Department of Physics
Bachelor of Arts in Physics
Students on Summer 2024, Fall 2024, or Spring 2025 requirements PHYSBA
Requirements
The major requires at least 30 credit hours (41 with the Addenda requirements), including the requirements listed below.
 Physics I. One (1) course:
 PHYSP 201 General Physics I
 PHYSP 221 Physics I
 PHYSH 221 Honors Physics I
PHYSP 201 General Physics I
 Credits
 5
 Prerequisites
 None
 Notes
 R: Mastery of high school trigonometry; or MATHM 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 twohour laboratory period each week.
 Repeatability
 Credit given for only one of PHYSH 221, PHYSP 201, or PHYSP 221.
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PHYSP 221 Physics I
 Credits
 5
 Prerequisites
 None
 Corequisites
 MATHM 211 or consent of instructor
 Notes
 First semester of a threesemester, calculusbased sequence intended for science majors. Three lectures, two discussion sections, and one 2hour lab each week. Physics majors are encouraged to take PHYSP 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 PHYSH 221, PHYSP 201, or PHYSP 221.
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PHYSH 221 Honors Physics I
 Credits
 5
 Prerequisites
 Consent of department
 Notes
 P or C: MATHM 211 or equivalent
 Description
 First semester of a calculusbased 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 PHYSH 221, PHYSP 201, or PHYSP 221.
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 Physics II. One (1) course:
 PHYSP 202 General Physics II
 PHYSP 222 Physics II
 PHYSH 222 Honors Physics II
PHYSP 202 General Physics II
 Credits
 5
 Prerequisites
 PHYSH 221, PHYSP 201, PHYSP 221, or high school equivalent
 Notes
 Three lectures, one discussion section, and one twohour 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 PHYSH 222, PHYSP 202, or PHYSP 222.
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PHYSP 222 Physics II
 Credits
 5
 Prerequisites
 PHYSH 221 or PHYSP 221; or PHYSP 201 and consent of instructor
 Corequisites
 MATHM 212 or consent of instructor
 Notes
 Second semester of a threesemester, calculusbased sequence intended for science majors.Three lectures, two discussion sections, and one 2hour lab each week. Physics majors are encouraged to take PHYSP 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 PHYSH 222, PHYSP 202, or PHYSP 222.
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PHYSH 222 Honors Physics II
 Credits
 5
 Prerequisites
 PHYSH 221; or PHYSP 221 and consent of department
 Description
 Second semester of a calculusbased sequence in introductory physics, intended primarily for highly motivated and well prepared students. Covers the material of PHYSP 222 and supplementary topics. Course fee required.
 Repeatability
 Credit given for only one of PHYSH 222, PHYSP 202, or PHYSP 222.
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 Physics III. One (1) course:
 PHYSP 301 Physics III
PHYSP 301 Physics III
 Credits
 3
 Prerequisites
 PHYSH 222 or PHYSP 222; or PHYSP 202 and consent of instructor
 Notes
 Third semester of a threesemester, calculusbased sequence.Intended for science and mathematics majors. Three lecturediscussion 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 PHYSP 300–399 except PHYSP 301
 Any PHYSP 400–499
 Addenda Requirements*.
 Calculus I. One (1) course:
 MATHM 211 Calculus I
 MATHS 211
MATHM 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 precalculus, and trigonometry as indicated by an appropriate ALEKS score or completion of MATHM 027
 Description
 Limits, continuity, derivatives, definite and indefinite integrals, applications.
 Repeatability
 A student may receive credit for only one of the following: MATHJ 113, MATHM 119, MATHV 119, MATHM 211, or MATHS 211.
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 Calculus II. One (1) course:
 MATHM 212 Calculus II
 MATHS 212 Honors Calculus II
MATHM 212 Calculus II
 Credits
 4
 Prerequisites
 MATHM 211 or MATHS 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 MATHM 120 or MATHM 212.
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MATHS 212 Honors Calculus II
 Credits
 4
 Prerequisites
 MATHS 211 or consent of department
 Description
 Includes material of MATHM 212 and supplemental topics. Designed for students of outstanding ability in mathematics.
 Repeatability
 Credit given for only one of MATHM 120, MATHM 212, or MATHS 212.
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 Introduction to Differential Equations with Applications I. One (1) course:
 MATHM 343
 MATHS 343 Honors Course in Differential Equations
MATHS 343 Honors Course in Differential Equations
 Credits
 3
 Prerequisites
 MATHS 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 initialvalue problems, convergence of series solutions, and the matrix exponential exp(tA).
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 Calculus I. One (1) course:
 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 IUadministered or IU cosponsored 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.
Notes
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 nonAddenda requirement through an approved exception
 Any course at the 100–499 level with the
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Exclusions
The following courses cannot be applied toward major requirements or the College Breadth requirement:
 PHYSE 250
 Any PHYSP 100–199
This program of study cannot be combined with the following:
 Bachelor of Science in Physics (PHYSBS)
 Minor in Physics (PHYSMIN)
Exceptions to and substitutions for major requirements may be made with the approval of the unit's Director of Undergraduate Studies, subject to final approval by the College of Arts and Sciences.
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 IUadministered or IU cosponsored 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 collegelevel coursework
 CASE Intensive Writing: 1 course
 CASE Public Oral Communication: 1 course
 CASE Sustainability Literacy: 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.