Prerequisites

Prerequisite Map

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.

Math Courses Relevant to Physics Majors

PrerequisitesPrerequisite For

Notes

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

Chemistry and Computer Science Courses Relevant to Physics Majors

PrerequisitesPrerequisite For

Notes

Chemistry 215 Intro Chemistry IPhysics 318
Chemistry 216 Intro Chemistry IIChemistry 215
Computer Science 125 Intro Visual Basic ProgrammingComputer Science 201Usually satisfied in high school
Computer Science 201 Intro C++ ProgrammingComputer Science 125 (recommended)Physics 350

Lower Division Physics Courses

PrerequisitesPrerequisite For

Notes

Physics 150 Introductory ElectronicsMath 120Physics 350
Physics 221 Intro Sequence IMath 211
Math 212 (recommended prerequisite or corequisite)
Physics 222Start of Introductory Physics Sequence
Physics 222 Intro Sequence IIPhysics 221
Math 211
Math 212 (recommended prerequisite or corequisite)
Physics 223
Physics 350
Physics 373
Physics 223 Intro Sequence IIIPhysics 222Physics 224
Physics 224 Intro Sequence IVPhysics 223Physics 225
Physics 318
Physics 225 Intro Sequence VPhysics 224Physics 313
Physics 370
Physics 324
Physics 306
Physics 421
Physics 473
Critical Nexus needed to unlock several required classes

Upper Division Physics Courses

PrerequisitesPrerequisite For

Notes

Physics 306 Classical Mechanics IPhysics 225
Physics 373
Physics 307
Physics 421
Physics 307 Classical Mechanics IIPhysics 306
Physics 313 Electromagnetism IPhysics 225
Physics 373
Physics 314
Physics 315
Physics 430
Physics 314 Electromagnetism IIPhysics 313Physics 422
Physics 315 OpticsPhysics 313
Physics 318 Material PhysicsChemistry 215
Physics 224
Math 252
Physics 324 Statistical MechanicsPhysics 225
Physics 373
Physics 350 Data Acquisition and ControlPhysics 222
Physics 150
Computer Science 201
Physics 352
Physics 373 Mathematical Methods IMath 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 ElectronicsPhysics 350
Physics 373
Physics 370 AstrophysicsPhysics 225
Physics 373
Physics 421 Quantum Mechanics IPhysics 306
Physics 225
Math 331
Physics 422 Quantum Mechanics IIPhysics 421
Physics 314
Physics 430 Advanced LabPhysics 313
Physics 421(recommended)
Physics 450 Solid StatePhysics 421
Physics 473 Mathematical Methods IIPhysics 373
Physics 225
Math 331
Physics 573 Mathematical Methods IIIPhysics 473
Math 331