This is Thomas Gredig, the physics undergraduate advisor for the Physics undergraduate programs. We offer three degrees and a minor:
You can schedule an appointment through CSULB BeachConnect after reading this useful and updated information in the following list:
If you have taken a course at a community college or elsewhere, then use assist.org to check the equivalency to transfer the units. Once your transfer credits have been added to your CSULB account, you can request an equivalency from me via email. Please provide me the following information with your request:
For the Physics, B.S., you take one upper-division 400-level laboratory course, see B.S. degree. The following courses are offered, I added the tentative semester:
Read the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR) Information
Check your course requirements for graduation by selecting “Academic Requirements Report” (ARR), see how to use your Academic Requirement Report.
You cannot transfer more than 70 units from CC, so you’ll need at least 50+ units to graduate with a B.S. or B.A. degree.
There are different General Education areas for courses as per Fall 2021, easiest way is to use the “Search” functionality, see ARR.
See the University Limitations on Switching Majors
You can double major in physics and broaden your future job opportunities. This is particularly viable for students majoring Mathematics, Chemistry, or Engineering as these fields have many common interests. For timely graduation, you would generally add a Physics B.A. degree by adding at least 4 UD physics courses (PHYS 310, PHYS 320, PHYS 350, and PHYS 360, for example) and using 4 more UD courses (could be from physics, engineering or math as discussed with the UD physics advisor) to complete the degree.
If you would like to add a Physics, B.A., please email me and request a “double major”, or second major addition. I will submit a request, if your records show that you can graduate in a timely fashion.
If you need to fulfill a specific GE requirement, such as “U.S. History”, you can find available GE courses by going to the “Student Center” -> “Search” -> “Additional Search Criteria” -> select “General Education Requirement” from Course Attribute, then select “GE AREA: U.S. History”, or whatever you need to fulfill. A list of courses are presented, you can narrow the search to specific days, etc.
Physics PhD Programs with Waived Application Fee:
For graduate students:
You can find typical CSU graduate’s salaries at CalState Pays. There is also an article based on life-time earnings per major in the WashingtonPost, which is based on data from Doug Webber from Temple University.