Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Major in Physics

Minimum required: 120 semester credit hours

General Requirements

  1. The general education core curriculum courses are listed in the degree plan below along with the statewide component code number. See the General Education Core Curriculum section of this catalog for the Texas State requirements and options in the core curriculum, including Honors courses.
  2. In addition to the general education core curriculum requirements, the Bachelor of Arts degree (B.A.) requires three additional hours of English literature, three hours of math/science/logic/computer science courses, a minor and six hours of 2000-level modern language courses. Most students will have to complete 1410 and 1420 as prerequisites before attempting 2310.
  3. Nine hours of writing intensive (WI) courses are required for graduation.
  4. Majors must select a minor from the approved list of Undergraduate Minors. Students should consult the department advisor or the College of Science and Engineering Advising Center before choosing a minor.
  5. Majors must complete a minimum of 36 advanced hours (3000 or 4000 level courses).
  6. The minimum number of hours required for this degree program is 120. The number of free elective hours a student will complete depends on the number of hours a student may need to achieve the required 120 total or 36 advanced hours. Students should consult the department advisor or the College of Science and Engineering Advising Center before choosing the electives.
  7. If two years of the same modern language are taken in high school, then no additional language hours will be required for the degree. In the absence of such high school language, two semesters of the same modern language must be taken at the college level.

Course Requirements 

First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
MATH 2471 (Mathematics Component Code 020)4PHYS 14304
US 11001MATH 24724
ENG 1310 (Communication Component Code 010)3ENG 1320 (Communication Component Code 010)3
POSI 2310 (Government/Political Science Component Code 070)3HIST 1310 (American History Component Code 060)3
COMM 1310 (Component Area Option Code 090/091)3 
 14 14
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
PHYS 24254PHYS 24354
CHEM 114111CHEM 114211
CHEM 1341 (Life & Physical Sciences Component Code 030)13CHEM 1342 (Life & Physical Sciences Component Code 030)13
Modern Language 14104Modern Language 14204
Social & Behavioral Sciences Component Code 0803PHIL 1305 or 1320 (Language, Philosophy & Culture Component Code 040)3
 15 15
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
PHYS 33123PHYS 33203
MATH 33733PHYS 34114
Modern Language 23103MATH 33233
HIST 1320 (Amereican History Component code 060)3Modern Language 23203
ENG Literature (Component Area Option Code 090/094)3POSI 2320 (Government/Political Science Component Code 070)3
 15 16
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
PHYS Electives3-4PHYS Electives10-12
ART 2313, DAN 2313, MU 2313, or TH 2313 (Creative Arts Component Code 050)3 
BA ENG Literature3 
 15 16
Total Hours: 120

BIO 1330/BIO 1130 and BIO 1331/BIO 1131 may be taken instead of CHEM 1141, CHEM 1341 and CHEM 1142, CHEM 1342 listed below. 

PHYS Electives

PHYS 3210Physics Cognition and Pedagogy2
PHYS 3311Mechanics I3
PHYS 3315Thermodynamics3
PHYS 3416Applied Electronics4
PHYS 3417Optics4
PHYS 4305Statistical Physics3
PHYS 4310Electromagnetic Field Theory I3
PHYS 4311Condensed Matter Physics3
PHYS 4312Quantum Mechanics I3
PHYS 4313Quantum Mechanics II3
PHYS 4314Mechanics II3
PHYS 4315Electromagnetic Field Theory II3
PHYS 4317Computational Physics (fall)3
PHYS 4320Selected Study in Physics3
PHYS 4321Undergraduate Research (see dept.)3
PHYS 4340Materials Physics Laboratory (spring)3
Or courses approved by the department advisor