Do you like learning how things work and love math and science? You’ll learn about everything from subatomic particles to black holes. Discover the universal laws of force, energy, and more.

Careers in Engineering, Science, Teaching and Medicine

Physicists are in high demand. Join the healthcare industry and become a doctor or pharmacist. Become an engineer in a wide range of fields, or explore your options in education.

  • Get a job teaching or do research, or become a natural science manager.
  • Work in civil, mechanical or applications engineering.
  • Start a career in software development or data analysis, or become a lab technician.

Academic Plan for Physics

The plan shows all the courses you need to take to complete your goal from start to finish. Map your education by clicking on the Academic Plan for the degree you’re interested in earning below. 

Note: The academic plan will give you an idea of the classes you need to take. However, please meet with a counselor to personalize the plan.

Physics for Transfer—AS-T Degree

The AS-T in Physics is not intended for UC transfer. Please let your counselor know if you are considering UC transfer.

Term 1
Course Units Notes
MATH 0030 4 Math Department highly advises beginning with MATH 0027 or MATH 0029 prior to enrolling in MATH 0030. 
ENGL 0001A 4  
ECON 0001B 3  
BIOL 0010 or ANTH 0001 or ESS 0014 3  
NUTF 0010 or KIN 0083 or PSYC 0100 3  
TOTAL 17  
Term 2
Course Units Notes
PHYS 0205 4 PHYS 0205/0205L has a prerequisite of PHYS 0000A or PHYS 0105 or high school physics with a grade of C or better and MATH 0030 and MATH 0031 (MATH 31 may be taken at the same time as PHYS 0205).
PHYS 205L 1  
MATH 0031 4  
ENGL 0001B 3  
SPAN 0001 or PHIL 0002 or LGBT 0002 3  
TOTAL 15  
Term 3
Course Units Notes
MATH 0032 4  
PHYS 0210 3  
PHYS 0210L 1  
COMM 0001 3  
HIST 0017A or HIST 0027 3  
ARHI 0101 or SSCI 0050 or HUM 0002 or HUM 0003 3  
TOTAL 17  
Term 4
Course Units Notes
PHYS 0215 3  
PHYS 0215L 1  
MATH 0033 6  
HIST 0017B 3  
SPAN 0001 or PHIL 0002 or LGBT 0002 3 Students should choose a course from this list, which was not previously taken.
TOTAL 16  

Physics for UC Transfer Pathway—AS-T Degree

Please meet with your counselor to create a personalized academic plan for this degree.