Undergraduate Degree - Physics - Bachelor of Arts

Program:
Physics - Bachelor of Arts
Program Code:
3839 Physics
Program Level:
Undergraduate
Award Type:
Bachelor of Arts
Start Term:
FQ68
Department:
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Relevant Excerpt(s) from Academic Programs:


Excerpt from the official Academic Programs Catalog:

Listed below are the approved requirements for the program from the official Academic Programs Catalog.
Students must consult their advisors to learn which specific requirements apply to their degree programs.
Following this section are the requirements as represented in Degree Navigator, MSU's online advising tool. The Degree Navigator section is only available for programs using Degree Navigator for degree certification.

College of Natural Science

Department of Physics and Astronomy

Undergraduate Programs
Physics - Bachelor of Arts

The Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in physics is provided for those students who wish a physics major combined with a broader education in the liberal arts than the Bachelor of Science degree program permits. This degree program is also suitable for those students who plan to meet the requirements for teacher certification.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Physics

  1. The University requirements for bachelor's degrees as described in the Undergraduate Education section of this catalog; 120 credits, including general elective credits, are required for the Bachelor of Arts degree in Physics.

    The University's Tier II writing requirement for the Physics major is met by completing one of the clusters of courses referenced in item 3. b. (2) below.

    Students who are enrolled in the College of Natural Science may complete the alternative track to Integrative Studies in Biological and Physical Sciences that is described in item 1. under the heading Graduation Requirements in the College statement.  Certain courses referenced in requirement 3. below may be used to satisfy the alternative track.
  2. The requirements of the College of Natural Science for the Bachelor of Arts degree.

    The credits earned in certain courses referenced in requirement 3. below may be counted toward College requirements as appropriate.
  3. The following requirements for the major:
                   
    a. The following courses outside the Department of Physics and Astronomy (25 or 26 credits):
    (1) One of the following courses (3 or 4 credits):
    BS 110 Organisms and Populations 4
    BS 111 Cells and Molecules 3
    ENT 205 Pests, Society and Environment 3
    MMG 205 Allied Health Microbiology 3
    PLB 105 Plant Biology 3
    PSL 250 Introductory Physiology 4
    ZOL 141 Introductory Human Genetics 3
    (2) One of the following courses (4 credits):
    CEM 141 General Chemistry 4
    CEM 151 General and Descriptive Chemistry 4
    (3) All of the following courses (18 credits):
    CEM 161 Chemistry Laboratory I 1
    MTH 132 Calculus I 3
    MTH 133 Calculus II 4
    MTH 234 Multivariable Calculus 4
    MTH 235 Differential Equations 3
    One Mathematics course at the 300 level or above of at least 3 credits.
    b. The following courses in the Department of Physics and Astronomy (27 to 32 credits):
    (1) All of the following courses (8 credits):
    PHY 191 Physics Laboratory for Scientists, I 1
    PHY 192 Physics Laboratory for Scientists, II 1
    PHY 321 Classical Mechanics I 3
    PHY 410 Thermal and Statistical Physics 3
    (2)  One of the following clusters of courses (4 to 6 credits):
    (a) Thesis cluster:
    PHY 390 Physics Journal Seminar 1
    PHY 490 Senior Thesis 3
    (b) Lecture course cluster:
    PHY 491 Atomic, Molecular, and Condensed Matter Physics 3
    PHY 492 Nuclear and Elementary Particle Physics 3
    (3) One of the following courses (3 or 4 credits):
    PHY 183 Physics for Scientists and Engineers I 4
    PHY 183B Physics for Scientists and Engineers I 4
    PHY 193H Honors Physics I—Mechanics 3
    (4) One of the following courses (3 or 4 credits):
    PHY 184 Physics for Scientists and Engineers II 4
    PHY 184B Physics for Scientists and Engineers II 4
    PHY 294H Honors Physics II—Electromagnetism 3
    (5) One of the following courses (3 credits):
    PHY 215 Thermodynamics and Modern Physics 3
    PHY 215B Thermodynamics and Modern Physics 3
    (6) One of the following courses (3 or 4 credits):
    PHY  431 Optics I 3
    PHY  440 Electronics 4
    (7) One of the following courses (3 credits):
    PHY 471 Quantum Physics I 3
    PHY 481 Electricity and Magnetism I 3
    The completion of Physics 390 and 490 or Physics 491 and 492, fulfills the department's capstone course requirement.

 


Degree Requirements from Degree Navigator.

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Physics, BA (3839)

Required Credits: 120    Program Version: FS16

Requirement 1: University Tier I Writing
University Tier I Writing: 1 course from WRA101, WRA195H, LB133, MC111, MC112, RCAH111

Requirement 2: University Mathematics
University Mathematics: The required number of courses from 1 of the following sets of courses
MTH2: 1 course
At least 1 course from LB118, MTH110, MTH116, MTHRQMT, MTHWAIV1, MTHWAIV2, Mathematics Pre-Matriculation, Mathematics Post-Matriculation
MTH1: 2 courses
At least 1 course from MTH103, MTH103WAIV
At least 1 course from MTH112, MTH114, MTH124, MTH132, MTH152H, MTH201, STT200, STT201

Requirement 3: University IAH201 - IAH210
University IAH201 - IAH210: 4 credits from IAH201, IAH202, IAH203, IAH204, IAH205, IAH206, IAH207, IAH208, IAH209, IAH210, RCAH201, ANY IAH BELOW 211

Requirement 4: University IAH211 or higher
University IAH211 or higher: 4 credits from IAH211A, IAH211B, IAH211C, IAH211D, IAH221A, IAH221B, IAH221C, IAH231A, IAH231B, IAH231C, IAH241A, IAH241B, IAH241C, IAH241D, IAH241E, IAH241F, IAH241G, RCAH202, TRANSFER IAH, ANY IAH211 OR HIGHER, approved LB courses

Requirement 5: University ISS200 Series
University ISS200 Series: 4 credits from ISS210, ISS215, ISS220, ISS225, ISS230, ISS235, MC201, TRANSFER ISS 200 LEVEL, ANY ISS 200 LEVEL

Requirement 6: University ISS300 Series
University ISS300 Series: 4 credits from ISS305, ISS308, ISS310, ISS315, ISS318, ISS320, ISS325, ISS327, ISS328, ISS330A, ISS330B, ISS330C, ISS335, ISS336, MC202, ANY ISS 300 LEVEL, approved LB courses

Requirement 7: University ISB
University ISB: 3 credits from ISB200, ISB201, ISB202, ISB204, TRANSFER ISB, ISB ALTERNATIVE TRACK, ANY 3 CREDIT ISB COURSE

Requirement 8: University ISP
University ISP: 3 credits from ISP203A, ISP203B, ISP205, ISP207, ISP209, ISP213H, ISP215, ISP217, ISP220, ISP221, TRANSFER ISP, ISP ALTERNATIVE TRACK, ANY 3 CREDIT ISP COURSE

Requirement 9: University Laboratory Experience
University Laboratory Experience: The required number of credits from 1 of the following sets of courses
Univ Lab: 2 credits
At least 2 credits from ISB201L, ISB208L, ISP203L, ISP205L, ISP207L, ISP209L, ISP217L, ANY 2 CREDIT ISB/ISP LAB, LAB EXPERIENCE ALTERNATIVE TRACK, TRANSFER LAB
Alternative: 2 credits
At least 1 credit from ISB201L, ISB208L, ISP203L, ISP205L, ISP207L, ISP209L, ISP217L, ANY 2 CREDIT ISB/ISP LAB, LAB EXPERIENCE ALTERNATIVE TRACK, TRANSFER LAB
At least 1 credit from an Alternative Track Lab credit

Requirement 10: University Diversity Distribution
University Diversity Distribution: A total 2 courses
At least 1 course from NationalIAH or ISS courses emphasizing national diversity or both national diversity and international and multicultural diversity
At least 1 course from InternationalIAH or ISS courses emphasizing international and multicultural diversity or both national diversity and international and multicultural diversity
Conditions:
University Diversity Distribution: No more than 1 course from IAH or ISS emphasizing both national diversity and international and multicultural diversity in Requirement(s) 10

Requirement 11: Major - Physics - Biology, Physiology or Genetics
Major - Physics - Biology, Physiology or Genetics: 1 course from BS110, BS111, ENT205, MMG205, PLB105, PSL250, ZOL141

Requirement 12: Major - Physics - Chemistry Pair
Major - Physics - Chemistry Pair: 1 course from CEM141, CEM151

Requirement 13: Major - Physics - Chemistry Laboratory
Major - Physics - Chemistry Laboratory: 1 course from CEM161

Requirement 14: Major - Physics - Calculus I and II
Major - Physics - Calculus I and II: 2 courses from MTH132, MTH133

Requirement 15: Major - Physics - Multivariable Calculus
Major - Physics - Multivariable Calculus: 1 course from MTH234

Requirement 16: Major - Physics - Differential Equations
Major - Physics - Differential Equations: 1 course from MTH235

Requirement 17: Major - Physics - Upper Level Mathematic Electives
Major - Physics - Upper Level Mathematic Electives: 3 credits from Mathematics courses at the level of 300 or above

Requirement 18: Major - Physics - Physics Lab for Scientists I and II
Major - Physics - Physics Lab for Scientists I and II: 2 courses from PHY191, PHY192

Requirement 19: Major - Physics - Classical Mechanics
Major - Physics - Classical Mechanics: 1 course from PHY321

Requirement 20: Major - Physics - Thermal and Statistical
Major - Physics - Thermal and Statistical: 1 course from PHY410

Requirement 21: Major - Physics - Capstone Cluster
Major - Physics - Capstone Cluster: A total 2 courses from 1 of the following sets of courses
Thesis Cluster: Thesis Cluster -PHY390, PHY490
Lecture Cluster: Lecture Cluster -PHY491, PHY492

Requirement 22: Major - Physics - Physics Sequence I
Major - Physics - Physics Sequence I: 1 course from PHY183, PHY183B, PHY193H

Requirement 23: Major - Physics - Physics Sequence II
Major - Physics - Physics Sequence II: 1 course from PHY184, PHY184B, PHY294H

Requirement 24: Major - Physics - Thermodynamics and Modern Physics
Major - Physics - Thermodynamics and Modern Physics: 1 course from PHY215, PHY215B

Requirement 25: Major - Physics - Optics or Electronics
Major - Physics - Optics or Electronics: 1 course from PHY431, PHY440

Requirement 26: Major - Physics - Quantum Physics or Electricity and Magnetism
Major - Physics - Quantum Physics or Electricity and Magnetism: 1 course from PHY471, PHY481

Requirement 27: College - Natural Science - Arts and Letters or Social Science
College - Natural Science - Arts and Letters or Social Science: 6 credits from courses in the arts and humanities or the social, behavioral and economic sciences beyond the credits that are counted toward the University's Integrative Studies requirement.

Requirement 28: College Distribution
College Distribution: 30 credits from courses numbered at the 300 and 400 levels. See academic advisor.

Requirement 29: Electives
Electives: 0 credits from Electives at Michigan State University and transfer coursework. This number can change based on the credits of the coursework taken to fulfill University, College, and Major requirements. Please contact your academic advisor with any questions.

Requirement 30: University Residency
University Residency: 30 credits from MSU coursework, 27 credits from MSU courses taken after reaching junior standing, 20 credits from courses offered by MSU while admitted to major & 20 of the last 30 credits must be MSU courses. Please see academic advisor.