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.

Four Year Worksheet: Bachelor of Arts in Physics

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:

  • MTH 161, 162, 164, and 165
  • MTH 171, 172, 173, and 174

Three introductory physics courses*:

  • PHY 121: Mechanics or PHY 141: Mechanics (Honors)
  • PHY 122: Electricity and Magnetism or PHY 142: Electricity and Magetism (Honors)
  • PHY 123: Waves and Modern Physics or PHY 143: Waved and Modern Physics (Honors)

*PHY 141, 142, and 143 are encouraged for Physics majors

Concentration Requirements

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

One of the following:

  • PHY 218: Electricity and Magnetism II
  • PHY 227: Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics
  • PHY 243W: Advanced Experimental Techniques I
  • PHY 245W: The Advanced Nuclear Science Education Laboratory
  • PHY 246: Quantum Theory

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:

  • Physics
  • Astronomy
  • Mathematics
  • Another science or engineering

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: As a general rule, graduate-level courses cannot be substituted for undergraduate core requirements. Well-prepared students can however consider taking graduate courses for which they are well prepared, as electives. Specific questions can be addressed to the Physics, or Physics and Astronomy major advisor.