Bachelor of Arts in Physics: CurriculumBachelor of Arts in Physics: Curriculum

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 Interm. 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.