The liberal arts emphasis in physics is often seen as the best option for students planning to earn an advanced degree in physics, but is also excellent preparation for a broad range of careers in industry and business. In addition, this degree is ideal for pre-medical, pre-dental, or pre-veterinary students, and students seeking double majors.
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A big part of your success as a Blugold will rely on faulty and academic advisors throughout the course of your studies. These are the folks who will help you navigate the waters of selecting or changing your major, making course selections and registering. However, you can get a very good idea about the basics of this physics degree with the following documents.
Suggested freshman curriculum
You may not be quite ready to declare a major as a freshman, and that’s pretty common. The physics department has a set of suggested classes for freshmen that will serve as a great start toward a physics degree should you go that route later on.
- University writing requirement — depending on placement exam
- Precalculus Math or Calculus I
- General Chemistry
- Calculus II
- University Physics I
- Intro to Computer Programming
- Social sciences or humanities course
It's an obvious fit for pairing with another science or mathematics discipline, but areas like science journalism and business management in a technology-based industry also find a tremendous need for individuals with experience in both scientific methods and analytical problem-solving.
Liberal arts minor
24 credits of physics, including:
University Physics I, II & III
11 additional credits in physics
Additionally, Math 215 is required.