Physics and Astronomy Department

BA - Physics, Preparation for Teaching

This major is designed for students interested in teaching science in high school or middle school. The following course work satisfies San José State University's requirements for a BA in Physics. A Minimum grade point average (GPA) criteria may be required for verification of subject matter competency. Completion of the program will not guarantee admission to the credential program. Like all other applicants, students must meet credential program standards and undergo screening for admission. See "Teaching: How to Become a Teacher in California" (see Teaching) for information on application and admission to credential programs.

University Graduation Requirements

Students must complete all residency, curriculum, unit, and GPA requirements as outlined in the Graduation Requirements section of the Policies and Procedures.

4-Year Program Roadmap

Students may find a roadmap for this program here. These roadmaps are an advising tool that outlines a path of courses a student can take to complete requirements for graduation. Roadmaps should be used in consultation with the catalog and your advisor to identify additional requirements for completing the major (for example course grade minimums).

Course Requirements

University Graduation Requirements35
Core Lower Division General Education24
Of the 39 units required by the university, 15 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Courses that meet GE Areas A1, A2, A3 or B4 must be passed with a "C-" or better to meet the requirement. Consult with major advisor for details.
Upper Division General Education3
Of the 9 units required by the university, 6 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Consult with major advisor for details.
American Institutions6
Coursework shown below for the 6 units required by the university are double counted within GE. Other courses do meet the American Institutions requirement, but may not include additional GE areas. Consult with major advisor for details.
Complete one sequence from:
African American Studies6
AFAM 002A. African-Americans and the Development of America's History and GovernmentD23
AFAM 002B. African-Americans and the Development of America's History and GovernmentM73
Asian American Studies6
AAS 033A. Asian Americans in U.S. History ID23
AAS 033B. Asian Americans in U.S. History IIM73
U.S. History and Government6
HIST 015A. Essentials of U.S. HistoryM123
HIST 015B. Essentials of U.S. & California GovernmentM113
Can be taken as POLS 015 A/B as well.
Mexican American Studies6
MAS 010A. Mexican Americans and the Development of U.S. History and GovernmentD23
MAS 010B. Mexican Americans and the Development of U.S. History and GovernmentM73
Physical Education2
Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement
At SJSU, students must pass both the SJSU Writing Skills Test (WST) and a 100W course. For additional information on the WST, please see Exceptions to the GWAR may be found at
A grade of C or better (C- not accepted) is required to meet graduation requirement.
Preparation for the Major40
BIOL 020. Ecological BiologyB2+B33
BIOL 021. Human BiologyB2+B33
CHEM 001A. General ChemistryB1+B35
CHEM 001B. General ChemistryB1+B35
CHEM 120S. Chemical Safety Seminar1
GEOL 103. Earth Systems and the EnvironmentR3
MATH 030. Calculus IB43
MATH 031. Calculus IIB44
MATH 032. Calculus IIIB43
SCI 110. Global Themes of Science3
SCED 175. Classroom Experiences in Science Teaching1
PHIL 133. Ethics in ScienceV3
Complete one course from:
GEOL 105. General OceanographyR3
METR 112. Global Climate ChangesR3
Requirements of the Major44
Core Courses44
ASTR 101. Modern AstronomyR3
PHYS 050. General Physics/MechanicsB1+B34
PHYS 051. General Physics/Electricity and MagnetismB1+B34
PHYS 052. General Physics/Waves, Light, HeatB1+B34
PHYS 105A. Advanced Mechanics I3
PHYS 110A. Electricity and Magnetism I3
PHYS 120A. Electronics, Data Acquisition & Analysis3
PHYS 122. Modern Physics3
PHYS 140. Computational Methods in Physics3
PHYS 158. Modern Optics3
PHYS 160. Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics3
ENGL 100W. Writing WorkshopZ3
Or any science 100W course
Additional units of upper division physics lab2
Additional units in upper division physics or astrophysics, or advisor-approved upper division electives3
University Electives1

Total Units:120