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Bachelor of Arts Degree Program Information

The Bachelor of Arts Degree in physics is an excellent option for students considering careers in widely varying areas including law, journalism, medicine, finance, teaching, and computational science. In these fields as well as in science a liberal education incorporating serious study of physics is a strong asset.  

The objectives of the B.A. are to foster an understanding of the core areas of physics and encourage analytical and computational skills that are of great value in the workforce.  The B.A. in physics offers increased flexibility to take advantage of elective offerings.  It also offers the possibility of a shortened time-line in comparison with the Bachelor of Science in Physics.

The B.A. requires 30 total credit hours of physics coursework, 18 of which must be in courses numbered 300 or higher.  Of these 30 total credits, only 15 are from required courses allowing a large amount of freedom to take physics and astronomy electives, and permitting students to focus on a subject of interest, such as astronomy, pre-medical school, or computation.  For detailed requirements, see the Physics B.A. listing in the Course Catalog.

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Sample Curriculum

Shown below is one example of how a student might complete their B.A. in physics.  This is only one example!  Consult with your advisor in physics to design a curriculum that suits your interests and needs!

Bachelor of Arts

Fall Spring Physics Credits Per Year

PHY 215† (3)

PHY 221† (1)

MAT 295†
Calc I

PHY 216† (3)

PHY 222† (1)

PHY 250 (1)
Journal Club

MAT 296
Calc II


9 Credits

PHY 307* (3)
Computational Physics I

PHY 360* (3)
Vibrations, Waves, and Optics

PHY 344† (4)

PHY 361† (3)
Modern Physics

13 Credits

PHY 317* (3)
Stellar and Interstellar Astrophysics

PHY 351* (3)
Modern Instrumentation

PHY 312* (3)
Relativity and Cosmology

9 Credits
Total PHY Credits  13 Credits  18 Credits 31 Credits

Key: † Required Courses, * Electives