Department of Physics & Astronomy

Bachelor of Arts

The Bachelor of Arts in Physics program is ideal for students interested in acquiring a broad-based liberal arts education that includes a strong and solid understanding of either science or a broad exposure to engineering with a strong physics foundation.

Please refer to the current Undergraduate Catalog for the most up-to-date information.

Current Freshmen and Sophomores

Current Juniors and Seniors
Freshman Year

First Semester
3 - ASTR 105 Physics of the Universe
4 - CH 101 General Chemistry
3 - ENGL 103 Accelerated Composition
4 - MTHSC 106 Calculus of One Variable I
1 - PHYS 101 Current Topics in Modern Physics
15

Second Semester
4 - CH 102 General Chemistry
4 - MTHSC 108 Calculus of One Variable II
3 - PHYS 122 Physics with Calculus I
1 - PHYS 124 Physics Lab. I
3 - Arts and Humanities (Non-Lit.) Requirement1
15

Sophomore Year

First Semester
4 - MTHSC 206 Calculus of Several Variables
3 - PHYS 221 Physics with Calculus II
1 - PHYS 223 Physics Lab. II
4 - Foreign Language Requirement2
3 - Oral Communication Requirement1
15

Second Semester
4 - MTHSC 208 Intro. to Ordinary Diff. Equations
3 - PHYS 222 Physics with Calculus III
1 - PHYS 224 Physics Lab. III
4 - Foreign Language Requirement2
3 - Social Science Requirement1
15

Junior Year

First Semester
3 - PHYS 311 Intro. to Meth. of Theoretical Phys.
3 - PHYS 321 Mechanics I
3 - PHYS 325 Experimental Physics I
3 - Foreign Language Requirement2
3 - Minor Requirement3
15

Second Semester
1 - PHYS 300 Introduction to Research
3 - PHYS 312 Methods of Theoretical Physics II
3 - PHYS 322 Mechanics II
1 - PHYS 356 Modern Physics Overview
3 - PHYS 441 Electromagnetics I
3 - Foreign Language Requirement2
3 - Minor Requirement3
17

Senior Year

First Semester
3 - PHYS 455 Quantum Physics I
6 - Minor Requirement3
3 - Physics Writing Requirement4
3 - Physics Requirement5
15

Second Semester
3 - HIST 172 The West and the World I or
3 - HIST 173 The West and the World II
3 - Arts and Humanities (Literature) Requirement6
3 - Minor Requirement3
3 - Physics Requirement5
3 - Elective
15

122 Total Semester Hours


1See General Education Requirements. Three of these credit hours must also satisfy the Science and Technology in Society Requirement.
2Four semesters (through 202) in the same modern foreign language are required.
3See advisor.
4ENGL 304, 312, 314, 315, 316, 345, 346, 348, M L 402, or THEA (ENGL) 347.
5Any 300- or 400-level physics course.
6Select any ENGL course from General Education Arts and Humanities (Literature) Requirement.