Physics Undergraduate Program

Physics B.A. Requirements

KU Core requirements not met by major requirements (~24 credits or equivalent experiences)

Estimated Hours

Goal 2

Written (2 units) and Oral Communication  (1 unit)

9

Goal 3A 3B

Fundamental knowledge in Humanities, Social Sciences (1 unit each area)

6

Goal 4

Human Diversity and Cultural Understanding and Global Awareness (2 units)

6

Goal 5

Social responsibility and ethical behavior  ( 1 unit)

3

Goals 1 & 3C

Met by foundational courses in mathematics and physics

 

CLAS BA requirements not met by major requirements:

Hours

Foreign Language

Fourth semester proficiency or 3rd semester proficiency plus one semester of another foreign language

 

16

Writing Courses

Credit (not exemption) for TWO writing courses:

  • If  not exempt from ENGL 101 due to ACT/SAT score, then this is fulfilled by completing ENGL 101 AND ENGL 102
  • If exempt from ENGL 101 due to ACT/SAT score, then this is fulfilled by completing ENGL 102/105 AND ENGL 203/205/211 or other Goal 2.1 approved course.

6

Foundational Physics & Mathematics  (19.5 credits)

Hours

PHSX 150

Seminar in Physics, Astronomy & Engineering Physics

0.5

PHSX 211 or 213

General Physics I (213 is honors/majors equivalent, 5 credits includes lab)

4

PHSX 212 or 214

General Physics II (214 is honors/majors equivalent, 4 credits includes lab)

3

PHSX 216

General Physics I Laboratory

1

PHSX 236

General Physics II Laboratory

1

MATH 125

Calculus I

5

MATH 126

Calculus II

5

Advanced Physics requirements for major (20 credits, all jr/sr)

Hours

PHSX 313

General Physics III

3

PHSX 316

Intermediate Physics Lab (take with or after PHSX 313)

1

PHSX 511

Intro. Quantum Mechanics

3

PHSX 521

Mechanics I

3

PHSX 531

Electricity & Magnetism

3

PHSX 536

Electronic Circuit Measurement & Design

4

PHSX elective

Any physics lecture or laboratory course numbered 500 or higher

3

Advanced Mathematics requirements for major (8 credits, 0 to 3 at jr/sr level)

Hours

MATH 127

Vector Calculus

3

MATH 290

Elementary Linear Algebra

2

MATH 220 or 320

Elementary Differential Equations; MATH 320 is recommended for physics & astronomy majors

3

Additional Notes:

  • Students may satisfy the Integrative Knowledge (Goal 6) KU Core requirement by
    • satisfying requirements for more than one major or a major and minor combination
    • taking PHSX 601 as the elective
    • satisfying requirements for Research Experience Certification
  • 120 credits are required for graduation, of which 45 must be at junior/senior level (courses numbered 300 or higher). Specific requirements for this major comprise 109.5 credit hours, including 20 jr/sr credit hours (increased by 3 if MATH 320 is taken).  Students must take 22 to 25 additional hours as electives at the jr/sr level to satisfy this regents’ requirement.
  • The department also offers a Bachelor of Arts in Computational Physics.  These requirements are listed in the Undergraduate Catalog of the University.

 

With a few modifications, students earning a bachelor of arts in physics may qualify for licensure to teach secondary physics at the time they graduate by following the UKanTeach curriculum.  UKanTeach adds several pedagogic and a few general education requirements but is otherwise indistinguishable from other  physics degrees, so students may feel equally well prepared for education, further research or study. 

 

All content and education-related courses used to fulfill licensure requirements must be taken on a letter-grade basis. 
 

Other requirements specific to completing the UKanTeach program for a secondary teaching license in physics are:

Professional Development Coursework Requirements: A minimum grade of C is required in all courses.

27

Liberal Arts & Sciences

LA&S 290 Approaches to Teaching Science and Math I

1

 

LA&S 291 Approaches to Teaching Science and Math II

1

Curriculum & Teaching

C&T 360 Knowing and Learning in Science & Mathematics

3

 

C&T 366 Classroom Interactions in Science & Mathematics

3

 

C&T 448 Reading and Writing across the Curriculum

3

 

C&T 460 Project-Based Instruction

3

 

C&T 500 Student Teaching (6 hours) Requires a 2.5 cumulative GPA in major and overall.)

6

 

C&T 598 Special Topics Seminar

1

Research Methods

CHEM 598 or Equivalent course /experience approved by UKanTeach in Major Field of Study

3

History of Science

History of Science course approved by UKanTeach

3


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