Bachelor of Science in Physics: Concentration in Astrophysics Roadmap

120 Total Units Required
Minimum Number of Units in the Major: 72

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.

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterUnits
ENG 114 Writing the First Year: Finding Your Voice (A2) 1 3
MATH 226 Calculus I (Major Prerequisite, B4) 2 4
PHYS 200 Planning for Success as a Physics & Astronomy Major (Major Prerequisite) 1
GE Area A 3 3
GE Area C 3
GE Area D 3
Second Semester
MATH 227 Calculus II (Major Prerequisite) 4
PHYS 220
PHYS 222
General Physics with Calculus I
and General Physics with Calculus I Laboratory (Major Prerequisite, B1, B3)
GE Area A 3
GE Area E 3
Third Semester
Select One (Major Upper-Division Core): 3
Computer Programming
Mathematical Computing
MATH 228 Calculus III (Major Prerequisite) 4
PHYS 230
PHYS 232
General Physics with Calculus II
and General Physics with Calculus II Laboratory (Major Prerequisite)
GE Area B: Life Science (B2) 3
Fourth Semester
ASTR 300 Stars, Planets, and the Milky Way (Major Upper-Division Core) 3
Select One (Major Prerequisite): 3
Introduction to Linear Algebra
Elementary Differential Equations and Linear Algebra
PHYS 240
PHYS 242
General Physics with Calculus III
and General Physics with Calculus III Laboratory (Major Prerequisite)
GE Area C - Take Two 6
Fifth Semester
ASTR 301 Observational Astronomy Laboratory (Major Upper-Division Core) 2
Select One (Major Prerequisite): 3
Ordinary Differential Equations I (if MATH 225 taken)
PHYS 320 Modern Physics I (Major Upper-Division Core) 3
PHYS 330 Analytical Mechanics I (Major Upper-Division Core) 3
PHYS 385 Introduction to Theoretical Physics I (Major Upper-Division Core) 3
Sixth Semester
ASTR 340GW The Big Bang - GWAR (Major Upper-Division Core) 3
ASTR 470 Observational Techniques in Astronomy (Major Upper-Division Core) 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 D 3
Seventh Semester
ASTR 400 Stellar Astrophysics (Major Upper-Division Core) 3
ASTR 697 Senior Project (Major Upper-Division Core) 3
PHYS 430 Quantum Mechanics I (Major Upper-Division Core) 3
GE Area F ± 3
GE Area UD-C: Upper-Division Arts and/or Humanities 3
Eighth Semester
Major Elective (3-6 Units Total) – Take One 4 3
Select One: 3
Major Elective (if MATH 245 taken)
GE Area UD-B: Upper-Division Physical and/or Life Sciences 3
GE Area UD-D: Upper-Division Social Sciences 3
U.S. and California Government 3
 Total Units120

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 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.


Major Electives (3-6 units)

Students must take one 400-level PHYS and/or ASTR course. Student who take MATH 245 must take additional electives to reach 72 units for the major, which can be an additional 3 upper division units in PHYS and/or ASTR, or a course outside of PHYS or ASTR with prior permission of a faculty advisor.


Given catalog rights, fall 2023 transfer students do not need to complete an Area F course.