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Physics (BA)

This program was approved for students entering the university in the Fall 2008 - Summer 2009 catalog year. For more information about catalog year, go to Catalog Year Information.

Bachelor of Arts in Physics (BA)

Major: PHYS

Degree: BA

Unit: College of Arts and Sciences (AS)

The B.A. degree in Physics is designed for substantial pre-professional education for such fields as medicine, patent law, teaching, technical writing, and technical sales. Students preparing for secondary school science teaching may choose electives to fulfill teaching certification requirements and, if desired, to complete a 21-hour teaching minor.

Completion of this degree requires work to be submitted for the department’s Learning Outcomes Measurement. For details, contact the department.

General Education

Type Hours
General Education 34

All degrees require the completion of the University-wide General Education Program; see the General Education requirements and the courses that fulfill them. Some General Education requirements may be met in the requirements for the major or supporting coursework, in which case additional electives may be required to complete the minimum hours for the degree.

Arts & Sciences Programmatic Requirements

Type Semester
Hours
Total
General 101: A&S Orientation 1  
Foreign Language (completion of the intermediate level of a single foreign language) 12  
Electives in Humanities or Social Sciences
(in addition to courses counted toward General Education, 6 hours must be at the 300 level or above)
9  
WR—two approved courses at the 300 level or above
(may be incorporated into other degree requirements)
   
Total   22

Department of Physics

Type Semester
Hours
Total
Physics 2951, 296, 301 3  
Physics 2981, 299, 300 11  
Physics 460, 530, 541 9  
Physics electives at the 300 level or above 9  
Total   32

Supporting Courses

Type Semester
Hours
Total
Mathematics 2051, 206, 301 12  
Chemistry 201, 202, 207, 208, 209             9  
Biology 240 and 244 5  
Geosciences 301 3  
Total   29

Electives & Total Hours

Type Hours
Minimum Electives 3
Minimum Total 121

Only 40 hours in the major department may be applied toward the Bachelor of Arts Degree.

At least 50 of the total minimum hours required must be at the 300 level or above.

1 Fulfills General Education requirement.

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