Academic Catalog


Physics for Transfer (AS-T)

Physics is the study of the relationship between matter and energy in the universe. The AS-T in Physics for Transfer degree is designed to prepare students to transfer to a California State University (CSU) with the intent of earning a baccalaureate degree in physics. The curriculum is designed to provide students working toward a bachelor’s degree a well-balanced, lower division program by emphasizing fundamental concepts and problem solving. The degree requirements are typical of what baccalaureate institutions require.

The following is required for the AS-T in Physics for Transfer degree:

  1. Minimum of 60 semester or 90 quarter CSU-transferable units.
  2. Minimum grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0 in all CSU-transferable coursework.
  3. Minimum of 18 semester or 27 quarter units in the major.
  4. A grade of “C” or higher or “Pass” in all courses required for the major.
  5. Certified completion of the California State University General Education (CSU GE) Breadth pattern or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC-CSU) pattern; see Degree Requirements and Transfer Information section for more information.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Draw scientific conclusions about simple and complex systems by collecting, assessing, and analyzing information.
  • Communicate technical ideas in group and professional settings in both written and oral form.

Associate in Science Degree Requirements

MATH-180Analytic Geometry and Calculus I5
MATH-280Analytic Geometry and Calculus II4
MATH-281Multivariable Calculus4
PHYC-201Mechanics and Waves5
PHYC-202Electricity, Magnetism, and Heat5
PHYC-203Light, Optics, and Modern Physics5
Units for the Major28
7 units may be double-counted with GE
Plus General Education Requirements (CSU GE or IGETC-CSU)39/37
Total Transferable Elective Units0/2
Total Units60

Please note: SDSU accepts this degree for students transferring into the B.S. Physics (General) or B.S. Physics (Modern Optics Emphasis).