Degree Requirements

Requirements for the B.A. Major in Physics

Bachelor of Arts in Physics Major Course Requirements

Physics Prerequisite or Co-requisite Knowledge. Majors must complete courses as specified in each of the following areas. Majors are advised to take honors courses when eligible. These hours do not contribute to the minimum number of hours required for the major.

Physics Core Knowledge and Skills. Majors must complete a course in each of the following areas:

  • Seminar in Physics, Astronomy, & Engineering Physics. Satisfied by PHSX 150.
  • General Physics I. Satisfied by PHSX 211 and PHSX 216 or PHSX 213.
  • General Physics II. Satisfied by PHSX 212 and PHSX 236 or PHSX 214.
  • General Physics III. Satisfied by PHSX 313.
  • Intermediate Physics Lab. Satisfied by PHSX 316.
  • Introductory Quantum Mechanics. Satisfied by PHSX 511.
  • Mechanics I. Satisfied by PHSX 521.
  • Electricity and Magnetism. Satisfied by: PHXS 531
  • Electronic Circuit Measurement and Design. Satisfied by PHXS 536.
  • Physics Required Elective. Satisfied by any lecture or laboratory course numbered 500 or higher.

Physics Major Hours & Major GPA

While completing all required courses (above), majors must also meet each of the following hour and grade-point average minimum standards:

Major Hours
Satisfied by 30 hours of major courses.

Major Hours in Residence
Satisfied by a minimum of 15 hours of KU resident credit in the major. 

Major Junior/Senior (300+) Hours
Satisfied by a minimum of 12 hours from junior/senior courses (300+) in the major.

Major Junior/Senior (300+) Graduation GPA
Satisfied by a minimum of a 2.0 KU GPA in junior/senior courses (300+) in the major. GPA calculations include all junior/senior courses in the field of study including F’s and repeated courses. See the Semester/Cumulative GPA Calculator.

Concentration in Computational Physics

Physics Prerequisite or Co-requisite Knowledge. Majors must complete courses as specified in each of the following areas. Majors are advised to take honors courses when eligible. These hours do not contribute to the minimum number of hours required for the major. 

  • Programming I. Satisfied by EECS 168.
  • Programming II. Satisfied by EECS 268.
  • Elementary Linear Algebra. Satisfied by MATH 290.
  • Elementary or Applied Differential Equations. Satisfied by MATH 220 or MATH 320.
  • Foundations of Chemistry I. Satisfied by CHEM 130.
  • Principles of Biology. Satisfied by BIOL 100.
  • Introduction to Symbolic Logic. Satisfied by PHIL 310.
  • Economics. Satisfied by ECON 142 or ECON 144.

 *CHEM 130, PHIL 310, ECON 142 or ECON 144, and BIOL 100 should be taken to fulfill B.A. general education requirements.

Physics Core Knowledge and Skills. Majors must complete a course in each of the following areas: 

  • Seminar in Physics, Astronomy, and Engineering Physics. Satisfied by PHSX 150.
  • General Physics I. Satisfied by PHSX 211 and PHSX 216 or PHSX 213.
  • General Physics II. Satisfied by PHSX 212 and PHSX 236 or PHSX 214.
  • General Physics III and Intermediate Physics Laboratory. Satisfied by PHSX 313 and PHSX 316.
  • Mechanics I. Satisfied by PHSX 521.
  • Electricity and Magnetism. Satisfied by PHXS 531.
  • Electronic Circuit Measurement and Design. Satisfied by PHSX 536.
  • Special Problems. Satisfied by PHSX 500.
  • Numerical and Computational Methods in Physics. Satisfied by PHSX 615.

Physics Major Hours & Major GPA

While completing all required courses (above), majors must also meet each of the following hour and grade-point average minimum standards:

Major Hours
Satisfied by 31.5 hours of major courses.

Major Hours in Residence
Satisfied by a minimum of 15 hours of KU resident credit in the major. 

Major Junior/Senior (300+) Hours
Satisfied by a minimum of 12 hours from junior/senior courses (300+) in the major.

Major Junior/Senior (300+) Graduation GPA
Satisfied by a minimum of a 2.0 KU GPA in junior/senior courses (300+) in the major. GPA calculations include all junior/senior courses in the field of study including F’s and repeated courses. See the Semester/Cumulative GPA Calculator.

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Contact Info

Department of Physics and Astronomy

Malott Hall
1251 Wescoe Hall Drive, Room 1082
Lawrence, KS 66045-7572
785-864-4626
http://www.physics.ku.edu/
Stephen J. Sanders, Chair
785-864-4626
Philip S. Baringer, Associate Chair
785-864-4626

Department of Physics and Astronomy

Malott Hall
1251 Wescoe Hall Drive, Room 1082
Lawrence, KS 66045-7572
785-864-4626
http://www.physics.ku.edu/
Stephen J. Sanders, Chair
785-864-4626
Philip S. Baringer, Associate Chair
785-864-4626

Department of Physics and Astronomy

Malott Hall
1251 Wescoe Hall Drive, Room 6070A
Lawrence, KS 66045-7572
785-864-4626
http://www.physics.ku.edu/
Hume Feldman, Director of Graduate Studies
785-864-4740
Gregory Rudnick, Graduate Advisor
785-864-4626
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