The departmental requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in Physics consists of the Core Courses plus the courses from the Standard Track listed below. The following chart summarizes the credit hour requirements.

Core Courses for the BA Degree (37 credits)


The following required courses are listed in the recommended sequence.

PHYS 201H Modern Topics in Physics & Astronomy
MATH 106 Analytic Geometry and Calculus 5
MATH 107 Analytic Geometry & Calculus II 5

PHYS 211

PHYS 221

General Physics I (preferred)

General Physics Laboratory I

4

1

OR
PHYS 141 Elementary General Physics I 5
CHEM 113 Fundamental Chemistry I (preferred) 4
OR    
CHEM 111 Chemistry for Engineering & Technology 4
OR    
CHEM 109 General Chemistry I 4

PHYS 212

PHYS 222

General Physics II (preferred)

General Physics Laboratory II 

4

1

OR    
PHYS 142 Elementary General Physics II 5
MATH 208 Analytic Geometry & Calculus III 4
PHYS 213 General Physics III 4
PHYS 223 General Physics Laboratory III 1
MATH 221 Differential Equations 3

Standard Track (24 credits)

The Standard Track is designed for students pursuing careers for which the knowledge and methodology of physics are essential. The following required courses are listed in the recommended sequence.

PHYS 231 Electrical & Electronic Circuits 3
PHYS 311 Mechanics 3
PHYS 361 Concepts of Modern Physics 3
PHYS 441 Experimental Physics I 3

At least six hours must be taken from the following courses:

PHYS 343 Physics of Lasers & Modern Optics 3
PHYS 391 Undergraduate Research 3
PHYS 451 Electromagnetic Theory 3
PHYS 461 Quantum Mechanics 3
PHYS 431 Thermal Physics 3
PHYS 480 Intro. Lasers & Laser Applications 3

In addition, at least six hours must be taken at the 300- or 400- level in mathematics, engineering, or science (including Physics).