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.
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Sample Program for Bachelor of Science Physical Sciences
Year 1 
Fall  Units 
Math 125 
4 
Geol 105L 
4 
GE Requirement 
4 
WRIT 150 
4 
Phys 190 
1 

Total 
17 

Spring  Units 
Math 126 
4 
Phys 151L 
4 
GE requirement 
4 
Foreign Language 
4 



Total 
16 

Year 2 
Fall  Units 
Math 226 
4 
Phys 152L 
4 
Chem 105aL 
4 
Foreign Language 
4 

Total 
16 

Spring  Units 
Phys 153L 
4 
Chem 105bL 
4 
GE Requirement 
4 
Foreign Language 
4 

Total 
16 

Year 3 
Fall  Units 
ASTR Elective 
4 
GEOL Elective 
4 
GE Requirement 
4 
Elective 
4 

Total 
16 

Spring  Units 
PHYS Elective 
4 
CHEM Elective 
4 
GE Requirement 
4 
Elective 
4 

Total 
16 

Year 4 
Fall  Units 
Upper Division Elective 
4 
Upper Division Elective 
4 
Elective 
4 
Elective 
4 

Total 
16 

Spring  Units 
Upper Division Elective 
4 
WRIT 340 
4 
Elective 
4 
Elective 
4 

Total 
16 

Requirement Listing
Required Lower Division Courses  Units 
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 
44 
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