Undergraduate Program

BA in Physics

The BA program is perfect for students looking for a broad overview and the flexibility to double major. Students preparing for graduate school in physics or a related field should consider the more intensive BS program.

Pre-Concentration Requirements

Before starting with the requirements for the BA degree, each student must complete the following pre-concentration requirements:

One of the following calculus sequences:

Three introductory physics courses*:

*PHY 141, 142, and 143 are also acceptable.

Concentration Requirements

PHY 217: Electricity and Magnetism I
PHY 235W: Classical Mechanics
PHY 237: Quantum Mechanics of Physical Systems

One of the following:

One four-credit 200-300 level physics and/or astronomy course.

Eight additional credit hours, which can be 200- or 300-level technical courses in:

*Some engineering courses at the 100 level may also be acceptable, with prior approval from the undergraduate physics advisor.

At least a 2.0 (C) average in astronomy, physics and mathematics courses must be maintained. All course choices must be approved by the undergraduate physics advisor.

Note: Equivalent graduate-level courses may be substituted when appropriate.