Department of Physics

B.A. Physics Major

Purpose and Goals

The B.A. Physics Major requires a minimum of 120 hours to graduate. The B.A. Physics Major is suitable for a student seeking a background in physics with less specialization and mathematical rigor than in the B.S. degree in physics. It is especially appropriate for students with interdisciplinary interests who intend to pursue a career in, for example, computer science, medicine, earth/environmental science, business, or law. It requires fewer courses in physics and mathematics than the B.S. major programs and provides an opportunity to take courses in other science areas of interest.

Outline of Program

Required Physics:                     18 hours
PHYSICS 1100 First-Year Projects in Physics - 1
PHYSICS 1701 Physics I for Science and Engineering -  4
PHYSICS 1702 Physics II for Science and Engineering - 4
PHYSICS 2300 Physics III: Theory and Simulation - 3
PHYSICS 4100/5100 Modern Physics - 4
PHYSICS 4110/5110 Modern Physics Laboratory - 2

Required Mathematics:               8 hours
MATH 1420 Calculus I - 4
MATH 1421 Calculus II - 4

Physics Electives:                      7 hours
3000-level and above (no more than 2 hours of PHYSICS 3000)

Science Electives:                      9 hours
Courses from the departments of Biology (BIOL), Chemistry and Biochemistry (CHEM), Computer
Science (CS), Earth Science and Environmental Sciences (EARTHSCI, ENV SCI), Mathematics,
(MATH, STAT, ACT SCI), Physics (PHYSICS), or Technology (TECH)

Elective courses must count toward a major in the department that offers the course.
Mathematics courses must be higher level than MATH 1421 (800:061).

Total Hours                              42 hours