Sonoma State University
Department of Physics and Astronomy

The Bachelor of Science in Physics with a Concentration in Applied 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. Physics Electives must include 5 or 6 units in one of the application specializations.

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FRESHMAN YEAR: 30 UNITS
Fall Semester (15 units) Spring Semester (15 units)
Chemistry 115A General Chemistry I 4  Math 211 Calculus II 4
Chemistry 116A Recitation 1 Physics 114 Intro to Physics I 4
Math 161 Calculus I 4 Physics 116 Intro Lab Experience 1
English 101 Expos Writing & Analytic Reading 3 General Education 3
Elective 2 General Education 3
Physics 494 Physics Seminar (recommended) 1
SOPHOMORE YEAR: 31 UNITS
Fall Semester (15 units) Spring Semester (16 units)
Math 261 Calculus III 4 Physics 314 Intro to Physics III 4
Physics 214 Intro to Physics II 4 Physics 316 Introductory Quantum Lab 1
Physics 216 Introductory Lab 1 General Education 3
General Education 3 General Education 3
General Education 3 General Education 3
  Elective 2
JUNIOR YEAR: 31 UNITS
Fall Semester (16 units) Spring Semester (15 units)
Physics 313, 313L Analog & Digital Electronics 4 Physics 340 Light and Optics 3
Physics 325 Intro to Mathematical Physics 3 Physics Elective or Physics 450 Statistical Physics 2
Physics Elective 3 Physics Elective 3
General Education 3 General Education 3
Elective 3 Elective 4
SENIOR YEAR: 32 UNITS
Fall Semester (16 units) Spring Semester (16 units)
Physics 430 Electricity & Magnetism 3 Physics Elective or Physics 450 Statistical Physics 2
Physics 460 Quantum Physics 3 Physics 493 or 497 or 411 2
Physics Elective 4 Physics Elective 0 - 1
General Education 3 General Education 3
Elective 3 General Education 3
Elective 6 - 5

See your advisor to discuss acceptable physics electives and when they will be offered. Twelve of the 51 units of general education are met by required courses listed here (3 each in 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.] _________________________________________

The B.S. in Physics with a Concentration in Applied Physics
Courses and Degrees Department of Physics and Astronomy
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