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. 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
PHYS 101 Freshman Physics Orientation 1 1
MATH 171 Calculus I 1 4
CHEM 107
CHEM 117
General Chemistry for Engineering Students
and General Chemistry for Engineering Students Laboratory 1
4
ENGL 104
Composition and Rhetoric
or Introduction to Rhetoric and Composition
3
American history 2 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
PHYS 206
PHYS 226
Newtonian Mechanics for Engineering and Science
and Physics of Motion Laboratory for the Sciences 1
4
MATH 172 Calculus II 1 4
American history 2 3
Language, philosophy and culture 2 3
 Semester Credit Hours14
Second Year
Fall
PHYS 207
PHYS 227
Electricity and Magnetism for Engineering and Science
and Electricity and Magnetism Laboratory for the Sciences 1
4
PHYS 221 Optics and Thermal Physics 1 3
MATH 221 Several Variable Calculus 1 4
MATH 308 Differential Equations 1 3
 Semester Credit Hours14
Spring
PHYS 225 Electronic Circuits and Applications 3
PHYS 309 Modern Physics 1 3
PHYS 331 Theoretical Methods for Physicists I 1 3
General elective 3 7
 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 2 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
PHYS 327 Experimental Physics I 5 2
PHYS 328 Experimental Physics II 5 1
PHYS 412 Quantum Mechanics I 3
POLS 207 State and Local Government 3
Communication 4 3
General elective 3 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Fourth Year
Fall
Science or technical elective 7 3
General electives 3 13
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring
PHYS 401 Computational Physics 6 3
Creative arts 2 3
General electives 3 9
 Semester Credit Hours15
 Total Semester Credit Hours120