Physics - Bachelor of Arts

The curriculum for the Bachelor of Arts degree is designed for students who would like to have a firm foundation in physics combined with study in another area and greater flexibility in choosing elective courses. The program requires a minor in a second field of study chosen by the student in consultation with an advisor.

Nondepartmental Requirements 1
MATH 191GCalculus and Analytic Geometry I4
MATH 192GCalculus and Analytic Geometry II4
MATH 291GCalculus and Analytic Geometry III3
MATH 392Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations3
Select 18 credits from a Minor in a second field from another department18
Department Requirements 1
PHYS 150Elementary Computational Physics3
PHYS 213Mechanics3
PHYS 213 LExperimental Mechanics1
PHYS 214Electricity and Magnetism3
PHYS 214 LElectricity and Magnetism Laboratory1
PHYS 217Heat, Light, and Sound3
PHYS 217 LExperimental Heat, Light and Sound1
PHYS 315Modern Physics3
PHYS 315 LExperimental Modern Physics3
PHYS 395Intermediate Mathematical Methods of Physics3
PHYS 451Intermediate Mechanics I3
PHYS 454Intermediate Modern Physics I3
PHYS 455Intermediate Modern Physics II3
PHYS 461Intermediate Electricity and Magnetism I3
PHYS 462Intermediate Electricity and Magnetism II3
PHYS 480Thermodynamics3
Select sufficient electives to bring total number of credits to 128, including 48 upper-division.54
Total Credits128

May not be taken S/U and must earn a grade of C- or better.

Suggested Minors for the Bachelor of Arts Physics Major

Basic Science Minor— A minor in a related scientific field broadens the overall knowledge of the student majoring in physics. Some departments which offer such minors are astronomy, chemistry, computer science, geology and mathematics.

Prehealth Minor— Students wishing to attend a medical or dental post-graduate school are strongly encouraged to obtain a minor in a life science field such as biochemistry, biology, human biology or microbiology.

Prelaw Minor— Students wishing to attend a post-graduate law school should obtain a minor in a law-related field, such as government, accounting, finance, international business or a Supplementary Major in Law and Society (24 credits).