BA in Physics
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.
Declaration of Major/Minor Form
"Anywhere you need problem solving, analytical skills or technical expertise, you'll find physics majors."
Alexander van der Horst
Assistant Professor of Astrophysics
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
The general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, Undergraduate Programs.
|Introductory courses (29 credits):|
|CSCI 1012||Introduction to Programming with Python|
|or MAE 1117||Introduction to Engineering Computations|
|PHYS 1021||University Physics I|
|or PHYS 1025||University Physics I with Biological Applications|
|PHYS 1022||University Physics II|
|or PHYS 1026||University Physics II with Biological Applications|
|PHYS 2023||Modern Physics|
|MATH 1231||Single-Variable Calculus I|
|MATH 1232||Single-Variable Calculus II|
|MATH 2233||Multivariable Calculus|
|MATH 2184||Linear Algebra I|
|MATH 3342||Ordinary Differential Equations|
|Advanced courses (21 credits):|
|PHYS 2151W||Intermediate Laboratory I: Techniques and Methods|
|PHYS 3164||Thermal and Statistical Physics|
|PHYS 3165||Electromagnetic Theory I|
|PHYS 4195W||Physics Capstone|
|Two courses (6 credits) in Physics (PHYS) numbered 3000 or above and/or Astronomy (ASTR) numbered 2000 or above.|