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Physics and Astronomy Department

BS - Physics

This 120-unit program prepares students for professional positions in applied physics and research or for graduate study at the PhD level (transfer students must take at least 12 units of upper division physics major courses at SJSU with a GPA of 2.0 or better in these courses).


Course Requirements

University Graduation Requirements44
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 Education9
Of the 9 units required by the university, 0 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. Consult with major advisor for details.
Complete one sequence from:
Asian American Studies6
AAS 033A. Asian Americans in the United States Historical and Political ProcessM63
AAS 033B. Asian Americans in the United States Historical and Political ProcessM73
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 GovernmentM63
MAS 010B. Mexican Americans and the Development of U.S. History and GovernmentM73
Physical Education2
Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement3
At SJSU, students must pass both the SJSU Writing Skills Test (WST) and a 100W course. For additional information on the WST, please see http://testing.sjsu.edu/wst. Exceptions to the GWAR may be found at http://info.sjsu.edu/gwar.html.
Preparation for the Major41
CHEM 001A. General ChemistryB1+B35
MATH 030. Calculus IB43
MATH 031. Calculus IIB44
MATH 032. Calculus IIIB43
MATH 133A. Ordinary Differential Equations3
PHYS 040. Intro to computational physics3
PHYS 050. General Physics/MechanicsB1+B34
PHYS 051. General Physics/Electricity and MagnetismB1+B34
PHYS 052. General Physics/Waves, Light, HeatB1+B34
Requirements of the Major35
Core Courses43
PHYS 105A. Advanced Mechanics I3
PHYS 110A. Electricity and Magnetism I3
PHYS 110B. Electricity and Magnetism II3
PHYS 120A. Electronics, Data Acquisition & Analysis3
PHYS 122. Modern Physics3
PHYS 130. Mathematical Methods in Physics4
PHYS 140. Computational Methods in Physics3
PHYS 160. Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics3
PHYS 163. Quantum Mechanics3
Complete one course from:
PHYS 120B. Modern and Solid State Physics Lab3
PHYS 120C. Advanced Physics Lab: Optics and Lasers3
Additional six units in upper division physics or astrophysics from:
ASTR 117A. Astrophysics I3
ASTR 117B. Astrophysics II3
ASTR 155. Topics in Modern Astronomy and Astrophysics3
PHYS 105B. Advanced Mechanics II3
PHYS 158. Modern Optics3
PHYS 175A. Solid State Physics3
PHYS 120B. Modern and Solid State Physics Lab3
PHYS 120C. Advanced Physics Lab: Optics and Lasers3
PHYS 168. Lasers3
Additional units of adviser-approved science or engineering electives6

Total Units:120