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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.

Course Requirements

General Education Requirements33
Of the 51 units required by the university, 18 units may be satisfied by specified major and support requirements. Consult major advisor for details.
American Institutions(6)
Of the 6 units required by the university, all may be satisfied within general education requirements as specified in the schedule of classes.
Physical Education2
Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement(3)
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
Preparation for the Major40
BIOL 020. Ecological BiologyB2+B33
BIOL 021. Human BiologyB2+B33
CHEM 001A. General ChemistryB1+B35
CHEM 001B. General Chemistry5
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
Requirement 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 Mechanics3
PHYS 110A. Electricity and Magnetism3
PHYS 120A. Laboratory Electronics for Scientists I3
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