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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. U.S. History and GovernmentM63
HIST 015B. U.S. History and GovernmentM73
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
CHEM 001B. General ChemistryB1+B35
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
Requirements 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. Electronics, Data Acquisition & Analysis3
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