Physical Sciences

The Bachelor of Science in Physical Sciences degree offers a broad survey of the physical sciences. This program is designed to allow students interested in teaching at the secondary school level. With proper scheduling, the program can provide both the breadth and depth required by the State of California and the USC School of Education for a Single Subject Teaching credential. Contact the Undergraduate Office in the Physics Department for more information.

Degree listings here reflect current requirements. Since actual graduation requirements depend on the specific year which a student enters USC, students should always consult with their faculty advisor to determine course selection.

 

Sample Program

Bachelor of Science Physical Sciences

 
Year 1
FallUnits
Math 125 4
Geol 105L 4
GE - Social Issues 4
WRIT 140 4
Phys 190 1

Total 17
SpringUnits
Math 126 4
Phys 151L 4
GE requirement 4
Foreign Language 4
   

Total 16
Year 2
FallUnits
Math 226 4
Phys 152L 4
Chem 105aL 4
Foreign Language 4

Total 16
SpringUnits
Phys 153L 4
Chem 105bL 4
GE Requirement 4
Foreign Language 4

Total 16
Year 3
FallUnits
ASTR Elective 4
GEOL Elective 4
GE Requirement 4
Elective 4

Total 16
SpringUnits
PHYS Elective 4
CHEM Elective 4
GE Requirement 4
Elective 4

Total 16
Year 4
FallUnits
Upper Division Elective 4
Upper Division Elective 4
Elective 4
Elective 4

Total 16
SpringUnits
Upper Division Elective 4
WRIT 340 4
Elective 4
Elective 4

Total 16
Requirement Listing
Required Lower Division CoursesUnits
PHYS 151L Fundamentals of Physics I 4
PHYS 152L Fundamentals of Physics II 4
PHYS 153L Fundamentals of Physics III 4
PHYS 190 Freshman Colloquium (recommended) (1)
CHEM 105abL General Chemistry 4-4
GEOL 105L Planet Earth 4
MATH 125 Calculus I 4
MATH 126 Calculus II 4
MATH 226 Calculus III 4
 
Required Upper Division Courses Units
Physics Elective* 4
Astronomy Elective* 4
Chemistry Elective* 4
Earth Science Elective* 4
Three (3) additional electives from these fields* 12

Total Units   64

*Upper division courses must be applicable to majors in their respective departments

  • Department of Physics and Astronomy
  • University of Southern California
  • 825 Bloom Walk
  • ACB 439
  • Los Angeles, CA 90089-0484