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Bachelor of Arts

Effective fall 2021, there will be no admission to the program for both current and prospective students as this program is on administrative hold.

Physics is the most basic and fundamental science and is crucial to understanding our world. Physicists are problem solvers with the analytical skills that make them versatile and adaptable to many interesting jobs, such as astronauts, consultants, stock analysts and any career where analytical thinking is important. The Bachelor of Arts in Physics provides an introduction to the discipline and an opportunity to integrate the study of Physics with another field. In contrast to the B.S. program, the B.A. requires fewer credits in physics, permitting a student to complete a second major, a minor or take additional courses in another discipline such as Chemistry, Secondary Education, Journalism, Art, Management, SPDI, Environmental Studies or Computer Science. An interested Physics B.A. major should confer with a Physics advisor to plan a program to meet the student's specific needs and interests.

Integrative Studies Requirements

40 credits

Major Requirements

56 credits

INPHYS 201 Phenomenal Science
INPHYS 241 University Physics I
PHYS 242 University Physics II
PHYS 275 University Physics III

Select two from the following:

  • PHYS 330 Thermodynamics
  • PHYS 339 Classical Mechanics
  • PHYS 410 Quantum Mechanics
  • PHYS 440 Electricity & Magnetism

Related Fields

32 credits

INCHEM 111 General Chemistry I
CHEM 112 General Chemistry II
IIENST 150 Global Environmental Change
MATH 141 Introductory Statistics
MATH 151 Calculus I
MATH 152 Calculus II

Choose one::

  • INBIO 110 Molecules and Cells
  • INBIO 111 Evolution and Ecology

Choose one:

  • INASTR 101 Intro. to Planetary Astronomy
  • INASTR 102 Intro. to Stellar Astronomy

Teacher Certification

Dual Major in Education

  • Secondary Education


Select courses to reach a total of 120 credits for the degree.

Degree Requirements

120 credits
40 credits at the upper-level