Physics - BA

The Bachelor of Arts curriculum provides the student with a firm foundation in physics and with the flexibility to choose from a large number of elective courses, thus permitting the student to explore other interests. Except for those students pursuing teacher certification, some of these elective courses are chosen to satisfy the requirements of a minor field of study. The student can, therefore, customize his or her program of study in preparation for a career in any science-related or science-required field, from intellectual property law and science reporting to physics teaching. Although not required for the BA program, students have the opportunity to become directly involved in any of the active research programs in the Department of Physics and Astronomy.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
CHEM 107
CHEM 117
General Chemistry for Engineering Students
and General Chemistry for Engineering Students Laboratory 2
4
ENGL 104 Composition and Rhetoric 3
MATH 171 Analytic Geometry and Calculus 2 4
PHYS 101 Freshman Physics Orientation 2 1
American history elective 1 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
MATH 172 Calculus 2 4
PHYS 102 Freshman Physics Orientation II 2 1
PHYS 218 Mechanics 2 4
American history elective 1 3
Language, philosophy and culture elective 1 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Second Year
Fall
MATH 221 Several Variable Calculus 2 4
MATH 308 Differential Equations 2 3
PHYS 208 Electricity and Optics 2 4
PHYS 221 Optics and Thermal Physics 2 3
 Semester Credit Hours14
Spring
PHYS 225 Electronic Circuits and Applications 4
PHYS 309 Modern Physics 2 3
PHYS 331 Theoretical Methods for Physicists I 2 3
Elective 3 6
 Semester Credit Hours16
Third Year
Fall
PHYS 302 Advanced Mechanics I 3
PHYS 304 Advanced Electricity and Magnetism I 3
PHYS 332 Theoretical Methods for Physicists II 3
POLS 206 American National Government 3
Social and behavioral science elective 1 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
PHYS 327 Experimental Physics I 2
PHYS 328 Experimental Physics II 1
PHYS 412 Quantum Mechanics I 3
POLS 207 State and Local Government 3
Communication elective 4 3
Electives 3 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Fourth Year
Fall
Science or technical elective 7 3
Electives 3 12
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
PHYS 401 Computational Physics 6 3
Creative arts elective 1 3
Electives 3 9
 Semester Credit Hours15
 Total Semester Credit Hours120