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28-hour B.A. in Physics

This degree offers a broad background in basic physics to students pursuing a second major or minor in any discipline, including arts, humanities, and social sciences.

In addition to completing the required courses, students are encouraged to take advantage of any of the many research opportunities available at Valpo.


B.A. students in physics at Valpo must complete the general-education requirements for the B.A. This University-wide core strengthens communication and critical-thinking skills while introducing the student to global cultures and traditions. General-education requirements for the B.A. (.pdf) ยป

Requirements for the Major

The following courses constitute the minimum 28 credits required for the major.

It is assumed that students will acquire competency in at least one computer programming language (FORTRAN, C, C++).

Core Courses 28 credits
PHYS 141 Newtonian Mechanics 3 credits
PHYS 141L Experimental Physics I 1 credit
PHYS 142 Physics: Electricity, Magnetism, and Waves 3 credits
PHYS 142L Experimental Physics II 1 credit
PHYS 243 Physics: Atoms and Nuclei 3 credits
PHYS 245 Experimental Physics III 1 credit
PHYS 246 Data Reduction and Error Analysis 1 credit
PHYS 250 Mechanics 3 credits
PHYS 281 Electricity and Electronics 3 credits
PHYS 345 Experimental Physics IV 1 credit
PHYS 360 Thermal Physics 3 credits
PHYS 371 Electromagnetic Fields 3 credits
PHYS 445 Senior Research in Physics
(With departmental approval, PHYS 481-483 or PHYS 497 may be substituted.)
2 credits
PHYS 499 Physics and Astronomy Colloquium 0 credits
TOTAL 28 credits
Additional Recommended Courses:

  • One year of chemistry
  • PHYS 490, The Scientific Endeavor (3 credits)