Sonoma State University
Department of Physics and Astronomy

Bachelor of Arts in Physics
Advisory Plan C
from the 1998-2000 catalog
Disclaimer: This is not the official catalog.

The B.A. program allows considerable flexibility for the student who wishes to study physics as part of a liberal arts education. Two advisory plans are offered. Advisory Plan C uses calculus. Students who choose this, the more popular advisory 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 California teaching credential in science.

Degree Requirements


Major Core Requirements (may include 5 - 6 in GE)

34 - 38

Required Concentration


Supporting Courses (may include 3 in GE)


Remainder of General Education


General Electives

20 - 24

Total units needed for graduation


Major Core Requirements

PHYS   114

Introduction to Physics I (may be applied to GE)


PHYS   116

Introductory Laboratory Experience (may be applied to GE)


PHYS   214

Introduction to Physics II


PHYS   216

Introductory Laboratory


PHYS   314

Introduction to Physics III


PHYS   340

Light and Optics


Choose one of the following two programming courses

2 - 4

PHYS   381

Computer Applications for Scientists (2)


CS     150

Introduction to Programming I (4)


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



Supporting Courses


MATH   161

Calculus I (3 units may be applied in GE)


MATH   211

Calculus II


MATH   261

Calculus III


Total units in supporting courses



Total units in the major

58 - 62

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

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