UCSD students hoping to take physics at another UC should contact PHYSICS through VAC for equivalency information (we do not use petitions for this).
In order to receive physics course equivalency credit for courses taken outside of UCSD, students must send their official transcripts from other schools to the UCSD Office of Admissions. After transcripts are received it takes approximately 8 weeks for the courses to be added to the student's UCSD record. Courses taken at community colleges in the state of California may have formal articulation as a UCSD Physics course. Check Assist.org for details. Any course (or set of courses) that does not have an official articulation with UCSD, as listed on Assist.org, must be formally reviewed by the UCSD Physics Department for potential equivalency credit.
|UCSD||Good Grades College|
|PHYS 2A||Physics - Mechanics||(4)||PHYS 105||Mechanics||(5)|
|PHYS 2B||Physics - Electricity & Magnetism||(4)||PHYS 106||Electricity & Magnetism||(5)|
|PHYS 2BL||Physics Lab - Mechanics & Electrostatics||(2)||PHYS 105||Mechanics||(5)|
|PHYS 2C||Physics - Fluids, Waves, Thermodynamics, and Optics||(4)||PHYS 105 &
PHYS 106 &
Electricity & Magnetism
Waves, Optics, Modern Physics
In the articulation above we see the following:
- PHYS 105, alone, must be completed to earn UCSD PHYS 2A course equivalency. Since PHYS 105 is also listed as the equivalent of UCSDs PHYS 2BL a student who completes PHYS 105 will also earn UCSD PHYS 2BL course equivalency.
- PHYS 106, alone, must be completed to earn UCSD PHYS 2B course equivalency.
- PHYS 105, 106, and 107 must all be completed at Good Grades College to earn UCSD PHYS 2C course equivalency. Note:
- UCSDs PHYS 2A (Mechanics) does not include any PHYS 2C material, and so a student could not combine UCSDs PHYS 2A with Good Grades College's PHYS 106 and PHYS 107 to receive a PHYS 2C equivalency.
- UCSDs PHYS 2B (Electricity and Magnetism) does not include any PHYS 2C material, and so a student could not combine UCSDs PHYS 2B with Good Grades College's PHYS 106 and PHYS 107 to receive a PHYS 2C equivalency.
- A student who takes PHYS 105, 106, and 107 at Good Grades College earns the PHYS 2C equivalency as well as the PHYS 2A, 2B, and 2BL course equivalency.
Notice that course equivalency is awarded despite the differing unit values between the schools.
FAQs regarding Missing Physics Course Equivalency Credit
- I sent my transcript from another school to UCSD over 8 weeks ago but my transfer work does not appear on my UCSD academic history at all. How should I proceed?
- Check Tritonlink to ensure your transcript was received by UCSD. If so, contact the UCSD Office of Admissions and ask about the status of your transcript review. If not, contact the school where you took the course to ensure they sent the transcript to the UCSD Office of Admissions.
- I sent my transcript from another school to UCSD, my physics transfer work does appear on my UCSD academic history, but the UCSD physics course equivalency does not appear on my record. How should I proceed?
- Determine which category on the chart below that you fit into and follow instructions for that category:
Contact the Staff Undergraduate Advisor through the Virtual Advising Center (VAC) and indicate the following:
||You will need to submit a formal petition to have your course(s) reviewed for UCSD Physics course equivalency. Refer to the Petitions in Physics page for details.|