# Physics Major (B.A.)

https://ceps.unh.edu/physics/program/ba/physics-major

This program provides an opportunity for a broad and liberal education, which in some cases may be sufficient for graduate work. This program can also be excellent preparation for middle and high school physics teachers, pre-med and pre-law students, and those wishing to pursue a technical career in industry. Because there are fewer required courses than for a B.S., you have time to pursue other academic interests. A judicious choice of electives may also prepare students for interdisciplinary programs that require proficiency in a specialized area of physics.

Code | Title | Credits |
---|---|---|

University Discovery Program requirements ^{1} | ||

Bachelor of Arts Degree requirements | ||

PHYS 400 | Freshman Seminar | 1 |

PHYS 407 | General Physics I | 4 |

PHYS 408 | General Physics II | 4 |

CS 410P | Introduction to Scientific Programming/Python | 4 |

or IAM 550 | Introduction to Engineering Computing | |

PHYS 505 & PHYS 506 | General Physics III and General Physics III Laboratory | 4 |

PHYS 508 | Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics | 4 |

PHYS 601 | Computational Physics Recitation I | 1 |

PHYS 602 | Computational Physics Recitation II | 1 |

PHYS 605 | Experimental Physics I | 5 |

PHYS 615 | Classical Mechanics and Mathematical Physics I | 4 |

PHYS 616 | Classical Mechanics and Mathematical Physics II | 4 |

PHYS 701 | Quantum Mechanics I | 4 |

PHYS 703 | Electricity and Magnetism I | 4 |

PHYS 705 | Experimental Physics II | 4 |

Capstone: ^{2} | 2-8 | |

Independent Study and Thesis | ||

Advanced Research Experience and Thesis | ||

or PHYS 798 | Senior Project | |

Mathematics: | ||

MATH 425 | Calculus I | 4 |

MATH 426 | Calculus II | 4 |

Select one of the following Options | 8-12 | |

Option A: | ||

Differential Equations with Linear Algebra and Multidimensional Calculus | ||

Option B: | ||

Linearity I and Linearity II | ||

Total Credits | 66-76 |

^{1} | Note that no physics course can satisfy these requirement for a physics major. The rationale behind this is that a course in physics does not broaden the education of a physics major. |

^{2} | A capstone experience is required of all physics majors during their senior year. The Physics Department encourages students to write a senior thesis (PHYS 799 Thesis) for their capstone experience. Other options include independent study research projects (PHYS 795 Independent Study or INCO 590 Student Research Experience) or a special project as part of senior lab (PHYS 705 Experimental Physics II). All capstone experiences must be approved by the undergraduate committee during the student's penultimate semester. |

## Suggested Curriculum for B.A. in Physics

In the following table, "other required courses" include Discovery courses, writing-intensive courses, language courses required for the B.A., and free-choice electives.

First Year | ||
---|---|---|

Fall | Credits | |

PHYS 400 | Freshman Seminar | 1 |

PHYS 407 | General Physics I | 4 |

MATH 425 | Calculus I | 4 |

Other Required Courses | 8 | |

Credits | 17 | |

Spring | ||

PHYS 408 | General Physics II | 4 |

MATH 426 | Calculus II | 4 |

ENGL 401 | First-Year Writing | 4 |

CS 410P or IAM 550 |
Introduction to Scientific Programming/Python or Introduction to Engineering Computing |
4 |

Credits | 16 | |

Second Year | ||

Fall | ||

PHYS 505 & PHYS 506 |
General Physics III and General Physics III Laboratory |
4 |

MATH 525 or MATH 527 |
Linearity I or Differential Equations with Linear Algebra |
4-6 |

PHYS 601 | Computational Physics Recitation I | 1 |

Other Required Courses | 8 | |

Credits | 17-19 | |

Spring | ||

PHYS 615 | Classical Mechanics and Mathematical Physics I | 4 |

MATH 526 or MATH 528 |
Linearity II or Multidimensional Calculus |
4-6 |

PHYS 602 | Computational Physics Recitation II | 1 |

Other Required Courses | 8 | |

Credits | 17-19 | |

Third Year | ||

Fall | ||

PHYS 616 | Classical Mechanics and Mathematical Physics II | 4 |

PHYS 701 | Quantum Mechanics I | 4 |

Other Required Courses | 8 | |

Credits | 16 | |

Spring | ||

PHYS 703 | Electricity and Magnetism I | 4 |

PHYS 605 | Experimental Physics I | 5 |

Other Required Courses | 8 | |

Credits | 17 | |

Fourth Year | ||

Fall | ||

PHYS 705 | Experimental Physics II | 4 |

PHYS 508 | Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics | 4 |

Other Required Courses | 4 | |

Capstone | 4 | |

Credits | 16 | |

Spring | ||

Other Required Courses | 12 | |

Capstone | 4 | |

Credits | 16 | |

Total Credits | 132-136 |

- Students will master the fundamentals of mechanics, electricity and magnetism, quantum mechanics, and thermodynamics.
- Students will have a solid understanding of calculus and differential equations and be able to use mathematics to solve physics problems.
- Students will be proficient at taking measurements in a physics lab and analyzing measurements to draw valid conclusions.
- Students will be able to integrate competently the knowledge and skills acquired in the major and have adequate preparation to succeed in post-undergraduate studies or a professional career.
- Students develop and execute plans for post-graduation to establish their careers. Student will understand the variety of career paths and opportunities that are open to students who have majored in physics.
- Students will be able to present scientific ideas effectively in both written and oral form.