Physics, B.A.

Overall Requirements

  • 120 credit hours, to include at least 36 credits at or above the 300 course level
  • Minimum of 27 credits in Physics courses above the 100 level. 
  • Students must have at least a 2.0 GPA for the required Physics and Mathematics courses. 

Degree Program Requirements

University Requirements
General Education Requirements (MAC)
College of Arts and Sciences Additional Requirements (CIC)

Major Requirements

Core Courses27
General Physics I with Calculus
General Physics II with Calculus
Intro to Experimental Methods
Introduction to Modern Physics
Electricity and Magnetism I
Thermal Physics
Intro to Computational Physics
Physics Senior Seminar
Related Area Requirements14
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Laboratory
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Laboratory
Introduction to Computer Programming for Non-Majors
Ordinary Differential Equations
Select one of the following Calculus Sequences: 12
Sequence 1
Calculus I
Calculus II
Calculus III
Calculus IV
Sequence 2
Calculus A
Calculus B
Calculus C

Optional Concentration

The optional concentration as detailed following the major requirements may be added, but is not required.

  • Physics Major with Comprehensive Science High School Teaching Licensure


Electives sufficient to complete the 120 credit hours required for degree.

Physics Major with Comprehensive Science High School Teaching Licensure Concentration Requirements

The Comprehensive Science High School Licensure (PHYS) program provides a strong background in physics as well as licensure for high school physics teaching. In addition, successful completion of this program qualifies candidates to teach other high school science subjects as well.

Additional Requirements for Teacher Licensure
Principles of Biology I
and Principles of Biology I Laboratory
Principles of Biology II
and Principles of Biology II Laboratory
Introduction to Earth Science
Select one of the following:
Physical Geology
Environmental Change: Its Nature and Impact
Weather and Climate
Physical Geography: Landscape Processes
Required *27
Literacy in the Content Area
Assessment I: Accountability in Our Nation's Schools
Assessment II: Standardized Tests
Assessment III: Classroom Assessment
Child and Adolescent Development and Learning
Understanding and Teaching Students with Disabilities in Inclusive Settings
Teaching Multilingual Learners with Diverse Abilities
Human Diversity, Teaching, and Learning
Teaching Practices and Curriculum in Science
Student Teaching: Secondary School
Student Teaching Seminar
Introduction to Instructional Technology for Educational Settings (strongly recommended)

The courses listed must be taken in a specified sequence, terminating in student teaching in the spring semester of the senior year. See the online Secondary Education Handbook for more information.

Counts toward GEC GNS requirement. 


Counts toward GEC GMT requirement.