Dec 02, 2023  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Physics, B.A.

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Degree and major requirements for the B.A. program in physics.

Degree Requirements

Required Courses

  • General Education  41 Credit Hours 1
  • Foreign Language classes (intermediate level required) 0-14 Credit Hours 2
  • Philosophy course (in addition to General Education  courses) 3 Credit Hours
  • University electives 23-37 Credit Hours
  • Major core requirements 39 Credit Hours 3
  • Major concentration requirements 26-39 Credit Hours 3

Total: 120 Credit Hours


1 The General Education  program contains a set of requirements each student must fulfill. The number of credit hours necessary to fulfill these requirements may vary.

2 The foreign language requirement may be satisfied by successful completion of the second semester of the intermediate level (typically 232) of the student’s chosen language or by placing out of that language through the Department of Foreign Languages, Literatures and Cultures’ placement test.

3 Some of the courses required for the major complete Cluster Three  of General Education . PHIL 101  is part of Cluster Two .

Major Core Requirements

Choose one of the following pairs of introductory courses: 6 Credit Hours

Choose one of the following pairs of lab courses: 2 Credit Hours

Choose one of the following: 4 Credit Hours

Total: 39 Credit Hours

Physics Concentrations, B.A.

Each student, in consultation with his/her faculty adviser, will choose one of the following program concentrations:

  • Individual Option
  • Professional

Physics, Individual Option Concentration, B.A.

The individual option is a course of study chosen specifically to match the interest and career plans of the student. This option will allow custom-designed cross disciplinary majors such as the history of physics and physics and the fine arts.

A student electing the individual option must complete the major core requirements of the B.A. in physics and will select a program consisting of a coherent collection of a minimum of 26 additional credits of physics courses numbered above 270, astronomy courses numbered above 301 and courses in related fields. This individualized program must be selected in consultation with a faculty adviser in the department and must be approved by that adviser, the department head and one other faculty member in the department. The student needs to declare this concentration at least 3 semesters prior to graduation.

The individualized program, as approved by the department and accepted by the student, becomes the major requirements for the student.

Students are expected to review progress toward completion of the selected program of study with their faculty adviser.

Physics, Professional Concentration, Pre-Medical Preparation Track, B.A.

Students in this concentration must complete the following courses in addition to core requirements:

Required Courses: 13 Credit Hours

Additional Information

Students are expected to review progress toward completion of the selected program of study with their faculty adviser.

Pre-Medical Preparation Track

Students pursuing the B.A. in physics and astronomy with a professional concentration may complete a track in pre-medical preparation. In addition to degree and General Education  requirements, students complete the following courses.

Fourth Year Courses

  • Two PHYS electives 265 or higher
  • Credits: 0.00 - 1.00
  • Additional courses suggested by the Pre-professional Health program

Total: 120 Credit Hours

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