Department of Physics & Astronomy


Find classrooms and times in the SFSU class schedule.

Courses offered every semester:
ASTR 115Introduction to Astronomy
ASTR 116Astronomy Laboratory
ASTR 685Projects in the Teaching of Astronomy
PHYS 101Conceptual Physics
PHYS 102Conceptual Physics Laboratory
PHYS 111General Physics I
PHYS 112General Physics I Laboratory
PHYS 121General Physics II
PHYS 122General Physics II Laboratory
PHYS 220General Physics with Calculus I
PHYS 222General Physics with Calculus I Laboratory
PHYS 230General Physics with Calculus II
PHYS 232General Physics with Calculus II Laboratory
PHYS 240General Physics with Calculus III
PHYS 242General Physics with Calculus III Laboratory

Courses offered in FALL semesters:
ASTR 301Observational Astronomy Laboratory
ASTR 400Stellar Astrophysics
ASTR 700Stellar Astrophysics (paired with ASTR 400)
PHYS 320Modern Physics I
PHYS 321Modern Physics Laboratory
PHYS 330Analytic Mechanics I
PHYS 385Introduction to Theoretical Physics
PHYS 430Quantum Mechanics I
PHYS 450Introduction to Solid State Physics
PHYS 460Electricity & Magnetism II
PHYS 490Physics Project Laboratory (GWAR)
PHYS 701Classical Mechanics
PHYS 715Lasers & Quantum Optics
PHYS 725Special & General Relativity (not offered F18)
PHYS 775Statistical Physics
PHYS 785Theoretical Physics
PHYS 885Projects in Teaching Physics & Astronomy

Courses offered in SPRING semesters:
ASTR 300Stars, Planets & the Milky Way
ASTR 340The Big Bang (GWAR)
ASTR 470Observational Techniques (next offered Spring 2021)
ASTR 498Astronomy Research Literature
ASTR 722Radiative Processes & Gas Dynamics (even years)
ASTR 742Galaxies & Cosmology
ASTR 770Observational Techniques in Astro. Research (even years)
ASTR 798Astronomy Research Literature (paired with ASTR 498)
PHYS 325Modern Physics II
PHYS 360Electricity & Magnetism I
PHYS 370Thermodynamics & Statistical Mechanics
PHYS 431Quantum Mechanics II (odd years)
PHYS 440Computational Physics (even years)
PHYS 457Introduction to Analog Electronics
PHYS 480Introduction to Optics & Photonics (even years)
PHYS 491Advanced Laboratory II (GWAR)
PHYS 695Culminating Experience in Physics
PHYS 704Electricity & Magnetism I
PHYS 706Quantum Mechanics
PHYS 710Advanced Laboratory Techniques (odd years)
PHYS 712Plasma Physics (odd years)
PHYS 730Photonics & Nanomaterials (even years)
PHYS 740Computational Physics (paired with PHYS 440) (even years)

Courses offered less frequently:
ASTR 341Planetarium Training
ASTR 405Exoplanetary Science
PHYS 495Introduction to Apparatus Fabrication
PHYS 711Semiconductor Devices & Technology
PHYS 714Low Temperature Physics
PHYS 726Quantum Field Theory

Courses in other fields that can count as electives for BA/BS physics & astro degrees:
BIOL 609Physics in Medicine
BIOL 627Biophysics
ENGR 303Engineering Thermodynamics
ENGR 304Mechanics of Fluids
ENGR 306Electromechanical Systems
ENGR 309Mechanics of Solids
ENGR 350Engineering Electromagnetics
ENGR 432Finite Element Methods in Structural Mechanics
ENGR 461Mechanical & Structural Vibrations
ENGR 466Gas Dynamics & Boundary Layer Flow
ENGR 468Applied Fluid Mechanics & Hydraulics
ENGR 470Biomechanics
ERTH 425Geomorphology
ERTH 430Fluid Dynamics in Earth Systems
ERTH 434Coastal Processes
ERTH 436Atmophere-Ocean Interactions
ERTH 444Hydrogeology
ERTH 454Engineering Geology
ERTH 460Atmospheric Thermodynamics & Cloud Physics
ERTH 470Physical Oceanography
ERTH 535Planetary Climate Change
ERTH 560Atmospheric Dynamics I
ERTH 610Neotectonics
MATH 325Linear Algebra
MATH 380Complex Analysis
MATH 400Numerical Analysis
MATH 440Probability & Statistics I
MATH 450Topology
MATH 451Differential Geometry
MATH 477Partial Differential Equations

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