Bachelor of Science in Physics – PHYS Associate Degree for Transfer Roadmap

This is a sample pathway for students who transfer to San Francisco State University in the current Bulletin year with an AS-T in Physics. Twenty-four units in the major (MATH 226, MATH 227, MATH 228, PHYS 220, PHYS 222, PHYS 230, PHYS 232, PHYS 240, and PHYS 242) and all lower-division GE requirements have been satisfied. Additional units in the major may have been satisfied. Check with a major advisor about the most appropriate course sequence. Degree completion guaranteed in 60 units; see the Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) section for more information.

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterUnits
Select One (UD-C, USH, CSLG) 3
The U.S. Constitution to 1896 (AERM, SJ)  
The U.S. Constitution Since 1896 (AERM, SJ)  
Select One (Lower-Division Core): 1,2 3
Elementary Differential Equations and Linear Algebra  
Ordinary Differential Equations I  
PHYS 320
PHYS 321
Modern Physics I
and Modern Physics Laboratory (Upper-Division Core) 3
GE Area UD–B: Upper Division Physical and/or Life Sciences 4 3
Second Semester
CSC 309 Computer Programming (Upper-Division Core) 5 3
PHYS 360 Electricity and Magnetism I (Upper-Division Core) 6,7 3
PHYS 370 Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics (Upper-Division Core) 6 3
Major Elective 8 3
GE Area UD-D: Upper-Division Social Sciences 3
Third Semester
PHYS 430 Quantum Mechanics I (Upper-Division Core) 3 3
PHYS 460 Electricity and Magnetism II (Upper-Division Core) 3 3
PHYS 490 Physics Project Laboratory (Upper-Division Core) 3 2
Major Elective – Take Two 8 7
Fourth Semester
PHYS 431 Quantum Mechanics II (Upper-Division Core) 6 3
PHYS 457 Introduction to Analog Electronics (Upper-Division Core) 6 4
PHYS 491GW Advanced Laboratory II - GWAR (Upper-Division Core) 6 1
PHYS 695 Culminating Experience in Physics (Upper-Division Core) 6 1
GE Area UD–B: Upper Division Physical and/or Life Sciences 3
or University Elective if UD-B was already satisfied
University Elective 4
 Total Units60

To Do at SF State:

Enough total units to reach 120 minimum for graduation; 30 units minimum at the upper-division level; to include the following:

University-Wide Requirements: 9-15 Units

  • American Institutions (0-6 units): If not met before transfer, refer to the next bullet for advice.
  • Upper-Division GE (9 units): Courses may satisfy the US History or US/CA Government requirements, and UD-C or UD-D at the same time, if approved for multiple areas.
  • Students entering the major with the AS-T in Physics are not required to fulfill SF State Studies or Complementary Studies requirements.

Physics B.S. Major: 44-47 Units

MATH 226, MATH 227, MATH 228, PHYS 220, PHYS 222, PHYS 230, PHYS 232, PHYS 240, and PHYS 242 met in transfer.

  • Prerequisites (3 units if MATH 245 or equivalent not completed before transfer).
  • Upper-Division Requirements (34 units)
  • Upper-Division Electives (10 units): May be units in astronomy, physics, mathematics, or related sciences.

University Electives: 4 or More Units

Depends on course choices made at the community college, how transferred units are applied to the requirements above, and course choices at SF State. Some courses may meet more than one requirement, e.g., both in UD GE and the major.