The Bachelor of Arts with a major in physics requires a minimum of 120 s.h., including at least 44 s.h. of work for the major (minimum of 24 s.h. in physics plus 20 s.h. in supporting coursework). Students must maintain a g.p.a. of at least 2.00 in all courses for the major and in all UI courses for the major. A cumulative g.p.a. of at least 2.00 is required for graduation. Students must also complete the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences GE CLAS Core.

The major is designed for students who wish to build a foundation of knowledge in physics but do not plan a research-oriented career in the discipline. The B.A. program requires fewer physics courses than the B.S. program does, giving students a wider choice of electives. The B.A. program also is good preparation for students interested in secondary school science teaching; see "Teacher Licensure" below.

Listed below are the general categories of coursework required to earn the degree; for more specific information on courses, curriculum, and requirements of the Bachelor of Arts in physics, visit the UI General Catalog.

Degree Requirements
Title Hours
Mathematics Courses 8
Physics Courses 15-19
Elective Physics Courses 9-10
Supporting Coursework 12
Total Hours 44-49

Double Major in Physics and Astronomy

Students working toward a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in physics and in astronomy must complete all requirements for both majors and must earn a minimum of 56 s.h. outside the Department of Physics and Astronomy in order to graduate. Students interested in earning a double major should consult with their advisors. See Requirements for a Bachelor's Degree on the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences website.

Dual Degrees in Physics and Engineering

Qualified students who are interested in both Physics and Engineering may wish to pursue a dual degree option leading to both a Bachelor of Arts in physics and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering in one of several engineering disciplines (Civil and Environmental, Electrical and Computer, Industrial and Systems, and Mechanical Engineering). The dual degree program may be started from either the Physics major or from an Engineering major. The program can usually be completed in 5 years (or less), depending on individual circumstances.

Physics Pre-Medicine Curriculum

If you are interested in Physics, but intend to go to Medical or Dental School after graduation, the Physics Department can accommodate your needs. The Bachelor of Arts in physics offers enough flexibility in scheduling for a student to satisfy both the physics major B.A. requirements and the Pre-Med curriculum requirements. Our graduates have a good record of success in gaining admission to medical school. Please contact Professor Jane Nachtman for more information.

Teacher Licensure

Students interested in teaching in elementary and/or secondary schools should seek admission to the Teacher Education Program (TEP) in the College of Education.

To qualify for licensure in secondary teaching, students in the TEP complete a degree in education as well as a related College of Liberal Arts and Sciences degree. See Teacher Education Program Application and Admission on the College of Education website for details on requirements and deadlines for applying to the College of Education and about TEP choices of majors leading to licensure.