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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

General Education Requirements42
Of the 51 units required by the university, 9 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 Major41
CHEM 001A. General ChemistryB1+B35
CHEM 001B. General Chemistry5
MATH 030. Calculus IB43
MATH 031. Calculus IIB44
MATH 032. Calculus IIIB43
MATH 112. Vector Calculus3
MATH 133A. Ordinary Differential Equations3
MATH 129A. Linear Algebra I3
PHYS 050. General Physics/MechanicsB1+B34
PHYS 051. General Physics/Electricity and MagnetismB1+B34
PHYS 052. General Physics/Waves, Light, HeatB1+B34
Requirement of the Major35
Core Courses35
PHYS 105A. Advanced Mechanics3
PHYS 105B. Advanced Mechanics3
PHYS 110A. Electricity and Magnetism3
PHYS 110B. Electricity and Magnetism3
PHYS 120A. Laboratory Electronics for Scientists I3
PHYS 122. Modern Physics3
PHYS 140. Computational Methods in Physics3
PHYS 160. Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics3
PHYS 163. Quantum Mechanics3
Additional units of upper division physics lab2
Additional units in upper division physics or astrophysics, or advisor-approved upper division electives6

Total Units:120