Physics (BA)

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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.

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:
Calculus I
Introductory Mechanics, Heat and Sound
Introductory Laboratories I
Any three credit hour Natural Science Gen Ed - S (excluding PHYS 221, PHYS 222, PHYS 223, and PHYS 224) at the 200 level or above
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 First Year Experience1
or GEN 101 Arts & Sciences First Year Experience
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 275Introduction to Scientific Computing and Data Analysis3
PHYS 295Introductory Laboratories I 1
PHYS 296Introductory Laboratories II 1
PHYS 298Introductory Mechanics, Heat and Sound 4
PHYS 299Introductory Electricity, Magnetism and Light4
PHYS 300Introductory Modern Physics3
PHYS 301Introductory Modern Physics Laboratory1
PHYS 350Differential Equations for the Physical Sciences4
Select one of the following courses: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
Select one of the following courses:3
Mechanics
Thermal Physics
Electromagnetic Fields
Minimum Total Hours33
Supporting Courses
MATH 205Calculus I 4
MATH 206Calculus II4
Select one from the following courses:3-4
Calculus III
Statistical Data Analysis
Intermediate Scientific Computing and Data Analysis
STEM Electives (excluding PHYS 221, PHYS 222, PHYS 223, and PHYS 224) at the 200 level or above 512
STEM Electives at the 300 level or above 56
General Electives at the 200 level or above6
Minimum Total Hours35-36
Minimum Hours Required for Degree121-122

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
1

Ten credit hours from the General Education Requirements may be satisfied by courses defined by the program, in which case additional electives will be required to complete the minimum hours for the degree. 

2

Completion of the intermediate level of a single foreign language.

3

In addition to courses counted toward General Education, 6 hours must be at the 300 level or above.

4

May be incorporated into other degree requirements. 

5

STEM electives refer to courses from Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, Engineering & CSE. Classes that meet the 12 hours for STEM electives at the 200+ level: CHEM 201, CHEM 202, CHEM 207, CHEM 208, CHEM 209, BIOL 240, BIOL, 241, BIOL 242, and BIOL 243. Additional classes that meet the 6 hours for STEM electives at the 300+ level: CHEM 341, CHEM 342, CHEM 445, and BIOL 329.

Flight Plan (Pre-Med)

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FallHours
GEN 100
Student Success Center First Year Experience
or Arts & Sciences First Year Experience
1
ENGL 101 Introduction to College Writing 3
MATH 205 Calculus I 4
PHYS 298 Introductory Mechanics, Heat and Sound 4
PHYS 295 Introductory Laboratories I 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 1
CHEM 201 General Chemistry I 3
CHEM 207 Introduction to Chemical Analysis I 1
CHEM 208 Introduction to Chemical Analysis II 1
ENGL 102 Intermediate College Writing 3
 Hours17
Year 2
Fall
PHYS 275 Introduction to Scientific Computing and Data Analysis 3
CHEM 202 General Chemistry II 3
CHEM 209 Introduction to Chemical Analysis III 1
BIOL 240 Unity of Life 3
BIOL 241 Unity of Life Lab 1
Foreign Language 1 4
 Hours15
Spring
PHYS 300 Introductory Modern Physics 3
PHYS 301 Introductory Modern Physics Laboratory 1
CHEM 341 Organic Chemistry I 3
BIOL 242 Diversity of Life 3
BIOL 243 Diversity of Life Lab 1
Foreign Language 2 4
 Hours15
Year 3
Fall
PHYS 350 Differential Equations for the Physical Sciences 4
CHEM 342 Organic Chemistry II 3
BIOL 329 Cellular and Molecular Biology 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Arts & Humanitites - AH 3
Foreign Language 3 4
 Hours17
Spring
PHYS 460 Mechanics 3
PHYS 375 Intermediate Scientific Computing and Data Analysis 3
CHEM 445 Survey of Biochemistry 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Social & Behavioral Sciences Historical Perspective - SBH 3
Foreign Language 4 (if needed) or General Elective 3
 Hours15
Year 4
Fall
Select one of the following courses: 3
Practicum in Physics Education
Senior Seminar in Physics
Senior Thesis in Physics
Cooperative Internship in Physics
PHYS 300+ elective 3
Humanities or Social Science WR Elective (300 level or above) 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Social & Behavioral Sciences US Diversity - SBD1 3
General Elective 3
 Hours15
Spring
PHYS 300+ elective 3
Humanities or Social Science WR Elective (300 level or above) 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Arts & Humanities Global Diversity - AHD2 3
Humanities or Social Science Elective 3
 Hours12
 Minimum Total Hours122

Degree Audit Report
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  2. Click on the Academic Progress tile.
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Flight Planner
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