Sonoma State University
Department of Physics and Astronomy

Bachelor of Arts in Physics
Advisory Plan C
from the 1996-98 catalog
Disclaimer: This is not the official catalog.

This plan uses calculus. Students who choose this, the more popular plan, have the prerequisites to take nearly all of the courses in the department. They find employment in scientific and engineering fields. Some go on to graduate school in interdisciplinary sciences. This degree program is appropriate for those who wish to earn a Secondary Education Teaching Credential in Physical Sciences.

Degree Requirements
Major Core Requirements (may include 5-6 in GE) 34-38
Required Concentration 12
Supporting Courses (may include 3 in GE) 12
Remainder of General Education 42
General Electives 20-24
Total units needed for graduation 124
Major Core Requirements
PHYS    114 Introduction to Physics I (may be applied to GE) 4
PHYS   116 Introductory Laboratory Experience (may be applied to GE) 1
PHYS   214 Introduction to Physics II 4
PHYS   216 Introductory Laboratory 1
PHYS   314 Introduction to Physics III 4
PHYS   340 Light and Optics3
Choose one of the following two programming courses 2-4
PHYS   381 Computer Applications for Scientists2
CS   150 Introduction to Programming I4
The major must include a minimum of 24 upper-division units in physics and astronomy,
so, with an advisor, choose 15-17 units in additional upper-division physics and astronomy courses.15-17
Total units in the major core 34-38
Required Area Of Concentration
Courses in one other field chosen in consultation with an advisor
Total units in area of concentration 12
Supporting Courses  
MATH   161 Calculus I (3 units may be applied in GE)4
MATH   211 Calculus II4
MATH   261 Calculus III4
Total units in supporting courses 12
Total units in the major 58-62

Sample Four-Year Program
Courses and Degrees Department of Physics and Astronomy

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