BA in Physics


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The Bachelor of Arts in Physics builds a foundation in the field while allowing plenty of flexibility to combine the program with a second major or minor in another course of study.

The 56-credit program includes courses in physics and mathematics as well as electives in physics or astronomy. Students also complete a capstone course.



Declare a Major

All students should visit the undergraduate program director or another physics advisor before submitting the Declaration of Major/Minor Form. Current advisors are listed on the faculty directory.



Alexander van der Horst

Alexander van der Horst

Assistant Professor of Astrophysics

"Anywhere you need problem solving, analytical skills or technical expertise, you'll find physics majors."


Capstone Course

Students majoring in physics complete a required capstone course. Learning objectives for the capstone include:

  • Working in a mentored learning environment to design and conduct physics research in an ethical manner
  • Exploring and preparing for various careers
  • Practicing how to share research findings with different audiences

Course Requirements 

The following requirements must be fulfilled:

The general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, Undergraduate Programs.

Program-specific curriculum:

Introductory courses (30 credits):
PHYS 1021University Physics I
or PHYS 1025 University Physics I with Biological Applications
PHYS 1022University Physics II
or PHYS 1026 University Physics II with Biological Applications
PHYS 2023Modern Physics
MATH 1231Single-Variable Calculus I
MATH 1232Single-Variable Calculus II
MATH 2233Multivariable Calculus
MATH 2184Linear Algebra I
MATH 3342Ordinary Differential Equations
CHEM 1111General Chemistry I
or CHEM 1112 General Chemistry II
BISC 1111Introductory Biology: Cells and Molecules
or BISC 1115
BISC 1125
Introductory Biology: Cells and Molecules
and Introduction to Cells and Molecules Laboratory
BISC 1112Introductory Biology: The Biology of Organisms
or BISC 1116
BISC 1126
Introductory Biology: The Biology of Organisms
and Introduction to Organisms Laboratory
Advanced courses (21 credits):
PHYS 2151Intermediate Laboratory I: Techniques and Methods
or PHYS 2151W Intermediate Laboratory I: Techniques and Methods
PHYS 3161Mechanics
PHYS 3164Thermal and Statistical Physics
PHYS 3165Electromagnetic Theory I
PHYS 4195Physics Capstone
or PHYS 4195W Physics Capstone
Two additional Physics (PHYS) courses numbered 3000 or higher or Astronomy (ASTR) courses numbered 2000 or higher for a total of 6 credits.