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Academics: Physics Major

Physics major

The general physics major consists of at least 32 semester hours, with a number of cognates in computer science and mathematics.

Who is this program for?

The 32-hour program is a bachelor of arts (BA) program that is ideal for students pursuing major or minor programs in other disciplines, such as math, engineering, or computer science (or even Chinese, political science, or music!) and are interested in a career in applied research and technology.

Program requirements

  • Physics 132, 133, 235, 237, 246, and 306 (or higher level substitutes)
  • Two or more advanced theory courses from Physics 335, 345, 346, 365, 375, or 376
  • Two or more upper-level laboratory courses from Physics 339, 349, or 379, Astronomy 384, or Engineering 204
  • Enroll in Phys195 at least four semesters; junior and senior physics majors are expected to give presentations in this course.
  • Departmentally approved electives to bring the total to at least 32 hours.

Cognates (at least 13 semester hours)

  • One from Computer Science 104, 106, or 108 (106 recommended)
  • Mathematics 170 or 171
  • Mathematics 172
  • Mathematics 270 or 271 (271 recommended)
  • Mathematics 231 is also recommended

If you attain 58 hours in Physics and the cognates, you can receive a bachelor of science (BS) degree. See the In-Depth Physics major and talk to your Physics advisor.



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Combinations with Engineering

If you are considering combining a physics major with an engineering minor, see information and sample schedules.

In-Depth Physics Major

If you are planning a career in research and academia and are bound for graduate school, we recommend the In-depth physics major Bachelor of Science degree instead of the 32-hour program.

Contact an advisor

Interested in a physics major? Contact any physics professor for advice.