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Bachelor of Arts in Physics: Curriculum

The B.A. in physics is a career-oriented course of study that can accommodate both full- and part-time students, students with or without professional experience, and incoming freshmen and transfer students.

Get a description of each of Cal U's physics courses from our Course Catalog.

We also offer a nanofabrication manufacturing technology concentration and a B.S. Ed. certification program in physics.

Bachelor of Arts in Physics: 120 Credits

The following eight-semester schedule of courses provides a recommended framework for completing this program of study in four years.

First Semester – 17 credits
CourseCredits

CHE 101 General Chemistry I

4 crs.

ENG 101 English Composition I

3 crs.

MAT 281 Calculus I

3 crs.

UNI100 First-Year Seminar

1 cr.

General Education Courses

6 crs.

Second Semester – 17 credits
CourseCredits

PHY 101 College Physics I

4 crs.

CHE 102 General Chemistry II

4 crs.

MAT282 Calculus II

3 crs.

General Education Courses

6 crs.




Third Semester – 16 credits
CourseCredits

PHY 202 College Physics II

4 crs.

MAT 381 Calculus III

3 crs.

CSC 120 Problem Solving and Programming Constructs

3 crs.

General Education Courses

6 crs.

Fourth Semester – 16 credits
CourseCredits

PHY 203 College Physics III

4 crs.

MAT 382 Calculus IV

3 crs.

Free Electives

6 crs.

General Education Course

3 crs.

Fifth Semester – 16 credits
CourseCredits

PHY 301 Intermediate Electricity and Magnetism

4 crs.

MAT 406 Differential Equations

3 crs.

PHY 331 Modern Physics

3 crs.

Free Elective

General Education Course

3 crs.

3 crs.

Sixth Semester – 12 credits
CourseCredits

Adviser-approved PHY Elective

3 crs.

Free Electives

9 crs.




Seventh Semester – 14 credits
CourseCredits

PHY 321 Intermediate Mechanics

4 crs.

PHY 495 Physics Seminar

Special Experience Course

Free Electives

1 cr.

3 crs.

6 crs.

Eighth Semester – 12 credits
CourseCredits

Free Electives

12 crs.






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Program Notes: 42 total credits must be at the 300 level or above. At least 18 credits of General Education and free electives must be at the 300 level and above to meet this requirement.