Prerequisites for Physics Courses

Physics students are strongly urged to consult with a faculty member in the Department of Physics prior to taking any classes at CSUSB. See the Bulletin of Courses for descriptions of courses. Tree Graph of all core classes required in the physics major. The tables below provide the same information.

Math Courses Relevant to Physics Majors

Prerequisites Prerequisite For

Notes

Math 110 Algebra Math 120 Usually satisfied in high school
Math 120 Pre-Calculus Math 110 Math 211
Physics 150
Usually satisfied in high school
Math 211 Single Variable Calculus I Math 120 Math 212
Physics 211
Math 212 Calculus II Math 211 Physics 221 (corequisite or recommended prerequisite)
Physics 222
Math 213
Math 251
Math 213 Calculus III Math 212 Physics 222 (corequisite or recommended prerequisite)
Math 345
Math 355
Math 252
Math 251 Multi Variable Calculus I Math 212 Math 252
Math 331
Math 252 Multi Variable Calculus II Math 251 Physics 324
Physics 318
Physics 373
Math 331 Linear Algebra Math 251 Physics 373 (recommended)
Physics 421
Physics 473
Physics 573
Math 345 Number Theory Math 213 Take this or Math 355 to satisfy a Math minor
Math 355 Math 213 Take this or Math 345 to satisfy a Math minor

Chemistry and Computer Science Courses Relevant to Physics Majors

Prerequisites Prerequisite For

Notes

Chemistry 215 Intro Chemistry I Physics 318
Chemistry 216 Intro Chemistry II Chemistry 215
Computer Science 125 Intro Visual Basic Programming Computer Science 201 Usually satisfied in high school
Computer Science 201 Intro C++ Programming Computer Science 125 (recommended) Physics 350

Lower Division Physics Courses

Prerequisites Prerequisite For

Notes

Physics 150 Introductory Electronics Math 120 Physics 350
Physics 221 Intro Sequence I Math 211
Math 212 (recommended prerequisite or corequisite)
Physics 222 Start of Introductory Physics Sequence
Physics 222 Intro Sequence II Physics 221
Math 211
Math 212 (recommended prerequisite or corequisite)
Physics 223
Physics 350
Physics 373
Physics 223 Intro Sequence III Physics 222 Physics 224
Physics 224 Intro Sequence IV Physics 223 Physics 225
Physics 318
Physics 225 Intro Sequence V Physics 224 Physics 313
Physics 370
Physics 324
Physics 306
Physics 421
Physics 473
Critical Nexus needed to unlock several required classes

Upper Division Physics Courses

Prerequisites Prerequisite For

Notes

Physics 306 Classical Mechanics I Physics 225
Physics 373
Physics 307
Physics 421
Physics 307 Classical Mechanics II Physics 306
Physics 313 Electromagnetism I Physics 225
Physics 373
Physics 314
Physics 315
Physics 430
Physics 314 Electromagnetism II Physics 313 Physics 422
Physics 315 Optics Physics 313
Physics 318 Material Physics Chemistry 215
Physics 224
Math 252
Physics 324 Statistical Mechanics Physics 225
Physics 373
Physics 350 Data Acquisition and Control Physics 222
Physics 150
Computer Science 201
Physics 352
Physics 373 Mathematical Methods I Math 252
Physics 222
Math 331 (recommended)
Physics 306
Physics 313
Physics 352
Physics 370
Physics 473
Critical Nexus needed to unlock several required classes
Physics 352 Advanced Electronics Physics 350
Physics 373
Physics 370 Astrophysics Physics 225
Physics 373
Physics 421 Quantum Mechanics I Physics 306
Physics 225
Math 331
Physics 422 Quantum Mechanics II Physics 421
Physics 314
Physics 430 Advanced Lab Physics 313
Physics 421(recommended)
Physics 450 Solid State Physics 421
Physics 473 Mathematical Methods II Physics 373
Physics 225
Math 331
Physics 573 Mathematical Methods III Physics 473
Math 331