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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. The 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

Math Required:


    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.
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

Four-Year Plan

Archived plans are available on Degree Search 2011-2017 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
CHEM 151 (Intro Chem) 4
MATH (Calculus I) 3
ENGL 101 First Year Composition 3
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
2nd Semester
PHYS 141 (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 142 (Thermo, Optics) 4
MATH 223 (Vector Calc) 4
MATH 254 (Intro Diff Eqn) 3
Tier II General Education 3
PHYS 105A (Intro Computing) 1
4th Semester
PHYS 241 (Elec. & Mag.) 4
PHYS 263H (Modern Physics 3
PHYS 204 (Math Meth) 3
Tier II General Education 3
Elective 3
5th Semester
PHYS 305 (Comput Phys) 3
PHYS 321 (Classical Mech) 3
MATH 331 (Intermed E&M I) 3
Tier II General Education 3
Second Language 4
6th Semester
PHYS 332 (Intermed E & M II) 3
PHYS 381 (Advanced Lab I) 2
PHYS 371 (Quantum Theory I) 3
Elective 3
Second Language 4
7th Semester
PHYS 472 (Quantum Theory II) 3
PHYS 426 (Thermo/Stat Mech) 3
PHYS 382 (Advanced Lab II) 2
PHYS Application 3
PHYS Elective 3
8th Semester
Elective 3
PHYS 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

  • 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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