Transfer Student Guide

First Things First: We Are Lucky to Have Your Interest

Our program is renouned for Physics but the students are what make it truly special. Whether you are considering an application to our program or are actively pursuing one, we look forward to having you be a part of our community. The steps involved in transfering can be slowed by beuracracy but we are here to help at every step. Should you ever feel overwhelmed please reach out to the physics advisor who can assist you.

 

Requirements

 To prepare for transferring from your current institution to ours, the following requirements must be met.

  1. Check whether your institution has equivalent courses
  2. Complete required courses (below)
  3. Pass 2/3 of the PHYS 5 series courses on the first attempt

 

GPA >2.70
  • PHYS 5A Introduction to Physics I   (syllabus)
  • PHYS 5B Introduction to Physics II  (syllabus)
  • PHYS 5C Introduction to Physics III (syllabus)
Completed with Any Grade
  • Single-variable Calculus (MATH 19A/B or 20A/B)
  • Multivariable Calculus (MATH 23)
  • Introductory Physics (PHYS 5A/B/C with labs)
Optional
  • PHYS 5D

 

Equivalent Courses and Transferring Credits

It is vital to check whether your institution's courses are eligible for transferring credits to the UCSC Physics program. The process of transferring credits to the department is reffered to as "credit articulation". There are a few ways to check eligbility.

Transferring From a California Community College (CCC)

 There is a database of transferrable courses available to you thorugh assist.org. There you can enter in the instiutiton which are transferring to and from. For help navigating the website please reach out to the physics advisor.

Transferring From a UC

 The best way to recieve help with transferring from a UC is to meet with the physics advisor at your home institution. They are best fit to help walk you through the transfer process. You may ask that they contact our physics advisor to help ensure a stable line of communication.

Transferring From a Private College

 The best way to recieve help with transferring from a private college is to meet with the physics advisor at your home institution. They are best fit to help walk you through the transfer process. You may ask that they contact our physics advisor to help ensure a stable line of communication.

Common Reasons for Ineligibility

PHYS 5 Series

Physics courses which are not calculus based are ineligble for transferring credits
e.g. General Physics Algebra Based

MATH 19 Series Calculus courses made for other fields are often ineligible for transfering credits
e.g. Calculus for Psychology
MATH 23 Calculus courses made for other fields are often ineligible for transfering credits
e.g. Calculus for Psychology

 

Sample Course Plans

  • PHYS 5D: Introduction to Physics IV or, if this has been completed, PHYS 102: Modern Physics
  • MATH 23B: Multivariable Calculus (if transfer credit for this course was not obtained)
  • PHYS 116A: Mathematical Methods in Physics