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Major in Physics—B.A.

The B.A. in Physics curriculum introduces students to the study of matter and energy, including their nature and properties. Students learn theoretical and experimental approaches including Newtonian mechanics, oscillations, and waves, bulk properties of matter and thermodynamics. Upper-level courses focus modern, environmental and theoretical physics, materials science, electricity and magnetism, thermodynamics and statistical mechanics, radiation science, analog and digital electronics. At all levels, physics courses combine lectures and labs, and majors gain hands-on experience using advanced instruments and computing systems, gaining the skills necessary for successful research and industry careers.


To complete the concentration requirements, students must complete the following:

  1. At least 30 credit hours in physics (graded C– or higher) and a minimum GPA in the major of 2.000. These credit hours must include P201-P202 or P221-P222, and P301.
  2. Mathematics M211 (or S211 or M215), M212 (or S212 or M216), and M343.

Students must also complete the general requirements for the B.A. degree in the College of Arts and Sciences.


Physics P309, P331, P340, P441, and P332 or P460 are recommended.