2021-2022 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)


Course Credits
General Education Courses 42
Building a Sense of Community
UNI 100  First-Year Seminar
ENG 101  English Composition I
Public Speaking
Any Public Speaking Course
Mathematics and Quantitative Literacy
MAT 281 Calculus I
Health and Wellness
Any Health and Wellness Course
Technological Literacy
CSC 120  Problem Solving and Programming Constructs
Any Humanities Course
Fine Arts
Any Fine Arts Course
Natural Sciences
CHE 101  General Chemistry I
Social Sciences
Any Social Sciences Course
General Education Options
  • Any Ethics and Multicultural Awareness Emphasis Course
  • CHE 102  General Chemistry II (4 credits)
  • Additional General Education Courses (two courses)
Required Major Courses 39
MAT 282  Calculus II 3
MAT 381  Calculus III 3
MAT 382  Calculus IV 3
MAT 406  Differential Equations 3
PHY 101  College Physics I 4
PHY 202  College Physics II 4
PHY 203  College Physics III 4
PHY 321  Intermediate Mechanics 4
PHY 301  Intermediate Elect. & Mag. 4
PHY 331  Modern Physics I 3
PHY 495  Physics Seminar 1
Adviser-approved 300- or 400-level PHY Elective  3
Free Electives 39
Total 120

Additional requirements, not counted toward the General Education requirements, include:

  • Special Experience Course (1 course required): Any Special Experience Course
  • Writing-Intensive Component Courses (2 courses required): PHY 301 Intermediate Electricity and Magnetism AND PHY 495 Physics Seminar
  • Laboratory Course (1 course required): PHY 101 College Physics I

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 or above to meet this requirement.

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