Nov 18, 2018  
2017 Undergraduate Catalog 1.2 (SUMMER - FALL) 
2017 Undergraduate Catalog 1.2 (SUMMER - FALL) [ARCHIVED CATALOG - Consult with Your Academic Advisor for Your Catalog Year]

Physics (B.A.) - Hegis Code 1902

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(Bachelor of Arts Degree)

Physics is the science concerned with the nature of matter, energy, and the interrelationships between them. Common cross-disciplines include engineering physics, chemical physics, geophysics, biophysics, and mathematical physics.

Engineering is the application of physics to real-world problems. Engineers are the people who design the automobiles, the bridges, the computer chips, the electronic devices, the artificial limbs, and all of the other technological wonders of our civilization.

Between these two fields, there is a mixed area that might be called applied physics or research engineering. It calls for people with a practical physics background who do engineering-development and research in industry.

Students considering public school teaching as a career should refer to the programs in education, listed alphabetically in this section of the catalog.

The B.A. in physics is intended for students who plan to teach or who wish to have a good scientific background for use in technology-related careers in business, law, management, optometry, or medicine. It provides a broader base of general science and allows for more course electives in other disciplines than the B.S. program.

Total credit hours required for degree: 128

Learning Objectives

BA students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a conceptual, theoretical and practical understanding (including hands-on work) in the Classical Mechanics topics such as Newton’s laws of motion, static and dynamic equilibrium, kinematics, work, energy, impulse and momentum and relativistic mechanics (special relativity).
  • Demonstrate a conceptual, theoretical and practical understanding (including hands-on work) in the Electricity and Magnetism topics such as Electric forces and fields Gauss’s Law, the electric potential, electric potential energy and work, Kirchhoff’s Laws, DC and AC circuits, including R, RC and LRC circuits, magnetic forces and fields, and Ampere’s Law.
  • Demonstrate a conceptual, theoretical and practical understanding (including hands-on work) in the Quantum and Modern Physics topics such as quantization of energy, particle-like properties of radiation, wavelike properties of matter, the Bohr atom, wavefunctions, Schrodinger’s Equation in 1- and 3- dimensions, the harmonic oscillator, and the hydrogen atom.

Academic Requirements

See Core  section of this catalog.

Core: 34 - 55 Credit Hours

25-27 Credit Hours

Additional Physics Course Requirements

  • Physics (300,400 level) - Physics Electives (6)

Note: Three credits may be taken from the MAT 300 level courses listed under Major-Related Course Requirements below.

6 Credit Hours

20 Credit Hours

Free Electives

Students in the 3 - 2 engineering option must take a sufficient number of free electives to reach a total of 96 hours at UC. They must transfer 32 hours to UC from their engineering school. Students majoring in physics take sufficient free electives to reach a total of 128 hours at UC and should consult with their adviser on elective courses of particular interest for a specific career path.

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