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San Francisco State University
Physics B.A.

The Physics and Astronomy Department offers strong undergraduate and graduate programs in physics, astronomy, and astrophysics which are designed to prepare students for a variety of careers in science, technology, and teaching, as well as for graduate study. The goal is to educate versatile physicists and astronomers who combine a solid knowledge of theory with real-world skills in problem solving, data acquisition and analysis, and computer-based simulation and analysis. The department specializes in the "hands-on" approach so important in the 21st century. Students at all levels are encouraged to work on a research project under the direction of a faculty supervisor. The projects may involve experimental laboratory work, astronomical observations and data analysis, or theoretical modeling using analytical and computational approaches.

The Bachelor of Arts in Physics is suited for students whose career goals involve the combination of physics with other fields such as engineering, business, or humanities. This program provides excellent preparation for technical writers, technical salespeople, and laboratory technicians and research assistants. This B.A. in physics stresses education in physics fundamentals with some additional advanced courses, laboratory, and computer work. It can be combined with a minor in business, engineering, art, or humanities to prepare students for careers that cross disciplinary lines. Future teachers can combine it with a mathematics minor to prepare themselves to teach math as well as physics. Future teachers should also consider the BS in Physics with a Concentration in Physics for Teaching.

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