Physics B.A.

Eight-Semester Degree Program

Students wishing to follow the eight-semester degree plan should see the Eight-Semester Degree Policy in the Academic Regulations chapter for university requirements of the program as well as the Fulbright College requirements. Core requirement hours may vary by individual, based on placement and previous credit granted. Once all core requirements are met, students may substitute a three-hour (or more) general elective in place of a core area.

The Physics B.A. program includes requirements for a special emphasis area. In this case, journalism was used as an example. Journalism courses indicated below are recommended by the Department of Journalism as the foundation needed for science reporting. It is recommended that the free electives be chosen in a second science, or in journalism.

First YearUnits
ENGL 1013 Composition I (ACTS Equivalency = ENGL 1013)3  
Select one of the following:3  
JOUR 1023 Media and Society (required for journalism sequence)3
General Elective
MATH 1203 College Algebra (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 1103)
or MATH 1284C Precalculus Mathematics (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 1305)
University/State Core Fine Arts or Humanities or US History requirement3  
General Elective3  
ENGL 1023 Composition II (ACTS Equivalency = ENGL 1023)  3
Select one of the following:  3
JOUR 1033 Media Writing (required for journalism sequence)3
General Elective
Select one of the following:  3-4
MATH 1213 Plane Trigonometry (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 1203) (as required)
MATH 2043 Survey of Calculus (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 2203)1
MATH 2554 Calculus I (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 2405)1
University/State Core Humanities or US History or Fine Arts requirement   3
University/State Core Social Science requirement   3
Year Total: 15 15
Second YearUnits
PHYS 2013 College Physics I (ACTS Equivalency = PHYS 2014 Lecture)
& PHYS 2011L College Physics I Laboratory (ACTS Equivalency = PHYS 2014 Lab)1
University/State Core U.S. History or Fine Arts or Humanities requirement3  
University/State Core Social Science requirement3  
Select one of the following:3-4  
MATH 2043 Survey of Calculus (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 2203) (as required)1
MATH 2554 Calculus I (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 2405)1
MATH/STAT Elective1
Select one of the following:3  
JOUR 2013 News Reporting I (pre-req. JOUR 1023 and 1033)1,3
General Elective
PHYS 2033 College Physics II (ACTS Equivalency = PHYS 2024 Lecture)
& PHYS 2031L College Physics II Laboratory (ACTS Equivalency = PHYS 2024 Lab)1
Select one of the following:  3
JOUR 3023 News Reporting II1,2,3
Other Special Emphasis Area4
MATH or STAT elective1  3
General Electives  6
Year Total: 16 16
Third YearUnits
PHYS 3603 Introduction to Modern Physics1,23  
MATH/STAT elective (as required) or General Elective13  
Select one of the following:3  
JOUR 3633 Media Law1,2,3
Other Special Emphasis Area4
General Electives6  
PHYS 360VL Introduction to Modern Physics Laboratory  1-3
PHYS/ASTR Group A1,2  3
Select one of the following:  3
JOUR 3013 Editing1,2,3
Other Special Emphasis Area4
3000+ Advanced Level Elective1  3
General Electives  6
Year Total: 15 16
Fourth YearUnits
PHYS/ASTR Group A1,22-4  
PHYS/ASTR Group A1,23-4  
Fulbright College 3000+ Elective (as needed)1,23  
Advanced level elective16  
PHYS 4203 (or other PHYS/ASTR Group A)1,2  3
PHYS 4991 Physics Senior Seminar1,2  1
3000+ Advanced level elective (as needed) or General Elective1  3
General Electives (as needed to total 120 degree credits)  6
Year Total: 14 13
Total Units in Sequence:  120

Meets 40-hour advanced credit hour requirement. See College Academic Regulations.


Meets 24-hour rule (24 hours of 3000-4000 level courses in Fulbright College), in addition to meeting the 40-hour rule. See College Academic Regulations.


Required for journalism emphasis.


Additional 9 semester hours at 3000 level or above from a single emphasis area chosen with adviser approval. This requirement is automatically fulfilled by the bold-faced upper-level journalism courses.

Group A

Eleven semester hours chosen from: Any PHYS or ASTR classes numbered 3000 or above.