Physics (BA)

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This program was approved for students entering the university in the Summer 2018–Spring 2019 catalog year. For more information about catalog year, go to Catalog Year Information.

Bachelor of Arts in Physics (PHYSBA)
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences (AS)
Department: Physics and Astronomy

Program Information

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) 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 help fulfill teaching certification requirements.

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

Degree Summary

General Education Requirements 131
College/School Requirements22
Program/Major Requirements 168
Minimum Total Hours121

Specific coursework information can be found on the Degree Requirements tab.

Departmental Admission Requirements

There are no specific admission requirements for this degree plan.

The Application for Major form can be found on the Arts & Sciences Advising Center website: louisville.edu/artsandsciences/advising/apply.

General Education Requirements

General Education Requirements 131
The following courses are required by the program and can be taken to fulfill the respective General Education Requirement:
General Chemistry I - S
Unity of Life - S
Calculus I - QR
Introductory Mechanics, Heat and Sound - S
Introductory Laboratories I - SL
Minimum Total Hours31

All degrees require the completion of the University-wide General Education Program (link provided above).  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.

College/School Requirements

Arts & Sciences Requirements
GEN 100Student Success Center Orientation1
or GEN 101 Arts and Sciences Orientation
Foreign Language 212
Electives in Humanities or Social Sciences 39
WR—two approved courses at the 300 level or above 4
Minimum Total Hours22

Program/Major Requirements

Department of Physics
PHYS 295Introductory Laboratories I - SL1
PHYS 296Introductory Laboratories II - SL1
PHYS 301Introductory Modern Physics Laboratory1
PHYS 298Introductory Mechanics, Heat and Sound - S4
PHYS 299Introductory Electricity, Magnetism and Light4
PHYS 300Introductory Modern Physics3
PHYS 350Differential Equations for the Physical Sciences4
PHYS 460Mechanics3
PHYS 530Thermal Physics3
Select one of the following: 3
Practicum in Physics Education
Senior Seminar in Physics
Senior Thesis in Physics
Cooperative Internship in Physics
PHYS electives at the 300 level or above6
Supporting Courses
MATH 205Calculus I - QR4
MATH 206Calculus II4
MATH 301Calculus III4
CHEM 201General Chemistry I - S3
CHEM 202General Chemistry II - S3
CHEM 207Introduction to Chemical Analysis I - SL1
CHEM 208Introduction to Chemical Analysis II - SL1
CHEM 209Introduction to Chemical Analysis III1
BIOL 240
BIOL 244
Unity of Life - S
Principles of Biology Laboratory - SL
5
GEOS 301Geology for Scientists and Engineers3
Minimum Electives 16
Minimum Total Hours68
Minimum Hours Required for Degree121

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. 

Culminating Undergraduate Experience (Graduation requirement)
Requirement fulfilled by completing one of the following:
Practicum in Physics Education
Senior Seminar in Physics
Senior Thesis in Physics
Cooperative Internship in Physics

Flight Plan

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FallHours
GEN 100
Student Success Center Orientation
or Arts and Sciences Orientation
1
ENGL 101 Introduction to College Writing - WC 3
MATH 205 Calculus I - QR 4
PHYS 298 Introductory Mechanics, Heat and Sound - S 4
PHYS 295 Introductory Laboratories I - SL 1
General Education: Cardinal Core Oral Communication - OC 3
 Hours16
Spring
MATH 206 Calculus II 4
PHYS 299 Introductory Electricity, Magnetism and Light 4
PHYS 296 Introductory Laboratories II - SL 1
CHEM 201 General Chemistry I - S 3
CHEM 207 Introduction to Chemical Analysis I - SL 1
CHEM 208 Introduction to Chemical Analysis II - SL 1
ENGL 102 Intermediate College Writing - WC 3
 Hours17
Year 2
Fall
MATH 301 Calculus III 4
PHYS 300 Introductory Modern Physics 3
PHYS 301 Introductory Modern Physics Laboratory 1
CHEM 202 General Chemistry II - S 3
CHEM 209 Introduction to Chemical Analysis III 1
Foreign Language 1 4
 Hours16
Spring
BIOL 240 Unity of Life - S 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Social & Behavioral Sciences US Diversity - SBD1 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Arts & Humanities - AH 3
General Elective (300 level or above) 3
Foreign Language 2 4
 Hours16
Year 3
Fall
PHYS 350 Differential Equations for the Physical Sciences 4
Physics Elective (300 level or above) 3
Foreign Language 3 4
General Education: Cardinal Core Social & Behavioral Sciences Historical Perspective - SBH 3
Humanities or Social Science Elective (300 level or above) 3
BIOL 244 Principles of Biology Laboratory - SL 2
 Hours19
Spring
GEOS 301 Geology for Scientists and Engineers 3
PHYS 460 Mechanics 3
Foreign Language 4 (if needed) or General Elective 3
Physics Elective (300 level or above) 3
Humanities or Social Science WR elective (300 level or above) 3
 Hours15
Year 4
Fall
PHYS 541 Electromagnetic Fields 3
Select one of the following: 3
Practicum in Physics Education  
Senior Seminar in Physics  
Senior Thesis in Physics  
Cooperative Internship in Physics  
Humanities or Social Science WR Elective (300 level or above) 3
General Elective (300 level or above) 3
 Hours12
Spring
General Education: Cardinal Core Arts & Humanities Global Diversity - AHD2 3
General Elective 3
General Elective (300 level or above) 2
General Elective (300 level or above) 3
PHYS 530 Thermal Physics 3
 Hours14
 Minimum Total Hours125

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