High school preparation for undergraduate programs in physics and astronomy should include four years of math at least through pre-calculus and one year each of chemistry, physics, and computer programming.

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Key Facts



BA (Hons) Physics

Degree Duration

4 years :

1 year pathway + 3 year degree


Pathways Available

International Year One


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Degree Overview

Knowledge and understanding of, and ability to use, essential concepts and methods in physics.
Strong ability to utilize mathematical relationships and methods to describe physical phenomena.
Ability to solve problems of significant difficulty in physics by integrating conceptual understanding, quantitative understanding, logical reasoning, and use of mathematical methods.
Good ability to analyze and interpret data, with proper treatment of measurement uncertainties.

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Students are strongly encouraged to periodically meet with a major advisor to review course selection and degree progress.

Why Study this Degree

Good ability to design and implement experimental investigations, with proper use of instrumentation.

Good ability to communicate knowledge and results to others in written and oral form.

Good ability to utilize print and electronic resources, computers, and software to gain information and perform calculations.

Your Pathways

The International Year One is the perfect pathway if you want a undergraduate degree from a UK, EU or US University but do not meet the requirements for direct entry.

The IY1 course provides an intensive combination of first year University subject modules with English language skills.

Following successful completion of the IY1 you will continue onto your second year degree study directly with the University of your choice.

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San Francisco State University

Founded in 1889, SF State offers world-class academics, a diverse campus and an incredible location for students.

With around 27,000 students from all over the globe, international students find SF State a truly welcoming community and diverse place to live in.

SF State has been included in the Top 20 colleges nationwide for best location. It was also rated one of the most diverse colleges in America, according to Wall Street Journal’s 2022 College Rankings.