Transfer Students

Welcome to the SSU Physics & Astronomy Department Transfer Student Page!

Transfer students often have a unique path when navigating the transfer process. Here you will find some general information that can be helpful in this process, but we highly recommend meeting with a permanent faculty member to discuss your transfer path into physics and astronomy at SSU. This way you can make a concrete plan, discover any speed bumps as early as possible, and include them in your graduation plan. With that said, the rest of this page has some general guidelines and common speed bumps you might experience as a transfer student.

On September 23, 2021, we had an advising workshop for students going over some advice to stay on track for a timely graduation and discussing some likely speed bumps a student may have in their path to graduation. Here are the Advising Workshop Slides for your reference. Please feel free to reach out to any department faculty if you have questions!

Transfer students must attend Transfer Orientation. Before classes begin, you will be assigned an advisor who is a full-time faculty member in the Physics and Astronomy Department. Please look for your advisor in your MySSU or Loboconnect account, then check our faculty and staff Office Hours page for contact information and office hours. You are welcome to change your advisor if you prefer someone else. We highly recommend meeting with your advisor as soon as possible and at least once per semester to discuss your graduation requirements.

Make sure you know your Admission Requirements for Transfer students.

Transferable Courses to Meet Degree Requirements

The transfer students admitted to SSU and accepted into the Physics major program can transfer up to 70 units of courses to be applied towards their degree and must complete at least 30 units at Sonoma State as per residency requirement. Transferable courses applicable towards your physics degree must (i) be designated for baccalaureate credit by the college or university offering the courses, (ii) be completed by the student with acceptable grades, and, (iii) meet the degree’s curriculum requirements. The Official Course Transfer and Articulation System for California’s public colleges and universities shows you the articulation agreements between Sonoma State and other institutions in California.

Where Are You Transferring from?

Here we will include a couple specific articulations from common JC’s where most transfer students come from. For roadmaps, visit the Degree Programs and download the appropriate Advising Checklist (linked in the table at the bottom of the page).

  • SRJC (Santa Rosa Junior College)
    • Check out the Articulation Agreement between SRJC and Sonoma State. PHYS 43, Modern Physics for Scientists and Engineers at SRJC, do NOT count as an equivalent to PHYS 314 at Sonoma State, Introduction to Physics III: Relativity and Quantum Physics.
  • NVJC (Napa Valley Junior College)
  • College of Marin

CSU Transfer Policy

Students having 60 transferable semester units with a "C" average (2.0) will be eligible to transfer to a California State University provided a minimum of 30 units in GE, including all of Areas A and B4, is completed with grades of C or better.

The students admitted with full certification of completion of 39 units of the 48-unit GE requirement for graduation from the CSU may not be held to additional lower division General Education requirements. For 39-unit GE pattern for full certification and other details, a student should see a counselor at his/her junior college.

LDTP (Lower-Division Transfer Patterns)

The Lower-Division Transfer Patterns (LDTP) project, sponsored by the CSU and supported by the California Community Colleges, presents potential transfer students with a set of "road maps" to follow that will ensure appropriate academic preparation for studies at CSU and that will decrease time to graduation once these students enter the CSU. The LDTP for each discipline has a statewide as well as campus-specific components. The statewide component of the LDTP is appropriate for any CSU campus that offers the major and consists of general education coursework as well as some courses within the discipline. The campus-specific component identifies discipline related coursework relevant to the major at the specific CSU campus. Together these components for an LDTP discipline will total at least 60 units, the number needed to transfer to CSU as an upper-division student.

For more details, please visit CSU Transfer page.