School of Natural Sciences

Physics (Bachelor of Arts)

The physics department at IUS has a vibrant atmosphere despite its small size. Small class sizes and a small student to teacher ratio are conducive to effective learning, manifested in the fact that the gain scores in national standardized assessment tests in the introductory physics courses are considerably higher than the national average. All full-time physics faculty members at IUS hold a Ph. D. degree. The faculty members engage in research and scholarship and publish regularly in internationally recognized peer-reviewed journals. Plenty of opportunities exists for undergraduate students to gain professional experience by working closely with faculty and getting involved in their research projects.



General Education Component

All students pursuing the Bachelor of Arts in Physics must complete the campus General Education Core Requirements.  See General Education Component for all IU Southeast Baccalaureate Degrees for a complete listing of requirements.

Students must also complete the campus BA Distribution requirements as stated in Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements. Courses marked with an asterisk (*) below will satisfy a General Education or BA Distribution Requirement.


Mathematics Requirements
  • MATH-M 215* Analytic Geometry and Calculus I
  • MATH-M 216 Analytic Geometry and Calculus II
  • MATH-M 311 Calculus III
  • MATH-M 313 Differential Equations

Chemistry Requirements

  • CHEM-C 105* General Chemistry I
  • CHEM-C 125* Experimental Chemistry I
  • CHEM-C 106 General Chemistry II
  • CHEM-C 126 Experimental Chemistry II

Computer Science Requirements

  • CSCI-C 201 Computer Programming II
  • CSCI-C 202 Introduction to Software Systems

Physics Requirements

  • PHYS-P 221* Physics I
  • PHYS-P 222 Physics II
  • PHYS-P 301 Physics III
  • PHYS-P 309 Intermediate Physics Lab
  • PHYS-P 331 Theory of Electricity and Magnetism I
  • PHYS-P 340 Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics
  • PHYS-P 441 Analytical Mechanics
  • PHYS-P 453 Intro. to Quantum Mechanics
  • PHYS-S 406 Physics Research/Capstone

General & Upper-Level Electives

Students must complete a minimum of 120 credit hours and 30 credit hours at the 300-level or above.  Elective courses may be necessary to complete the minimum credit hour requirements.

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