Oct 04, 2022  
2022 Undergraduate Catalog 1.2 (SUMMER-FALL) 
    
2022 Undergraduate Catalog 1.2 (SUMMER-FALL)

Physics (B.A.) - Hegis Code 1902.00


(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: 120

Learning Objectives

BA students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a conceptual, theoretical and practical understanding (including hands-on work) in Classical Mechanics;  
  • Demonstrate a conceptual, theoretical and practical understanding (including hands-on work) in Electricity and Magnetism;  
  • Demonstrate a conceptual, theoretical and practical understanding (including hands-on work) in Quantum and Modern Physics.

Academic Requirements


Core/General Education: 34 - 55 Credit Hours


Effective for the 2022-2023 academic year, Utica University has implemented a new general education program that replaces Core. Students who are admitted, or readmitted, for the 2022- 2023 academic year or later must follow the requirements of the General Education program. Students admitted prior to the 2022-2023 academic year must follow the requirements of the Core program. For full details of program requirements, see the catalog pages for the Core program and the General Education program. Students with specific questions should consult with their academic adviser or success coach.

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 majoring in Physics take a sufficient number of free electives to reach a total of 120 hours at Utica University and should consult with their advisor on elective courses of particular interest for a specific career path.

Program Credits


Core/General Education 34-55 Credits
Major Course Requirements 31-33 Credits
Major Related Course Requirements 20 Credits
College Electives 12-35 Credits
   
Total Credit Hours Required For Degree 120 Credits