Physics and Astronomy B.A.

Degree Requirements: 126 Credit Hours

See Core Curriculum for required courses in Area A1 through Area E.

This B.A. degree is designed to prepare students who are seeking Teacher Certification through the Masters of Arts in Teaching program.  This program will be desirable for future teachers interested in broad field science and/or physics certification.

Credit Hours
Area A1 - Communication Skills
Select 6 credit hours from Area A1 of the Core Curriculum6
Area A2 - Quantitative Skills
MATH   1113Pre-Calculus 13
or MATH   1441 Calculus I
Area B - Global Engagement
Select 4 credit hours from Area B of the Core Curriculum4
Area C - Humanities, Fine Arts, and Ethics
Select 6 credit hours from Area C of the Core Curriculum6
Area D - Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Technology
Select 11 credit hours from Area D of the Core Curriculum11
Area E - Social Sciences
Select 12 credit hours from Area E of the Core Curriculum12
Area F - Courses Appropriate to Major 2
ASTR   1010Astronomy of the Solar System3
ASTR   1020Stellar and Galactic Astronomy3
MATH   2242Calculus II4
PHYS   2211Principles of Physics I4
PHYS   2212Principles of Physics II4
Health and Physical Education Activities
HLTH   1520Healthful Living2
Physical Education Activities2
FYE   1220First-Year Seminar2
Specific Requirements
EDUC   2090PPB Practicum1
EDUC   2110Investigating Critical and Contemporary Issues in Education3
EDUC   2120Exploring Socio-Cultural Perspectives on Diversity in Educational Contexts3
EDUC   2130Exploring Learning and Teaching3
Major Requirements
PHYS   3536Modern Physics I3
PHYS   3537Modern Physics II3
PHYS   4421Advanced Physics Lab I2
Select one of the following Teaching Internship Courses:1
Teaching Internship in Astronomy
Teaching Internship in Physics
Students must complete 12 credit hours of Advisor approved upper level Astronomy or Physics courses.12
Foreign Language (2002 Level)
Select 0-6 credit hours of Foreign Language0-6
Select 15 credit hours of Minor15
Select 8-14 credit hours of Electives8-14
Carry over from Area A2, if applicable (1)
Total Credit Hours126

While Pre-Calculus (MATH   1113) and Calculus I (MATH   1441) are 4 credit hours, only 3 credit hours will count toward fulfilling Area A2. The remaining credit hour will be applied toward Electives.


Students must complete Calculus I (MATH   1441) and Calculus II (MATH   2242)

Other Program Requirements

  • No more than 30 credit hours of upper division course work in Physics may count toward the 126 credit hour minimum for graduation.

Honors in Physics

  To graduate with Honors in Physics, a student must:

  • be admitted to the University Honors Program;
  • complete 3-credit hours in PHYS 5890H OR ASTR 5890H (in a minimum of two regular semesters);
  • successfully complete and present an Honors Thesis or Capstone Project;
  • be in good standing in the University Honors Program at the time of graduation.


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