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Physics Major, BA

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(NOTE: Students seeking a B.A. degree must complete one year college/university study or two years high school study of a single foreign language.)  

The BA program is for students wanting a broad liberal arts education with an emphasis in physics. It may be a suitable foundation for students who are planning a career not usually regarded as physics, such as business education, law, medicine, writing, environmental concerns, public safety, or computer programming.

Teaching Endorsement Requirements:
This major satisfies the criteria for an endorsement in physics and qualifies students to teach physics at the high school, middle, or junior high levels. Students taking this major for endorsement are required to complete the Professional Education Program requirements offered through the Department of Educational Foundations and Curriculum. Students completing this program are required to demonstrate proficiency of student learning outcomes through a program portfolio prior to student teaching. In addition to the above requirements, students must pass the WEST-E exam for physics to receive a physics endorsement. Students seeking an endorsement in physics must take SCED 324, SCED 325, SCED 401, and SCED 487 to meet Science Teaching Program competencies. Students should seriously consider working toward endorsement in a second area, such as biology, chemistry, Earth science, middle-level science, middle-level mathematics, mathematics or science.


Required Courses

  • MATH 265 - Linear Algebra I - Credits: (4)
  • PHYS 317 - Modern Physics I - Credits: (4)
  • PHYS 318 - Modern Physics II - Credits: (4)
  • PHYS 331 - Laboratory Practices and Techniques - Credits: (3)
  • PHYS 333 - Experimental Physics I - Credits: (3)
  • PHYS 361 - Computational Physics - Credits: (4)
  • PHYS 363 - Optics - Credits: (4)
  • PHYS 489 - Senior Assessment - Credits: (1)
  • PHYS 495 - Undergraduate Research - Credits: (2)

  • General Physics - Credits: 15

  • PHYS 181 - General Physics - Credits: (4)
  • PHYS 181LAB - General Physics Laboratory - Credits: (1)
  • PHYS 182 - General Physics II - Credits: (4)
  • PHYS 182LAB - General Physics Laboratory II - Credits: (1)
  • PHYS 183 - General Physics III - Credits: (4)
  • PHYS 183LAB - General Physics Laboratory III - Credits: (1)

  • General Chemistry - Credits: 10

  • CHEM 181 - General Chemistry I - Credits: (4)
  • CHEM 181LAB - General Chemistry Laboratory I - Credits: (1)
  • CHEM 182 - General Chemistry II - Credits: (4)
  • CHEM 182LAB - General Chemistry Laboratory II - Credits: (1)

  • Calculus - Credits: 20

  • MATH 172 - Calculus I - Credits: (5)
  • MATH 173 - Calculus II - Credits: (5)
  • MATH 272 - Multivariable Calculus I - Credits: (5)
  • MATH 273 - Multivariable Calculus II - Credits: (5)

  • Department-approved electives - Credits: 9

  • Must include a department-approved course sequence (such as PHYS 351/352, PHYS 381/382, PHYS 334/463, PHYS 492/SCED 324/487, PHYS 474/475 - see your Physics major advisor for details.

Core Total Credits: 83



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