Undergraduate Program
RECOMMENDED PROGRAMS
FOR
PHYSICS AND ASTRONOMY DEGREES
( New Students )
( BS in Physics BS in Physics/Astrophysics BS in Physics for Teaching  BA in Physics  BA in Physics/Astronomy)
Bachelor of Science in Physics  

Year in program  FALL  SPRING  
FIRST  Math 226 Calc. I [R]  Math 227 Calc. II [R]  
FIRST  Phys 220 & 222 Calc. Phys. I [R]  
SECOND  Math 228 Calc. III [R]  Phys 240 & 242 Calc. Phys. III [R]  
SECOND  Phys 230 & 232 Calc. Phys. II [R]  Math 376 ODE I [R] or Math 245 diff eq & lin alg [R] 

SECOND  Csc 309 Programming [R]  
THIRD  Phys 320 Mod. Phys. [R]  Phys 360 E&M I [R]  
THIRD  Phys 321 Mod. Phys. Lab [R]  Phys 325 Mod. Phys. II* [ERec]  
THIRD  Phys 330 Mech. I [R]  Phys 370 Thermal. Phys. [R]  
THIRD  Phys 385 Theor. Phys. I [R]  
FOURTH  Phys 460 E&M II [R]  Phys 457 Electronics [R]  
FOURTH  Phys 430 Quantum I [R]  Phys 491 Project Lab II [R] (GWAR)  
FOURTH  Phys 490 Project Lab I [R] (GWAR)  Phys 695 Culminating Experience [R]  
FOURTH  Physics Elective* [E]  Phys 431 Quantum II* [ERec] 
 [R] = Required course; [E] Elective course; [ERec] = Elective
course strongly recommended
 Ph 385 MUST be taken before Ph 360.
 Lowerdivision courses (2xx numbers) are generally offered in both spring and fall semesters.
 Upperdivision courses (3xx or 4xx numbers) are usually offered only once per year, during the semester indicated above.
 Summer offerings have been limited to selected lowerdivision
courses.
 Phys 490 and 491 satisfy the GWAR requirement when taken in sequence in Fall 2010 or later.
 * Four upperdivision elective courses in physics, math,
astronomy, or related sciences, on advisement, are required.
 A maximum of 6 units taken CR/NC may be counted toward any undergraduate degree.
 A senior project needs approval of the student's academic advisor. In addition,
a senior project carried out with a lecturer needs chair approval.
 It is not possible to take a required course as a 600level supervision course.
The revised BS concentration in astrophysics is shown below. This is relevant for students graduating in Fall 2011 or later. For the old BS, please see the bulletin.
Bachelor of Science in Physics: Concentration in Astrophysics  

Year in program  FALL  SPRING  

Math 226 Calc. I [R]  Math 227 Calc. II [R]  

Astr 115 Intro. to Astro. [Rec]  Phys 220 & 222 Calc. Phys. I [R]  

Math 228 Calc. III [R]  Phys 240 & 242 Calc. Phys. III [R]  

Phys 230 & 232 Calc. Phys. II [R]  Math 376 ODE I [R] or Math 245 diff eq & lin alg [R] 

 Astr 301 Obs. Astronomy Lab [R]  Astr 300 Stars, Planets, Milky Way [R]  
Csc 206 Python Programming OR  Csc 309 Programming [R]  
Phys 320 Mod. Phys. [R]  Phys 360 E&M I [R]  

Phys 321 Mod. Phys. Lab [Rec]  Astr 340 The Big Bang (GWAR)[R]or Astr 470 Obs. Techniques in Astronomy [R] 


Phys 330 Mech. I [R]  Phys 370 Stat. Phys. [R]  

Phys 385 Theor. Phys. I [R] 


Astr 400 Intro. to Astrophysics [R]  Astr 697 Senior Project [R] or Astr 498 and Phys 695 


Phys 460 E&M II [ERec]  Astr 340 The Big Bang (GWAR)[R] or Astr 470 Obs. Techniques in Astronomy [R] 


Phys 430 Quantum I [R]  Elective 
 [R] = Required course; [E] Elective course; [ERec] = Elective course strongly recommended
 Ph 385 MUST be taken before Ph 360.
 Astr 300, 400 and 442 should be taken in sequence.
 Astr 470 should be taken after Astr 300 and 301. Astr 470 is offered every other year.
 The senior project (Astr 697) may be spread over two semesters or more and begun in the spring of the 3rd year (concurrently with Astr 470).
 Lowerdivision courses (2xx numbers) are generally offered in both spring and fall semesters.
 Upperdivision courses (3xx or 4xx numbers) are usually offered only once per year, during the semester indicated above. ASTR 470 is offered every other year.
 Summer offerings have been limited to selected lowerdivision
courses.
 Astr 115 (Introduction to Astronomy) does not count toward the major but is recommended as a broad introduction to the field.
 Six units of elective courses in physics or astronomy
are required. Electives may be chosen from Astr 405, 498, Phys 440,
460, 480, and up to 1 unit of a 600level ASTR course.
 A maximum of 6 units taken CR/NC may be counted toward any undergraduate degree.
 A senior project needs approval of the student's academic advisor. In addition,
a senior project carried out with a lecturer needs chair approval.
 It is not possible to take a required course as a 600level supervision course.
Bachelor of Science in Physics for Teaching  

Year in program  FALL  SPRING  
FIRST  Math 226 Calc. I [R]  Math 227 Calc. II [R]  
FIRST  LD Elective such as ASTR 115 [E]  Phys 220 & 222 Calc. Phys. I [R]  
SECOND  Math 228 Calc. III [R]  Phys 240 & 242 Calc. Phys. III [R]  
SECOND  Phys 230 & 232 Calc. Phys. II [R]  Math 376 ODE I [R] or Math 245 diff eq & lin alg [R] 

THIRD  Phys 320 Mod. Phys. [R]  Phys 360 E&M I [R]  
THIRD  Phys 321 Mod. Phys. Lab [R]  Phys 370 Thermal. Phys. [R]  
THIRD  Phys 330 Mech. I [R]  
THIRD  Phys 385 Theor. Phys. I [R]  Elective [E]  
FOURTH  SCI 652 SFSU Science Partners K  12 Schools [R]  Phys 491 Project Lab II [R] (GWAR)  
FOURTH  Phys 490 Project Lab I [R] (GWAR)  Phys 695 Culminating Experience [R]  
FOURTH  Elective* [E]  Elective* [E] 
 [R] = Required course; [E] Elective course; [ERec] = Elective
course strongly recommended
 Ph 385 MUST be taken before Ph 360.
 Lowerdivision courses (2xx numbers) are generally offered in both spring and fall semesters.
 Upperdivision courses (3xx or 4xx numbers) are usually offered only once per year, during the semester indicated above.
 Summer offerings have been limited to selected lowerdivision
courses.
 Phys 490 and 491 satisfy the GWAR requirement when taken in sequence in Fall 2010 or later.
 * Twelve units of elective courses are required. These courses must be selected in consultation with a departmental advisor to prepare to teach a second subject in addition to physics, or general science at 9th grade level.
Electives may be lowerdivision or upperdivision courses.
 A maximum of 6 units taken CR/NC may be counted toward any undergraduate degree.
 A senior project needs approval of the student's academic advisor. In addition,
a senior project carried out with a lecturer needs chair approval.
 It is not possible to take a required course as a 600level supervision course.
Bachelor of Arts in Physics  

Year in program  FALL  SPRING  

Math 226 Calc. I [R]  Math 227 Calc. II [R]  

Phys 220 & 222 Calc. Phys. I [R]  

Math 228 Calc. III [R]  Phys 240 & 242 Calc. Phys. III [R]  

Phys 230 & 232 Calc. Phys. II [R]  Math 376 ODE I [EREC] or Math 245 diff eq & lin alg [EREC] 


Phys 320 Mod. Phys. [R]  Phys 360 E&M I [R]  

Phys 321 Mod. Phys. Lab [R]  Phys 370 Thermal Phys. [R]  

Phys 330 Mech. I [R]  Physics elective (Phys 325 recommended) 


Phys 385 Theor. Phys. I [R] 

FOURTH 
Phys 490 Proj. Lab [R](GWAR)  Physics Elective* [E]  

Ph 460 E&M II* [ERec]  Physics 491 (GWAR) [E] 


Phys 695 Culminating Experience [R] 
 [R] = Required course; [E] Elective course; [ERec] = Elective course strongly recommended
 Ph 385 MUST be taken before Ph 360.
 Lowerdivision courses (2xx numbers) are generally offered in both spring and fall semesters.
 Upperdivision courses (3xx or 4xx numbers) are usually offered only once per year, during the semester indicated above.
 Summer offerings have been limited to selected lowerdivision
courses.
 Phys 490 and Phys 491 satisfy the GWAR requirement when taken in sequence in Fall 2010 or later.
 * Four units of upperdivision elective courses in physics, math, astronomy, or related sciences, on advisement, are required.
 A maximum of 6 units taken CR/NC may be counted toward any undergraduate degree.
 A minimum of 40 units of UD work must be completed. The BA degree requires 25 units of UD work in physics, so 15 units must be GE or additional electives.
 It is not possible to take a required course as a 600level supervision course.
Bachelor of Arts in Physics: Concentration in Astronomy  

Year in program  FALL  SPRING  

Math 226 Calc. I [R]  Math 227 Calc. II [R]  

Astr 115 Intro. to Astro. [R]  Phys 220 & 222 Calc. Phys. I [R]  

Math 228 Calc. III [R]  Phys 240 & 242 Calc. Phys. III [R]  

Phys 230 & 232 Calc. Phys. II [R]  


Phys 320 Mod. Phys. [R]  Astr 300 Stars, Planets, and the Milky Way [R]  
Phys 321 Mod. Phys. Lab [R]  ASTR 340 The Big Bang (GWAR) [R]  
Astr 301 Obs. Astron. Lab [R]  Astr 470 Obs. Techniques in Astronomy [R]  
Physics Elective* [E]  
Elective  Physics 480 Radiation/Optics* [ERec]  
Elective  Phys 695 Culminating Experience [R] 
 [R] = Required course; [E] Elective course; [ERec] = Elective course strongly recommended
 Lowerdivision courses (2xx numbers) are generally offered in both spring and fall semesters.
 Upperdivision courses (3xx or 4xx numbers) are usually offered only once per year, during the semester indicated above.
 Summer offerings have been limited to selected lowerdivision
courses.
 Astr 470 should be taken after Astr 300 and 301. Astr 470 is offered every other year.
 * Eleven units of upperdivision electives in astronomy, physics, geosciences, mathematics, or related subjects, selected on advisement, are required. No more than 3 units of 600 level courses may count toward this requirement..
 A maximum of 6 units taken CR/NC may be counted toward any undergraduate degree.
 A minimum of 40 units of UD work must be completed. The BA degree requires 25 units of UD work in physics, so 15 units must be GE or additional electives.
 It is not possible to take a required course as a 600level supervision course.