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Curriculum for the B.A. in Physics

Students pursuing a B.A. in Physics must complete:

  • 15 Basic Physics Sequence credits:
  • 17 Advanced Physics Elective credits
  • 24 Math and Computer Science credits
  • 10 Chemistry credits
  • 13 Bayer School Core credits
  • 28 University Core credits
  • 13 Free Elective credits

To graduate, a student:

  • needs a minimum of 120 credit hours
  • must have a grade of C or better in all physics courses

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Basic Physics Sequence - 15 credits

Course # Course Name Credits
PHYS 211 General Analytical Physics I 3
PHYS 211L General Analytical Physics I Lab 1
PHYS 212 General Analytical Physics II 3
PHYS 212L General Analytical Physics II Lab 1
PHYS 302 Optics 3
PHYS 312 Optics Lab 1
PHYS 374 Modern Physics 3

Advanced Physics Electives - 17 credits

Course # Course Name Credits
PHYS 332 Electronics 3
PHYS 350 Math Methods in Science 3
PHYS 364 Modern Physics Lab 1
PHYS 401 Thermal Physics 3
PHYS 404 Solid State Physics 3
PHYS 405 Gravitational Astrophysics 3
PHYS 461 Mechanics 3
PHYS 470 Electricity and Magnetism 3
PHYS 473 Electrodynamics 3
PHYS 474 Quantum Mechanics 3
PHYS 475 Advanced Quantum Mechanics 3
PHYS 482W Particle Physics 3
PHYS 485 Relativity 3
PHYS 491 Introductory Materials Science I 3
Any advanced physics elective in PCHE with departmental approval

Math and Computer Science - 24 credits

Course # Course Name Credits
MATH 115 Calculus I 4
MATH 116 Calculus II 4
MATH 215 Calculus III 4
MATH 210 Matrix Algebra or MATH 310 Linear Algebra 3
MATH 314 Differential Equations 3
Elective math: numerical analysis or statistics 3
Programming: C++ or Java 3

Chemistry – 10 credits

Course # Course Name Credits
CHEM 121 General Chemistry I (or honors) 4
CHEM 121L General Chemistry I Lab (or honors) 1
CHEM 122 General Chemistry II (or honors) 4
CHEM 122L General Chemistry II Lab (or honors) 1

Bayer School Core – 13 credits

Course # Course Name Credits
ENLG 302W Science Writing 3
HIST 309/307 or PHIL 259 Science & Society requirement 3
SPRG 105 Career Development Seminar 1
Free Electives 6

University Core - 28 credits

Course # Course Name Credits
UCOR 101 Thinking and Writing 3
UCOR 100 Research and Info Skills 1
UCOR 102 Imaginative Literature and Critical Writing 3
UCOR 132 Basic Philosophical Questions 3
UCOR Ethics requirement 3
UCOR Theology requirement 3
UCOR Faith and Reason requirement 3
UCOR Global Diversity requirement 3
UCOR Creative Arts requirement 3
UCOR Social Justice requirement 3

Free Electives - 13 credits

Course # Course Name Credits
Free Electives 13

Requirements for the Minor

A student may choose to minor in physics by completing 211, 211L, 212, 212L, and 12 additional credits in physics courses numbered 300 or above, all with a grade of C or better. Individual course prerequisites must be satisfied.