Common university majors related to the
field of Physical and Earth Studies include:
Biochemistry, Chemical Engineering, Chemical
Physics, Chemistry, Earth Studies and Sciences,
Environmental Chemistry, Geographic Information
Systems, Geography, Geology, Hydrologic Science,
Meteorology and Oceanography, Physical Sciences,
Course Requirements for Transfer Students
Students who plan to transfer to a four year college
or university and earn a bachelor’s degree in this
discipline should consult with a counselor or visit the
Transfer/Career Center to determine the appropriate
major preparation courses for their specific transfer
institution and major. Transfer students may also
earn an Associate of Arts degree in Liberal Arts
and Sciences with an emphasis. This degree may
be individually tailored to each student’s specific
transfer requirements in order to provide the most
efficient path to transfer. More information on
transfer programs and procedures is available in the
Transfer Programs section of the catalog.
It is strongly recommended that students consult
with a counselor to determine which general
education option is most appropriate for their
individual educational goals.
It is recommended that students intending
to transfer to San Diego State University (SDSU) BS
in Physics, General Physics or BS in Physics, Modern
Optics should complete the courses marked with a
“#”. Students intending to transfer into this major
at other CSUs should consult a counselor and visit www.assist.org for guidance on appropriate
*Course also fulfills general education requirements
for the CSU GE or IGETC pattern.
# This course fulfills SDSU’s lower division
preparation for the major in BS in Physics, General
Physics or the BS in Physics, Modern Optics, under
In addition to the courses listed
above, students must complete one of the following
general education options:
• The IGETC pattern (page 102) is accepted by all CSU campuses and most UC campuses and majors. It is also accepted by some private/ independent or out of state universities.
• The CSU GE pattern (page 109) is accepted by all CSU campuses and some private/independent or out of state universities. It is not accepted by the UC system.
Electives as needed to meet maximum of 60 CSU-transferable units required for the degree.
Careers related to this field typically require education beyond the associate degree level and some may require a graduate degree.
|COURSES REQUIRED FOR THE MAJOR||UNITS|
|PHYS 195 Mechanics *# ||5|
|PHYS 196 Electricity and Magnetism *# ||5|
|PHYS 197 Waves, Optics and Modern Physics *# || 5|
|MATH 150, Calculus with Analytic Geometry I *#||5|
|MATH 151, Calculus with Analytic Geometry II *#||4|
|MATH 252, Calculus with Analytic Geometry III *#||4|
|Total: 28 |