# Bachelor of Arts in Physics

The Bachelor of Arts in Physics curriculum introduces students to the study of matter and energy, including their nature and properties. Students learn theoretical and experimental approaches including Newtonian mechanics, oscillations, and waves, bulk properties of matter and thermodynamics. Upper-level courses focus modern, environmental and theoretical physics, materials science, electricity and magnetism, thermodynamics and statistical mechanics, radiation science, analog and digital electronics. At all levels, physics courses combine lectures and labs, and majors gain hands-on experience using advanced instruments and computing systems, gaining the skills necessary for successful research and industry careers.

## Requirements

**Physics I.**One (1) course:- PHYS-P 201 General Physics I
- PHYS-P 221 Physics I
- PHYS-H 221 Honors Physics I

# PHYS-P 201 General Physics I

- Credits
- 5
- Prerequisites
- None
- Notes
- R: Mastery of high school trigonometry; or MATH-M 026
- Description
- Newtonian mechanics, wave motion, heat, and thermodynamics. Application of physical principles to related scientific disciplines, especially life sciences. Intended for students preparing for careers in the life sciences and the health professions. Three lectures, one discussion section, and one two-hour laboratory period each week.
- Repeatability
- Credit given for only one of PHYS-H 221, PHYS-P 201, or PHYS-P 221.

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# PHYS-P 221 Physics I

- Credits
- 5
- Prerequisites
- None
- Corequisites
- MATH-M 211 or consent of instructor
- Notes
- First semester of a three-semester, calculus-based sequence intended for science majors. Three lectures, two discussion sections, and one 2-hour lab each week. Physics majors are encouraged to take PHYS-P 221 in the fall semester of the freshman year
- Description
- Newtonian mechanics, oscillations and waves, heat and thermodynamics.
- Repeatability
- Credit given for only one of PHYS-H 221, PHYS-P 201, or PHYS-P 221.

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# PHYS-H 221 Honors Physics I

- Credits
- 5
- Prerequisites
- Consent of department
- Notes
- P or C: MATH-M 211 or equivalent
- Description
- First semester of a calculus-based sequence in introductory physics, intended primarily for highly motivated and well prepared students. Covers the material of P221 and supplementary topics. Course fee required.
- Repeatability
- Credit given for only one of PHYS-H 221, PHYS-P 201, or PHYS-P 221.

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**Physics II.**One (1) course:- PHYS-P 202 General Physics II
- PHYS-P 222 Physics II
- PHYS-H 222 Honors Physics II

# PHYS-P 202 General Physics II

- Credits
- 5
- Prerequisites
- PHYS-H 221, PHYS-P 201, PHYS-P 221, or high school equivalent
- Notes
- Three lectures, one discussion section, and one two-hour laboratory period each week
- Description
- Electricity and magnetism; geometrical and physical optics; introduction to concepts of relativity, quantum theory, and atomic and nuclear physics.
- Repeatability
- Credit given for only one of PHYS-H 222, PHYS-P 202, or PHYS-P 222.

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# PHYS-P 222 Physics II

- Credits
- 5
- Prerequisites
- PHYS-H 221 or PHYS-P 221; or PHYS-P 201 and consent of instructor
- Corequisites
- MATH-M 212 or consent of instructor
- Notes
- Second semester of a three-semester, calculus-based sequence intended for science majors.Three lectures, two discussion sections, and one 2-hour lab each week. Physics majors are encouraged to take PHYS-P 222 in the spring semester of the freshman year
- Description
- Primarily electricity, magnetism, and geometrical and physical optics.
- Repeatability
- Credit given for only one of PHYS-H 222, PHYS-P 202, or PHYS-P 222.

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# PHYS-H 222 Honors Physics II

- Credits
- 5
- Prerequisites
- PHYS-H 221; or PHYS-P 221 and consent of department
- Description
- Second semester of a calculus-based sequence in introductory physics, intended primarily for highly motivated and well prepared students. Covers the material of PHYS-P 222 and supplementary topics. Course fee required.
- Repeatability
- Credit given for only one of PHYS-H 222, PHYS-P 202, or PHYS-P 222.

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**Physics III.**One (1) course:- PHYS-P 301 Physics III

# PHYS-P 301 Physics III

- Credits
- 3
- Prerequisites
- PHYS-H 222 or PHYS-P 222; or PHYS-P 202 and consent of instructor
- Notes
- Third semester of a three-semester, calculus-based sequence.Intended for science and mathematics majors. Three lecture-discussion periods each week
- Description
- Special theory of relativity; introduction to quantum physics; atomic, nuclear, condensed matter, and elementary particle physics.

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**Electives.**Additional courses, as needed, to fulfill remaining requirements:- Any PHYS-P 300–399 except
*PHYS-P 301* - Any PHYS-P 400–499

- Any PHYS-P 300–399 except
**Addenda Requirements*.****Calculus I.**One (1) course:- MATH-M 211 Calculus I
- MATH-S 211

# MATH-M 211 Calculus I

- Credits
- 4
- Prerequisites
- None
- Notes
- R: To be successful, students will demonstrate mastery of two years of high school algebra, one year of high school geometry, and pre-calculus, and trigonometry as indicated by an appropriate ALEKS score or completion of MATH-M 027
- Description
- Limits, continuity, derivatives, definite and indefinite integrals, applications.
- Repeatability
- A student may receive credit for only one of the following: MATH-J 113, MATH-M 119, MATH-V 119, MATH-M 211, or MATH-S 211.

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**Calculus II.**One (1) course:- MATH-M 212 Calculus II
- MATH-S 212 Honors Calculus II

# MATH-M 212 Calculus II

- Credits
- 4
- Prerequisites
- MATH-M 211 or MATH-S 211; or consent of department
- Description
- Techniques of integration (by parts, trigonometric substitutions, partial fractions), improper integrals, volume, work, arc length, surface area, infinite series.
- Repeatability
- Credit given for only one of MATH-M 120 or MATH-M 212.

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# MATH-S 212 Honors Calculus II

- Credits
- 4
- Prerequisites
- MATH-S 211 or consent of department
- Description
- Includes material of MATH-M 212 and supplemental topics. Designed for students of outstanding ability in mathematics.
- Repeatability
- Credit given for only one of MATH-M 120, MATH-M 212, or MATH-S 212.

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**Introduction to Differential Equations with Applications I.**One (1) course:- MATH-M 343
- MATH-S 343 Honors Course in Differential Equations

# MATH-S 343 Honors Course in Differential Equations

- Credits
- 3
- Prerequisites
- MATH-S 212 or consent of instructor
- Description
- Introduction, with historical examples, first order ordinary differential equations (ODEs) and applications, second order linear ODEs, linear ODEs of higher order, series solutions to linear ODEs, and numerical methods for ODEs. In addition, some theoretical aspects will be studied in detail such as the Picard existence/uniqueness theorem for initial-value problems, convergence of series solutions, and the matrix exponential exp(tA).

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**Major GPA, Hours, and Minimum Grade Requirements.****Major GPA.**A GPA of at least 2.000 for all courses taken in the major—including those where a grade lower than C- is earned—is required.**Major Minimum Grade.**Except for the GPA requirement, a grade of C- or higher is required for a course to count toward a requirement in the major.**Major Upper Division Credit Hours.**At least 18 credit hours in the major must be completed at the 300–499 level.**Major Residency.**At least 18 credit hours in the major must be completed in courses taken through the Indiana University Bloomington campus or an IU-administered or IU co-sponsored Overseas Study program.**College Breadth.**At least 58 credit hours must be completed in courses from College of Arts and Sciences disciplines outside of the major area.

##### Major Area Courses

Unless otherwise noted below, the following courses are considered in the academic program and will count toward academic program requirements as appropriate:

- Any course at the 100–499 level with the
`PHYS`

subject area prefix—as well as any other subject areas that are deemed functionally equivalent - Any course contained on the course lists for the academic program requirements at the time the course is taken—as well as any other courses that are deemed functionally equivalent—except for those listed only under Addenda Requirements
- Any course directed to a non-Addenda requirement through an approved exception

##### Exclusions

The following courses cannot be applied toward major requirements or the College Breadth requirement:

- PHYS-E 250
- PHYS-P 101 Physics in the Modern World
- PHYS-P 105 Basic Physics of Sound
- PHYS-P 108 Audio Technology Acoustics Laboratory
- PHYS-P 109 Introductory Acoustics Laboratory
- PHYS-P 110 Energy
- PHYS-P 111 Physics of Extraterrestrial Life
- PHYS-P 120 Energy and Technology
- PHYS-P 125 Energy in the 21st Century
- PHYS-P 133 Physics for Future Leaders
- PHYS-P 150 How Things Work
- PHYS-P 151 21st Century Physics
- PHYS-P 199 Physical Science through Inquiry
- PHYS-Q 202

# PHYS-P 101 Physics in the Modern World

- Credits
- 4
- Prerequisites
- None
- Description
- Three lectures and one two-hour laboratory period each week. Includes elements of classical physics and the ideas, language, and impact of physics today.

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# PHYS-P 105 Basic Physics of Sound

- Credits
- 3
- Prerequisites
- None
- Description
- Physical principles involved in the description, generation, and reproduction of sound. Topics include physics of vibrations and waves, propagation, Fourier decomposition of complex wave forms, harmonic spectra, standing waves and resonance, sound loudness and decibels, room acoustics, analog/digital recording/ reproduction. For interested students, PHYS-P 109 is an optional companion laboratory course.

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# PHYS-P 108 Audio Technology Acoustics Laboratory

- Credits
- 2
- Prerequisites
- None
- Notes
- P or C: PHYS-P 105 or consent of instructor
- Description
- For audio technology and telecommunications majors. Provides in-depth investigation of vibrating systems, wave phenomena, interference, complex wave synthesis, analysis, resonance, transducers. Study of analog, digital electronic circuits, amplifiers, oscillators, band pass filters, digital sound. Provides instrumentation experience, oscilloscopes, function generators, spectrum analyses.
- Repeatability
- Credit given for only one of PHYS-P 108 or PHYS-P 109.

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# PHYS-P 109 Introductory Acoustics Laboratory

- Credits
- 2
- Prerequisites
- None
- Notes
- P or C: PHYS-P 105, SPHS-S 302, or consent of instructor
- Description
- Laboratory experiments investigating properties of vibrating systems and waves, standing waves and resonances, filtering, analysis and synthesis of complex sounds, formants and speech recognition, and transducers for sound.
- Repeatability
- Credit given for only one of PHYS-P 108 or PHYS-P 109.

# PHYS-P 110 Energy

- Credits
- 2
- Prerequisites
- None
- Description
- A scientific approach is used to examine various aspects of energy consumption, including demand, fuel supplies, environmental impact, and alternative fuel sources.
- Repeatability
- Credit given for only one of PHYS-P 110 or PHYS-P 120.

# PHYS-P 111 Physics of Extraterrestrial Life

- Credits
- 3
- Prerequisites
- None
- Description
- Physical basis of search for extraterrestrial life. Origin of Universe, solar system, life, and man. Comets, asteroids, and impact of Shoemaker Levy-9 with Jupiter. Probable cause of death of dinosaurs, exploration of Mars and Europa. Discovery of extrasolar planets. Radio searches for extraterrestrial intelligence.

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# PHYS-P 120 Energy and Technology

- Credits
- 3
- Prerequisites
- None
- Description
- Provides physical basis for understanding the interaction of technology and society, and for solution of problems, such as energy use and the direction of technological change.
- Repeatability
- Credit given for only one of PHYS-P 110 or PHYS-P 120.

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# PHYS-P 125 Energy in the 21st Century

- Credits
- 3
- Prerequisites
- None
- Description
- Examination of how physical science applies to our present sources and uses of energy, our alternatives to fossil fuels, and how to plan for long-term future energy needs.

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# PHYS-P 133 Physics for Future Leaders

- Credits
- 3
- Prerequisites
- None
- Description
- Physics developments have led to technologies such as the internet and cell phones. This course introduces physics concepts and fields of research and future developments they may enable and provides a foundation to evaluate the technological, economic, and societal impacts of such developments. Designed primarily for students in non-science fields.

# PHYS-P 150 How Things Work

- Credits
- 3
- Prerequisites
- None
- Description
- An exploration of the physics involved in our technology; the course introduces ideas from physics needed to understand the function of a selection of modern devices and systems.

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# PHYS-P 151 21st Century Physics

- Credits
- 3
- Prerequisites
- None
- Description
- An introductory class to the concepts of modern physics, especially relativity and the quantum world, and their use in much of our new technology. Medical, electronic, and energy applications will be discussed. Will not fulfill science requirement for education majors.

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# PHYS-P 199 Physical Science through Inquiry

- Credits
- 3
- Prerequisites
- None
- Description
- Fulfills the physical science requirement for elementary education majors; recommended for students interested in elementary and middle school science education. Topics introduced include sound, scale models, balance, forces, simple machines, mobiles, states of matter, light, color, the eye and vision, electricity, magnetism, and motion.

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This program of study cannot be combined with the following:

- Bachelor of Science in Physics (PHYSBS)
- Minor in Physics (PHYSMIN)

The Bachelor of Arts degree requires at least 120 credit hours, to include the following:

**College of Arts and Sciences Credit Hours.**At least 100 credit hours must come from College of Arts and Sciences disciplines.**Upper Division Courses.**At least 42 credit hours (of the 120) must be at the 300–499 level.**College Residency.**Following completion of the 60th credit hour toward degree, at least 36 credit hours of College of Arts and Sciences coursework must be completed through the Indiana University Bloomington campus or an IU-administered or IU co-sponsored Overseas Study program.**College GPA.**A College grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.000 is required.**CASE Requirements.**The following College of Arts and Sciences Education (CASE) requirements must be completed:- CASE Foundations
- CASE Breadth of Inquiry
- CASE Culture Studies
- CASE Critical Approaches: 1 course
- CASE Foreign Language: Proficiency in a single foreign language through the second semester of the second year of college-level coursework
- CASE Intensive Writing: 1 course
- CASE Public Oral Communication: 1 course

**Major.**Completion of the major as outlined in the Major Requirements section above.

Most students must also successfully complete the Indiana University Bloomington General Education program.