Earning a B.A. degree in Physics introduces you to the study of matter and energy. You learn about their nature and properties, including Newtonian mechanics, oscillations, and waves, bulk properties of matter and thermodynamics. Upper-level courses focus on modern, environmental and theoretical physics, materials science, electricity and magnetism, thermodynamics and statistical mechanics, radiation science, analog and digital electronics.
The Physics B.A. degree requires 30 credit hours in Physics and will usually not provide adequate preparation for pursuing a Physics graduate degree. It is a good option for students pursuing a dual degree or double major.
Is this major a good fit for you?
Students who choose to major in Physics typically have an intense curiosity about the universe and the behavior of the natural world. Physics requires both a solid understanding of mathematics and an ability to think critically about complex problems. Physicists enjoy coming up with models. They are challenged by a good puzzle, and like tinkering with devices or mathematical ideas. They share an interest in the quest for unifying principles and take pleasure in thinking.
Most Physics majors are interested in topics such as:
- the nature of dark matter
- the large-scale structure of the universe
- high-temperature superconductors
- the electronic properties of materials
- discovery of new particles
- fundamental symmetries and their violation