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

Minimum required: 120 semester hours

General Requirement

  1. The major requires 35 hours.

Course Requirements 

First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
MATH 24714PHYS 14304
US 11001MATH 24724
ENG 13103ENG 13203
POSI 23103HIST 13103
COMM 13103 
 14 14
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
PHYS 24254PHYS 24354
CHEM 114111CHEM 114211
CHEM 134113CHEM 134213
Modern Language 14104Modern Language 14204
Social and Behavioral Sciences Component23PHIL 1305 or 13203
 15 15
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
PHYS 33123PHYS 33203
MATH 33733PHYS 34114
Modern Language 23103MATH 33233
HIST 13203Modern Language 23203
English Literature23POSI 23203
 15 16
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
PHYS Electives3-4PHYS Electives10-12
Select one of the following:3 
Second English Literature2,53 
 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. 


See the Academic Services section of this catalog for general education core curriculum requirements.


A minimum of 9 writing intensive hours and a total of 36 advanced hours are required to graduate. An advanced course is one that is numbered above 3000 and below 5000.


Majors should consult the department advisor or the College of Science and Engineering Advising Center before choosing a minor and the electives.


ENG 3303 Technical Writing course can be substituted for the second English literature course from the general education core curriculum. 

PHYS Electives

At least 13-16 advanced PHYS chosen from:

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