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Physics Major, B.A.

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The B.A. 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 law, medicine, writing, environmental concerns, public safety, or computer programming.

This major satisfies the criteria for a teaching endorsement in physics, qualifying students to teach physics at the high school and middle school and junior high level. Students should seek a teaching endorsement in a second area such as biology, chemistry, earth science, broad area science, or mathematics. Students taking this major for teacher certification are required to complete the professional education program requirements offered through the education department.

Course of Study Required Courses


  • 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/ACED 324/487, PHYS 474/475 - see your Physics major advisor for details.
  • 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


General Chemistry - Credits: 10


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

Electromagnetic Theory - Credits: 12


  • PHYS 381 - Electromagnetic Theory I Credits: (4)
  • PHYS 382 - Electromagnetic Theory II Credits: (4)
  • PHYS 383 - Electromagnetic Theory III Credits: (4)

Total Credits: 83


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