Bachelor of Arts in Physics Roadmap
120 Total Units Required
Minimum Number of Units in the Major: 52
This roadmap is a suggested plan of study and does not replace meeting with an advisor. Please note that students may need to adjust the actual sequence of courses based on course availability. Please consult an advisor in your major program for further guidance.
|ENG 114||Writing the First Year: Finding Your Voice (A2) 1||3|
|MATH 226||Calculus I (Major Prerequisite, B4) 2||4|
|GE Area A 3||3|
|GE Area C||3|
|GE Area D||3|
|MATH 227||Calculus II (Major Prerequisite)||4|
& PHYS 222
|General Physics with Calculus I
and General Physics with Calculus I Laboratory (Major Prerequisites, B1, B3)
|GE Area A||3|
|GE Area E||3|
|MATH 228||Calculus III (Major Prerequisite)||4|
& PHYS 232
|General Physics with Calculus II
and General Physics with Calculus II Laboratory (Major Prerequisites)
|GE Area B: Life Science (B2)||3|
|Linear Algebra (if selecting MATH 376)|
|Select One (Major Prerequisite):||3|
|Elementary Differential Equations and Linear Algebra|
|Ordinary Differential Equations I|
& PHYS 242
|General Physics with Calculus III
and General Physics with Calculus III Laboratory (Major Prerequisites)
|GE Area D||3|
|GE Area C - Take Two||6|
|PHYS 320||Modern Physics I (Major Upper-Division Core)||3|
|PHYS 321||Modern Physics Laboratory (Major Upper-Division Core)||2|
|PHYS 330||Analytical Mechanics I (Major Upper-Division Core)||3|
|PHYS 385||Introduction to Theoretical Physics I (Major Upper-Division Core)||3|
|GE Area F ±||3|
|PHYS 360||Electricity and Magnetism I (Major Upper-Division Core)||3|
|PHYS 370||Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics (Major Upper-Division Core)||3|
|GE Area UD-C: Upper-Division Arts and/or Humanities||3|
|U.S. and California Government||3|
|SF State Studies or University Elective 4||3|
|PHYS 490||Physics Project Laboratory (Major Upper-Division Core)||2|
|GE Area UD-B: Upper-Division Physical and/or Life Sciences||3|
|GE Area UD-D: Upper-Division Social Sciences||3|
|SF State Studies or University Elective - Take Two 4||6|
|PHYS 491GW||Advanced Laboratory Techniques I - GWAR (Major Upper-Division Core) 3||3|
|PHYS 695||Culminating Experience in Physics (Major Upper-Division Core)||1|
|Major Elective (On advisement. PHYS 460 or PHYS 325 recommended.)||4|
|SF State Studies or University Elective - Take Three 4||9|
ENG 114 can only be taken if you complete Directed Self-Placement (DSP) and select ENG 114; if you choose ENG 104/ENG 105 through DSP you will satisfy A2 upon successful completion of ENG 105 in the second semester; multilingual students may be advised into alternative English courses.
To determine the best B4 course option, students should complete the online advising activity at mathadvising.sfsu.edu. Questions? Contact Gator Smart Start.
To avoid taking additional units, it is recommended that you meet the SF State Studies (AERM, GP, ES, SJ) requirements within your GE or major.
Upon completion of the B.A. in Physics program, students will have taken 12 units of Calculus courses that satisfy the Complementary Studies requirement for a B.A. degree.
Students who have earned AA-T or AS-T degrees and are pursuing a similar B.A. degree at SF State are required to fulfill the Complementary Studies requirement as defined by the major department. Students should consult with a major advisor about how transfer units and/or SF State units can best be applied to this requirement in order to ensure degree completion within 60 units.
Given catalog rights, fall 2023 transfer students do not need to complete an Area F course.