Bachelor of Arts in Physical Science

A Bachelor of Arts (BA) in physical science was originally designed to meet the single subject guidelines for secondary school teachers. The guidelines have evolved in such a way that this is no longer true. However, a number of our graduates continue to go into teaching with this very broad degree program. If you are interested in physics, chemistry, geology, and astronomy - this may be the degree for you!

The lower and upper division courses required for a BA in physical science are:

Lower Division (46 Units) 
ASTR 4 (Introduction to Astronomy)
ASTR 6 (Astronomical Observation Laboratory)
BIO 10 (Basic Biological Concepts) 
MATH 30, 31, 32, (Calculus I, II, & III)
MATH 45 (Differential Equations)
CHEM 1A, 1B (General Chemistry I & II)
CHEM 20 (Organic Chemistry)
GEOL 10 (Physical Geology) 
PHYS 11A, 11B, 11C (General Physics I, II, & III)

Upper Division (30 Units) 
PHYS 106 (Intro to Modern Physics)
Two of: PHYS 115 (Electronics and Instrumentation), PHYS 130 (Acoustics), PHYS 145 (Optics)
Two of: CHEM 124 (Organic Chemistry II), CHEM 125 (Advanced Organic Lab), 
             CHEM 140A, B (Physical Chemistry I & II), CHEM 161 (General Biochemistry) 
PHSC 107 (History of thePhysical Sciences)
GEOG 111 (Elements of Meteorology)
GEOL 121 (Geology of California) or GEOL 140 (Geology and the Environment)
GEOL 130 (Oceanography)
GEOL 184 (Geological Field Trip)

Students interested in a career in Secondary Education are recommended to consider the BA in Physics with the Teacher Preparation Concentration. It is a proposed program that we hope will begin in Fall 2009.

For general education requirements, please see the General Education Section of the University Catalog.

For more details on the program, please see the University Catalog.

Last Updated: June 3, 2010