Bachelor of Science in Physics Roadmap

120 Total Units Required
Minimum Number of Units in the Major: 71

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterUnits
MATH 226 Calculus I 1 4
GE Area A: Oral Communication (A1) or Critical Thinking (A3) 2 3
GE Area A: Written English Communication (A2) 3 3
GE Area C: Arts (C1) 3
GE Area C: Humanities: Literature (C3) 3
 Units16
Second Semester
MATH 227 Calculus II 4
PHYS 220
PHYS 222
General Physics with Calculus I
and General Physics with Calculus I Laboratory
4
GE Area A: Oral Communication (A1) or Critical Thinking (A3) 3
GE Area A: Written English Communication II (A4) 3
 
 Units14
Third Semester
MATH 228 Calculus III 4
MATH 325 Linear Algebra 3
PHYS 230
PHYS 232
General Physics with Calculus II
and General Physics with Calculus II Laboratory
4
GE Area B: Life Science (B2) 3
GE Area D: U.S. History (D2) or U.S. and California Government (D3) 3
 Units17
Fourth Semester
MATH 245
Elementary Differential Equations and Linear Algebra
or Ordinary Differential Equations I
3
PHYS 240
PHYS 242
General Physics with Calculus III
and General Physics with Calculus III Laboratory
4
GE Area A: Written English Communication II (A4) if not already satisfied 3
 
GE Area D: Social Sciences (D1) 3
GE Area D: U.S. History (D2) or U.S. and California Government (D3) 3
 Units16
Fifth Semester
CSC 309 Computer Programming for Scientists and Engineers 3
PHYS 320 Modern Physics I 3
PHYS 321 Modern Physics Laboratory 2
Major Elective (10 Units Total) 4 2-3
GE Area C: Arts (C1) or Humanities (C2) 4 3
 Units13-14
Sixth Semester
PHYS 330 Analytical Mechanics I 3
PHYS 385 Introduction to Theoretical Physics I 3
Major Elective (10 Units Total) 4 3
GE Area UD-C: Upper Division Arts and/or Humanities (Consider SF State Studies Course) 3
GE Area UD-D: Upper Division Social Sciences (Consider SF State Studies Course) 3
 Units15
Seventh Semester
PHYS 360 Electricity and Magnetism I 3
PHYS 370 Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics 3
PHYS 430 Quantum Mechanics I 3
PHYS 457 Introduction to Analog Electronics 4
PHYS 490 Physics Project Laboratory 2
 Units15
Eighth Semester
PHYS 460 Electricity and Magnetism II 3
PHYS 491GW Advanced Laboratory II - GWAR 1
PHYS 695 Culminating Experience in Physics 1
Major Elective (10 Units Total) – Take Two 4 6
GE Area UD-B: Upper Division Physical and/or Life Sciences (Consider SF State Studies Course) 3
 Units14
 Total Units120-121