2020-2021 Academic Catalog

B.A. in Physics

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Program Description

The Bachelor of Arts in Physics degree program at Cal U creates a strong foundation in physics; stimulates intellectual growth; promotes critical thinking and leadership skills; and builds character in students. A foundational natural science degree, this program is designed to assist students in developing a deep understanding of concepts and problem-solving skills, preparing them for a broad range of career opportunities. The Physics program encourages and leads students in outreach service and aims to produce graduates who can:

  • Acquire factual and theoretical knowledge of physics.
  • Develop laboratory knowledge and skills while sustaining a commitment to safety.
  • Employ technology to obtain and utilize physics principles and current discoveries. 
  • Communicate effectively. 

Delivery Mode

Traditional (on campus)


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

Course Credits
Freshman Year  
First-Semester 17
CHE 101  General Chemistry I 4
ENG 101  English Composition I 3
MAT 281  Calculus I 3
UNI 100  First-Year Seminar 1
General Education Courses 6
Second Semester 17
CHE 102  General Chemistry II 4
PHY 101  College Physics I 4
MAT 282  Calculus II 3
General Education Courses 6
Sophomore Year  
Third Semester 16
CSC 120  Problem Solving and Programming Constructs 3
MAT 381  Calculus III 3
PHY 202  College Physics II 4
General Education Courses 6
Fourth Semester 16
MAT 382  Calculus IV  3
PHY 203  College Physics III 4
Free Electives 6
General Education Course 3
Junior Year  
Fifth Semester 16
MAT 406  Differential Equations 3
PHY 301  Intermediate Electricity and Magnetism 4
PHY 331  Modern Physics 3
Free Elective 3
General Education Course 3
Sixth Semester 12
Adviser-approved PHY Elective 3
Free Electives 9
Senior Year  
Seventh Semester 15
PHY 321  Intermediate Mechanics 4
PHY 495  Physics Seminar 1
Special Experience Course 3
Free Electives 6
Eighth Semester 12
Free Electives 12
Total 120

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.

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