Physics B.A.

All students must meet the Degree and University Requirements.

All students must meet the Catamount Core Curriculum Requirements.

All students must meet the College Requirements.

Major Requirements

30 credits in major courses, plus 3 credits in ancillary courses, including:

Choose 1 of the following options:8
Option A:
Fundamentals of Physics I
and Fundamentals of Physics II
Option B:
Physics for Engineers I
and Physics for Engineers II
and Physics Problem Solving II
PHYS 2200Classical Mechanics3
PHYS 2500Waves and Quanta4
Choose 1 of the following:3
Experimental Physics I
Experimental Physics II
Choose 1 of the following:3
Electricity & Magnetism
Quantum Mechanics I
Intermediate Level or Above. 6-9 additional credits from the following:6-9
PHYS 2000 to 2989, or 3000 to 3989, or 4000 to 4989
ASTR 2000 to 2989, or ASTR 3000 to 3989, or ASTR 4000 to 4989
Up to 3 additional credits from the following, in any combination:0-3
Internship: PHYS 3991, ASTR 3991
Undergraduate Research: PHYS 2995, PHYS 3995, ASTR 2995, ASTR 3995
Honors: PHYS 4996
Advanced Mathematical Electives. 1 course/3 credits from the folowing:3
Applied Linear Algebra
Linear Algebra
With the approval of the Physics Department, Special Topics courses (x990) in PHYS and ASTR may be counted toward the major.
An additional laboratory science is strongly recommended.


Students completing the B.A. in Physics may not also receive the B.S. in Physics.


Calculus through MATH 2248: Calculus III.

Other Information

In the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), only one course may overlap between a major and a minor or between two CAS majors.

Courses for the major and/or its pre/co-requisites that are cross-listed in the catalog or schedule of courses under another course prefix may be taken under that other prefix and still count for these requirements.

With the approval of the chair/director, courses that applied to the major in previous years but have since been deactivated may be applied to this year’s major requirements if they are reactivated.

For a Bachelor of Arts degree, no more than 45 credits in courses with the same departmental prefix may be used toward completion of the 120 credits required for graduation.

At least half of the credits used to complete major requirements must be taken at the University of Vermont.