Bachelor of Arts in Physics

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) and Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degrees in physics are offered with three different options for students to follow: Option I is for the student who intends to go on to graduate school in physics; Option II allows for the degree to be enhanced by a second discipline; and finally, a Bachelor of Science in physics with a concentration in education leads to a physics teaching certificate at the secondary-school level. To help the prospective physics majors make optimal decisions, they are encouraged to speak with a departmental adviser as early as possible.

 

Students seeking a B.A. degree must complete foreign language through the intermediate level.

 

Introductory physics and math courses:

PHYS 2110General Physics 1 - Calculus Level

4 credits

PHYS 1154General Physics Laboratory I

1 credit

PHYS 2120General Physics - Calculus Level

4 credits

PHYS 1164General Physics Laboratory II

1 credit

PHYS 3250Mathematical Methods of Physics

3 credits

PHYS 3260Computer Tools for Physicists

2 credits

MATH 1950Calculus I

5 credits

MATH 1960Calculus II

5 credits

MATH 1970Calculus III

4 credits

(Students taking a number of 2000-level mathematics courses may be permitted to waive Physics 3250 or Physics 3260.)

Physics core courses:
PHYS 3450/PHYS 8455Classical Mechanics

3 credits

PHYS 3600/PHYS 8605Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics

3 credits

PHYS 3750/PHYS 8755Electricity and Magnetism I

3 credits

PHYS 3800/PHYS 8805Optics

3 credits

PHYS 4200/PHYS 8206Introduction to Quantum Mechanics

3 credits

Three advanced laboratories (choose three from the following list):

PHYS 3504Experimental Physics I

1 credit

PHYS 3524Experimental Physics II

1 credit

PHYS 3544Experimental Physics III

1 credit

PHYS 3564Experimental Physics IV

1 credit

In addition to the above requirements, a senior project is also required.  Please see more details about the senior project in the “Other Information” portion of the physics section.

For the B.A. degree, foreign language is required through the intermediate level.