Sonoma State University
Department of Physics and Astronomy

Bachelor of Arts in Physics
Advisory Plan C

from the 2002-2004 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

Units

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

16 - 20

Total units needed for graduation

120

 
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 Optics

3

Choose one of the following two programming courses

2 - 4

PHYS   381

Computer Applications for Scientists (2)

 

CS     115

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

12

 

Supporting Courses

 

MATH   161

Calculus I (3 units may be applied in GE)

4

MATH   211

Calculus II

4

MATH   261

Calculus IV

4

Total units in supporting courses

 

12

Total units in the major

58 - 62

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Department of Physics and Astronomy

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