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2023/2024 University Catalog 
2023/2024 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Physical Science, B.A. in Applied Arts and Sciences

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(Major Code: 19011) (SIMS Code: 777303)

In preparation for the Single Subject Teaching Credential in Science/Physical Science

All candidates for a degree in applied arts and sciences must complete the graduation requirements listed in the section of the catalog on “Graduation Requirements .” Candidates may complete one of their two American Institutions courses at the upper division level or satisfy the California state and local government portion of American Institutions by passing the California Government examination available through the Testing Services office. 

A minor is not required for this major.

General Education

Physical Science majors automatically satisfy the Natural Sciences and Quantitative Reasoning foundations GE areas as well as the Natural Sciences and Humanities explorations GE areas by completion of preparation for the major. Students choosing the pathway 2 specialization satisfy the Social and Behavioral Sciences explorations GE area and Cultural Diversity requirements as well.

Recommended Choices for GE Foundations Courses

The following courses will prepare you for success in some of the major courses that have extensive writing components. They also provide you with a broader perspective of science in society.

Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement

Completing one of the approved upper division writing courses (W) with a grade of C (2.0) or better. See “Graduation Requirements ” section for a complete listing of requirements.


A minimum of 35 upper division units to include


(A minimum of 7 units)

Choose one of the pathways below.

Pathway 1

Designed for students planning to apply to a single subject teaching credential program in California.

Pathway 2

Designed for students interested in connecting science to policy and society.

Additional Requirements for Teaching in California

In order to teach science and physics in California public schools, candidates must also complete a fifth-year, post-baccalaureate program to earn a single subject teaching credential. The School of Teacher Education can provide information on requirements needed to enter this fifth-year program. Students are advised to consult the School of Teacher Education at the end of their junior year.

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