BA in Physics - Chemical Physics Option

Program Requirements

A student majoring in physics may select a chemical physics option.

Course Title Hours
Select one of the following combinations10
Combination A
General College Physics I
and General College Physics II
Combination B
Physics for Scientists I
and University Physics Lab I
Physics for Scientists II
and University Physics Lab II
PHYS 551Topics in Modern Physics3
PHYS 621Analytical Mechanics3
PHYS 631Electricity and Magnetism3
PHYS 641Thermophysics3
PHYS 651Quantum Mechanics I3
MATH 555Differential Equations I3
Select one of the following MATH courses3
Linear Algebra
Integration Techniques and Applications
Advanced Calculus I
Partial Differential Equations for Engineers
Select 5 credit hours in chemistry5
Select 2 additional credit hours from the following2
Advanced Physics Laboratory
Electronics Laboratory
Computational Physics Laboratory
Select four additional courses in chemistry beyond the 211–212 sequence
Total Credit Hours38

With departmental approval, the chemistry courses could substitute for required courses covering similar topics.

Applied Learning

Students in the BA in physics are required to complete an applied learning or research experience to graduate from the program. The requirement can be met in several ways. Students can take PHYS 516, PHYS 481 or engage in undergraduate research PHYS 600/PHYS 601.