Natural Sciences - Physics Option, B.A.


Science and Mathematics Interdisciplinary Programs

Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements Natural Sciences Major Physics Option 

The B.A. in Natural Sciences serves as a waiver program for the Single Subject Teaching Credential in Science. Please contact CSM Advising and Resources Center (ARC) at 559.278.4150 for advising and more information. 

The degree is also a suitable choice for students with a general interest in physics and interest in pursuing a career in law, medicine, dentistry, optometry, and other areas for which the breadth of scientific coverage of this degree is advantageous.

1. Major Requirements (77 units)

Core requirements (36 units)

Biology (12 units)
BIOL 1A, BIOL 1B, BIOL 1BL, BIOL 101, and BIOL 101L

Chemistry (10 units)

Geology (7 units)
EES 1 and EES 168

Natural Science (3 units)
NSCI 106

Physical Science (4 units)

Physics Option (41 units)
CHEM 128A (3 units)
PSCI 168 (3 units)
MATH 75, 76, 77, 81 (15 units)
PHYS 4A, PHYS 4AL, PHYS 4B, PHYS 4BL, PHYS 4C (11 units)
PHYS 102, PHYS 105A, PHYS 107A (9 units)

2. General Education requirements (49 units)

3. Other requirements (9 units)
American Government and Institutions (PLSI 2), Multicultural and International (MI), and Upper-division writing

4. Sufficient elective units to meet required total units (varies)

5.Total (120 units)*

* G.E. and MI courses can be double-counted with major requirements. See advisor for details.

Advising Notes for all Options within the Natural Sciences Major

  1. Substitutions may be made with the permission of the appropriate department chair. PHYS 4A-B-C with labs 4AL, 4BL is recommended instead of PHYS 2A-B for those students well-prepared for physics.
  2. This total assumes that students in this option will maximize 13 units required for the major that also may be applied to fulfill General Education requirements as follows: CHEM 1A/1AL (4 units), BIOL 1A (3 units), EES 168 (3 units) and, depending on emphasis and choice, MATH 75 (3 units). Consult your major advisor for details.

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B.A. in Natural Sciences - Physics Option

A Roadmap identifies the specific set of courses students must complete in their major in sequential order. Information on corequisites or prerequisites is listed along with other pertinent information to assist students in completing courses towards the major.

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