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Bachelor of Arts in Physics

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Requirements for the B.A. Major in Physics

Foundational Physics and Mathematics 18.5 hours

CHEM 184 is recommended. Some courses require MATH 223 and MATH 290 and MATH 220 or MATH 320 as prerequisites. Other requirements follow the general education requirements for B.A. degrees in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Advanced Physics Courses 20 hours
  • PHSX 313 General Physics III (3) and
    PHSX 316 Intermediate Physics Laboratory I (1)
  • PHSX 511 Introductory Quantum Mechanics (3)
  • PHSX 521 Mechanics I (3)
  • PHSX 531 Electricity and Magnetism (3)
  • PHSX 536 Electronic Circuit Measurement and Design (4)
  • Advanced physics elective (any lecture or laboratory course numbered 500 or higher) (3)

Concentration in Computational Physics

Requirements include 31.5 hours in physics:

Also required are 8 hours of computer science (EECS 168, EECS 268), MATH 290 and either MATH 220 or MATH 320, CHEM 184 (5 hours), PHIL 310 (3 hours), ECON 142 or ECON 144 (3 hours), and BIOL 100 (3 hours). CHEM 184, PHIL 310, ECON 142 or ECON 144, and BIOL 100 should be taken to fulfill B.A. general education requirements.

Graduation Plan

With careful planning and commitment to a full-time course load, you can graduate in 4 years. Download a sample 4-year plan for physics.

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