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Physics B.A.School of Physics & Astronomy
College of Liberal Arts
The undergraduate physics program prepares students for employment, often in industrial or governmental laboratories, or for further study at graduate or professional schools in physics, engineering, biophysics, medicine, education, law, or business.
The program integrates a broad foundation in physics that can be flexibly combined with coursework in other technical disciplines or used to specialize in physics. Students should consult a physics adviser to help formulate objectives for undergraduate study.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
Admission Requirements
Prior to declaring the major, it is strongly recommended that students complete at least one 2xxx level course required for the major.
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the
Office of Admissions
website.
General Requirements
All students in baccalaureate degree programs are required to complete general University and college requirements including writing and liberal education courses. For more information about Universitywide requirements, see the
liberal education requirements.
Required courses for the major, minor or certificate in which a student receives a D grade (with or without plus or minus) do not count toward the major, minor or certificate (including transfer courses).
Program Requirements
Students are required to complete 4 semester(s) of
any second language.
with a grade of C, or better, or S, or demonstrate proficiency in the language(s) as defined by the department
or college.
CLA BA degrees require 4 semesters or the equivalent of a second language.
CLA degrees require students to complete 48 credits of upper division coursework taken at the 3xxx, 4xxx, or 5xxx level. For a BA at least 18 of the 48 upper division credits must be outside of the major. For some specific majors, there are exceptions to this requirement.
This program requires 18 upper division credits outside the major. See your advisor for a list of courses that can or cannot be used to meet this requirement.
Students may earn no more than one undergraduate degree in the physics program: a BA or a BS or a minor.
All incoming CLA freshmen must complete the First Year Experience course sequence.
Mathematics
Complete a total of four courses from the calculus sequence or honors calculus sequence. These course do not count toward the total number of credits required for the major.
Calculus Sequence
MATH 2243  Linear Algebra and Differential Equations
(4.0 cr)
or
MATH 2373  CSE Linear Algebra and Differential Equations
(4.0 cr)
MATH 2263  Multivariable Calculus
(4.0 cr)
or
MATH 2374  CSE Multivariable Calculus and Vector Analysis
(4.0 cr)
or
Honors Sequence
MATH 1571H  Honors Calculus I
[MATH]
(4.0 cr)
MATH 1572H  Honors Calculus II
(4.0 cr)
MATH 2573H  Honors Calculus III
(4.0 cr)
MATH 2574H  Honors Calculus IV
(4.0 cr)
Major Courses
Physics I
PHYS 1301W  Introductory Physics for Science and Engineering I
[PHYS, WI]
(4.0 cr)
or
PHYS 1401V  Honors Physics I
[PHYS, WI]
(4.0 cr)
or
PHYS 1501V  Honors Introduction to Mechanics
[PHYS, WI]
(4.0 cr)
Physics II
PHYS 1302W  Introductory Physics for Science and Engineering II
[PHYS, WI]
(4.0 cr)
or
PHYS 1402V  Honors Physics II
[PHYS, WI]
(4.0 cr)
or
PHYS 1502V  Honors Introduction to Electricity and Magnetism
[PHYS, WI]
(4.0 cr)
Physics III
PHYS 2503  Physics III: Intro to Waves, Optics, and Special Relativity
(4.0 cr)
or
PHYS 2503H  Honors Physics III
(4.0 cr)
Senior Project
The senior project is completed in PHYS 4025W, or by some alternate means subject to prior departmental approval. Should the approved alternate physics project total fewer than 5 credits, an additional physics elective at the 3xxxlevel or higher is required to meet the 5credit senior project minimum.
PHYS 4052W  Methods of Experimental Physics II
[WI]
(5.0 cr)
Upper Division Writing Intensive within the major
Students are required to take one upper division writing intensive course within the major. If that requirement has not been satisfied within the core major requirements, students must choose one course from the following list. Some of these courses may also fulfill other major requirements.
Take 0  1 course(s) from the following:
·
PHYS 4052W  Methods of Experimental Physics II
[WI]
(5.0 cr)


Credits:  4.0 [max 4.0] 
Course Equivalencies:  00067  Math 1271/Math 1281/Math 1371/ 
Typically offered:  Every Fall, Spring & Summer 
Credits:  4.0 [max 4.0] 
Course Equivalencies:  Math 1142/1271/1281/1371/1571H 
Typically offered:  Every Fall & Spring 
Credits:  4.0 [max 4.0] 
Course Equivalencies:  Math 1272/1282/1252/1372/1572 
Typically offered:  Every Fall, Spring & Summer 
Credits:  4.0 [max 4.0] 
Course Equivalencies:  Math 1272/1282/1252/1372/1572 
Typically offered:  Every Spring 
Credits:  4.0 [max 4.0] 
Course Equivalencies:  Math 2243/2373/2573 
Typically offered:  Every Fall, Spring & Summer 
Credits:  4.0 [max 4.0] 
Course Equivalencies:  Math 2243/2373/2573 
Typically offered:  Every Fall & Spring 
Credits:  4.0 [max 4.0] 
Course Equivalencies:  Math 2263/2373/2573H/3251 
Typically offered:  Every Fall, Spring & Summer 
Credits:  4.0 [max 4.0] 
Course Equivalencies:  Math 2263/2373/2573H/3251 
Typically offered:  Every Fall & Spring 
Credits:  4.0 [max 4.0] 
Course Equivalencies:  00067  Math 1142/1271/1281/1371/1571H 
Grading Basis:  AF only 
Typically offered:  Every Fall 
Credits:  4.0 [max 4.0] 
Course Equivalencies:  00068  Math 1272/1282/1252/1372/1572 
Grading Basis:  AF only 
Typically offered:  Every Spring 
Credits:  4.0 [max 4.0] 
Course Equivalencies:  00069  Math 2263/2374/3251 
Grading Basis:  AF only 
Typically offered:  Every Fall 
Credits:  4.0 [max 4.0] 
Course Equivalencies:  00561  Math 2243/Math 2373/Math 2573H 
Grading Basis:  AF only 
Typically offered:  Every Spring 
Credits:  4.0 [max 4.0] 
Course Equivalencies:  00078 
Typically offered:  Every Fall, Spring & Summer 
Credits:  4.0 [max 4.0] 
Course Equivalencies:  00078 
Grading Basis:  AF only 
Typically offered:  Every Fall 
Credits:  4.0 [max 4.0] 
Course Equivalencies:  00078  Phys 1201W/Phys1301W/Phys1401V 
Grading Basis:  AF only 
Typically offered:  Every Fall 
Credits:  4.0 [max 4.0] 
Course Equivalencies:  00079 
Typically offered:  Every Fall & Spring 
Credits:  4.0 [max 4.0] 
Course Equivalencies:  00079  Phys 1202W/1302W/1402V 
Grading Basis:  AF only 
Typically offered:  Every Spring 
Credits:  4.0 [max 4.0] 
Course Equivalencies:  00079  Phys 1202W/1302W/1402V 
Grading Basis:  AF only 
Typically offered:  Every Spring 
Credits:  4.0 [max 4.0] 
Course Equivalencies:  00080  Phys 2303/2403H/2503 
Typically offered:  Every Fall 
Credits:  4.0 [max 4.0] 
Course Equivalencies:  00080  Phys 2303/2403H/2503 
Grading Basis:  AF only 
Typically offered:  Every Fall 
Credits:  3.0 [max 3.0] 
Typically offered:  Every Fall 
Credits:  4.0 [max 4.0] 
Typically offered:  Every Spring 
Credits:  3.0 [max 3.0] 
Typically offered:  Every Fall & Spring 
Credits:  5.0 [max 5.0] 
Typically offered:  Every Fall 
Credits:  4.0 [max 4.0] 
Typically offered:  Every Fall 
Credits:  4.0 [max 4.0] 
Typically offered:  Every Spring 
Credits:  4.0 [max 4.0] 
Typically offered:  Every Fall 
Credits:  5.0 [max 5.0] 
Typically offered:  Every Spring 
Credits:  5.0 [max 5.0] 
Typically offered:  Every Spring 