Sonoma State University
Department of Physics and Astronomy

The B.S. in Physics
Sample Four-Year Program
from the 1998-2000 catalog
Disclaimer: This is not the official catalog.

The sequential nature of the physics curriculum necessitates an early start with major requirements and the distribution of general education courses over four years.

FRESHMAN YEAR: 31 UNITS
Fall Semester (15 units)   Spring Semester (16 units)  
CHEM 115A General Chemistry I 4 CHEM 115B General Chemistry II 4
CHEM 116A Recitation 1 CHEM 116B Recitation 1
MATH 161 Calculus I 4  MATH 211 Calculus II 4
ENGL 101 Expos Writing & Analytic Reading 3 PHYS 114 Physics I 4
Elective 2  PHYS 116 Intro Lab Experience 1
PHYS 494 Seminar (recommended) 1  Elective 2
 
SOPHOMORE YEAR: 31 UNITS
Fall Semester (15 units)   Spring Semester (16 units)  
MATH 261 Calculus II 4 MATH 231 Differential Equations 3
PHYS 214 Physics II 4  PHYS 314 Intro to Physics III 4
PHYS 216 Introductory Lab 1  PHYS 316 Intro Quantum Laboratory 1
General Education 3  PHYS 381 Computer Applic for Scientists 2
General Education 3  General Education 3
     General Education 3
 
JUNIOR YEAR: 30-31 UNITS
Fall Semester (16 units)   Spring Semester (15-14 units)  

PHYS 313, 313L Analog & Digital Electronics

4

PHYS 340 Light and Optics
or
PHYS 450 Statistical Physics

3
2

PHYS 325 Intro to Mathematical Physics

3

PHYS 320 Analytical Mechanics 3 
General Education 3 General Education 3
General Education 3 General Education 3
General Education 3  Physics Elective 3
 
SENIOR YEAR: 31-32 UNITS
Fall Semester (15 units)   Spring Semester (16-17 units)  
PHYS 430 Electricity and Magnetism 3

PHYS 340 Light and Optics
or
PHYS 450 Statistical Physics

3
2

PHYS 460 Quantum Physics 3  Physics Elective 2
Physics Elective 3  General Education 3
General Education 3  General Education 3
General Education 3  Electives 6
 
Total semester units: 124
 
Please see your advisor to discuss acceptable physics electives and when they will be offered. Twelve of the 51 units of GE are met by required courses listed here. (3 each in areas A2, B1, B3, and B4).

[Courses listed above meet requirements in the major, in supporting courses for the major, in general education, and for electives. Descriptions of some courses are available on the web.]

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The B.S. in Physics
Courses and Degrees Department of Physics and Astronomy
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