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Bachelor of Science

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The objective of physics is to discover the basic components of matter and the nature of the physical world, and to formulate a mathematical description of the laws that govern their behavior. Physics encompasses concepts applied to problems in geology, biology, chemistry, and other disciplines. A teaching major is also offered, leading to certification to teach in Arizona public schools. A new BA option is designed for students who want to pursue careers in other fields. It allows students to double-major in physics and an unrelated field.

Major Details

College: College of Science
Admissions Requirements:

No Additional Requirements

Website: http://www.physics.arizona.edu/physics/
Math Required:

Substantial

    This strand involves skill and facility with calculus. The S-strand begins at one of two calculus options - MATH 124 (Calculus I with Applications) or MATH 125 (Calculus I). Students who successfully complete the S-strand may continue on to MATH 129 (Calculus II), MATH 223 (Vector Calculus), or beyond. Those who choose but are not ready to begin the S-strand will be required to take preparatory work.
Substantial
Second Language Required:

2 Semesters

  • Scoring the equivalent of second-semester skill level on an entrance or placement examination administered by The University of Arizona.
  • Completion with a C or better of a second semester course at the post-secondary level.
  • An AP (Advanced Placement), IB (International Baccalaureate) or CLEP (College Level Entrance Program) language score determined by the individual language department.
  • In the College of Engineering by a method determined within the College; however, all students in the college must also take a language placement examination on entrance to the University.
2 Semesters
Fees: No
Pre-Major: No
Available at:
  • Main Campus

Four-Year Plan

Archived plans are available on Degree Search 2011-2016 for many degree plans. These are sample plans. Please work with your academic advisor for more specific and up-to-date requirements.

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UA Course Requirements Units
1st Semester
MATH 122A 1
MATH 122B 4
CHEM 151 4
ENGL 101 First Year Composition 3
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
2nd Semester
PHYS 161H Honors Introductory Mechanics 4
MATH 129 Calculus II 3
ENGL 102 First Year Composition 3
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
3rd Semester
PHYS 162H Honors Introductory Optics and Thermodynamics 4
MATH 223 Vector Calculus 4
MATH 254 Intro to Ordinary Differential Equations 3
Tier II General Education 3
PHYS 105A Introduction to Scientific Computing 1
4th Semester
PHYS 261H Honors Introductory Electricity and Magnetism 4
PHYS 263H Honors Introductory Relativity and Quantum Physics 3
PHYS 204 Mathematical Techniques in Physics 3
Tier II General Education 3
Elective 3
5th Semester
PHYS 305 Computational Physics 3
PHYS 321 Theoretical Mechanics I 3
PHYS 331 Electricity and Magnetism I 3
Tier II General Education 3
Elective 3
6th Semester
PHYS 332 Electricity and Magnetism II 3
PHYS 381 Methods in Experimental Physics I 2
PHYS 371 Quantum Theory I 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
7th Semester
PHYS 472 Quantum Theory II 3
PHYS 426 Thermal Physics 3
PHYS 382 Methods of Experimental Physics II 2
PHYS research 3
Elective 3
8th Semester
PHYS Elective 3
PHYS Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3

AZ Transfer Pathways

This page is designed for in-state transfer students who plan to attend the University of Arizona. The information presented lists the most accurate course equivalencies and may not include all possible requirements. Transfer students are strongly encouraged to use this site for reference only and not for self-advising.

Transfer students should work with their community colleges and UA advisors to develop an individualized plan for transfer, and visit aztransfer.com

  • All posted Pathways (except for Bachelor of Applied Science Pathways) fulfill an AGEC and most also fulfill an Associate Degree
  • Following a Pathway does not guarantee admission to the UA nor admission to a college/major/program at the UA
  • Use Pathways in consultation with advisors from your community college and the UA
  • Pathways are subject to change at any time

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