Physics, B.A.

B.A. Physics Major

This major provides students with a comprehensive introduction to the discipline and the opportunity to explore some areas of physics in greater depth. It is appropriate for students preparing for secondary school teaching and fits well with an environmental studies concentration, preparation for law, or business school. It is also a good choice for students pursuing the Dual Degree 3-2 Engineering Program.

Program Learning Goals for the Physics Major

The following is a consolidation of the four sets of learning goals for the major programs of the B.S. in Physics (PH) and the B.A. in Physics (BA).

Students will:

  1. Demonstrate a solid understanding of the core principles and concepts of physics and gain understanding in selected additional advanced topics in physics.
  2. Apply mathematical, analytical, computational, and experimental skills to model the behavior of physical systems, solve a wide range of physics problems, design and conduct experiments to measure and interpret physical phenomena, and critically evaluate scientific results and arguments, both their own and those of others.
  3. Effectively communicate scientific hypotheses, research methods, data and analysis both orally and in writing and in a variety of venues.
  4. Demonstrate awareness of professional responsibilities and good citizenship as members of the scientific community.
  5. Be prepared to enter graduate school or employment appropriate to their chosen career path.

Major Requirements

39 credit hours:

PH 135PHYSICS I

4

PH 135LPHYSICS WORKSHOP I

1

PH 136PHYSICS II

4

PH 136LPHYSICS WORKSHOP II

1

PH 246MODERN PHYSICS

3

PH 247MODERN PHYSICS LABORATORY

1

PH 347ADVANCED LABORATORY

2

PH 348PHYSICS SEMINAR I

0

PH 349PHYSICS SEMINAR II

0

 

PH 407SENIOR RESEARCH OR DESIGN PROJECT

2

or

PH 408SENIOR RESEARCH OR DESIGN PROJECT

2

 

EP 217MATHEMATICAL METHODS OF PHYSICS AND ENGINEERING

3

EP 260DC/AC CIRCUITS

3

EP 260LDC/AC CIRCUITS LABORATORY

1

 

Plus 14 more PH or EP credits at the 300-400 level, of which 8 credits must be chosen from:

PH 315CLASSICAL MECHANICS

3

and

PH 315LCLASSICAL MECHANICS WORKSHOP

1

 

PH 365ELECTRICITY & MAGNETISM

3

and

PH 365LELECTRICITY AND MAGNETISM WORKSHOP

1

 

PH 445QUANTUM PHYSICS

3

and

PH 445LQUANTUM PHYSICS WORKSHOP

1

 

EP 451NUMERICAL PHYSICS

3

and

EP 451LNUMERICAL PHYSICS WORKSHOP

1

Required Mathematics Support Courses

MT 135CALCULUS AND ANALYTIC GEOMETRY I

4

MT 136CALCULUS AND ANALYTIC GEOMETRY II

4

MT 233CALCULUS AND ANALYTIC GEOMETRY III

4

Total Credit Hours:12