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.

University Discovery Program requirements 1
Bachelor of Arts Degree requirements
PHYS 400Freshman Seminar1
PHYS 407General Physics I4
PHYS 408General Physics II4
CS 410PIntroduction to Scientific Programming/Python4
or IAM 550 Introduction to Engineering Computing
PHYS 505
PHYS 506
General Physics III
and General Physics III Laboratory
4
PHYS 508Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics4
PHYS 601Computational Physics Recitation I1
PHYS 602Computational Physics Recitation II1
PHYS 605Experimental Physics I5
PHYS 615Classical Mechanics and Mathematical Physics I4
PHYS 616Classical Mechanics and Mathematical Physics II4
PHYS 701Quantum Mechanics I4
PHYS 703Electricity and Magnetism I4
PHYS 705Experimental Physics II4
Capstone: 22-8
Independent Study
and Thesis
Advanced Research Experience
and Thesis
Senior Project
Mathematics:
MATH 425Calculus I4
MATH 426Calculus II4
Select one of the following Options8-12
Option A:
Differential Equations with Linear Algebra
and Multidimensional Calculus
Option B:
Linearity I
and Linearity II
Total Credits66-76

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.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
PHYS 400 Freshman Seminar 1
PHYS 407 General Physics I 4
MATH 425 Calculus I 4
Other Required Courses 8
 Credits17
Spring
PHYS 408 General Physics II 4
MATH 426 Calculus II 4
ENGL 401 First-Year Writing 4
CS 410P
Introduction to Scientific Programming/Python
or Introduction to Engineering Computing
4
 Credits16
Second Year
Fall
PHYS 505
PHYS 506
General Physics III
and General Physics III Laboratory
4
MATH 525
Linearity I
or Differential Equations with Linear Algebra
4-6
PHYS 601 Computational Physics Recitation I 1
Other Required Courses 8
 Credits17-19
Spring
PHYS 615 Classical Mechanics and Mathematical Physics I 4
MATH 526
Linearity II
or Multidimensional Calculus
4-6
PHYS 602 Computational Physics Recitation II 1
Other Required Courses 8
 Credits17-19
Third Year
Fall
PHYS 616 Classical Mechanics and Mathematical Physics II 4
PHYS 701 Quantum Mechanics I 4
Other Required Courses 8
 Credits16
Spring
PHYS 703 Electricity and Magnetism I 4
PHYS 605 Experimental Physics I 5
Other Required Courses 8
 Credits17
Fourth Year
Fall
PHYS 705 Experimental Physics II 4
PHYS 508 Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics 4
Other Required Courses 4
Capstone 4
 Credits16
Spring
Other Required Courses 12
Capstone 4
 Credits16
 Total Credits132-136
  • 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.