Department of Physics
Bachelor of Science in Physics
Students on Summer 2024, Fall 2024, or Spring 2025 requirements PHYSBS
Requirements
The major requires at least 35 credit hours (64 with the Addenda requirements), including the requirements listed below.
 Physics I. One (1) course:
 PHYSH 221 Honors Physics I
 PHYSP 221 Physics I
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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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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 Physics II. One (1) course:
 PHYSH 222 Honors Physics II
 PHYSP 222 Physics II
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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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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 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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 Theory of Electricity and Magnetism I. One (1) course:
 PHYSP 331 Theory of Electricity and Magnetism I
PHYSP 331 Theory of Electricity and Magnetism I
 Credits
 3
 Prerequisites
 PHYSH 222 or PHYSP 222; or PHYSP 202 and consent of instructor; and MATHM 312 or PHYSP 321
 Description
 Electrostatic fields and differential operators, Laplace and Poisson equations, dielectric materials, steady currents, power and energy, induction, magnetic fields, scalar and vector potentials, Maxwell\'s equations.
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 Analytical Mechanics I. One (1) course:
 PHYSP 441 Analytical Mechanics I
PHYSP 441 Analytical Mechanics I
 Credits
 3
 Prerequisites
 PHYSP 222 or PHYSH 222; or PHYSP 202 and consent of instructor
 Notes
 P or C: MATHM 343
 Description
 Elementary mechanics of particles and rigid bodies, treated by methods of calculus and differential equations.
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 Introduction to Quantum Mechanics. One (1) course:
 PHYSP 453 Introduction to Quantum Mechanics
PHYSP 453 Introduction to Quantum Mechanics
 Credits
 3
 Prerequisites
 PHYSP 301 and PHYSP 331
 Notes
 R: PHYSP 332 concurrently
 Description
 The Schroedinger equation with applications to problems such as barrier transmission, harmonic oscillation, and the hydrogen atom. Discussion of orbital and spin angular momentum and identical particles. Introduction to perturbation theory.
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 Modern Physics Laboratory. One (1) course:
 PHYSP 309 Modern Physics Laboratory
PHYSP 309 Modern Physics Laboratory
 Credits
 3
 Prerequisites
 None
 Notes
 P or C: PHYSP 301
 Description
 Fundamental experiments in physics with emphasis on modern physics. The course aims to develop basic laboratory skills and data analysis techniques.
 Experiments in Modern Physics I. One (1) course:
 PHYSP 451 Experiments in Modern Physics I
 PHYSP 460 (with permission of department)
PHYSP 451 Experiments in Modern Physics I
 Credits
 3
 Prerequisites
 PHYSP 301 and PHYSP 309
 Notes
 R: PHYSP 453 and PHYSP 454 concurrently
 Description
 Advanced laboratory for senior physics majors. Experimental investigations and selected topics in nuclear, atomic, and solid state physics.
 Physics Electives or Concentration. One (1) of the following:
 Concentration. Complete the Computational Physics Concentration (see requirements below).
 Electives. Additional courses, as needed, to fulfill remaining requirements:
 PHYSP 310 Environmental Physics
 PHYSP 314 Introduction to Medical Physics
 PHYSP 317 Signals and Information Processing in Living Systems
 PHYSP 318 Scattering Methods in Materials Science
 PHYSP 321 Techniques in Theoretical Physics
 PHYSP 325 Computing Skills for Physical Scientists
 PHYSP 332 Theory of Electricity and Magnetism II
 PHYSP 340 Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics
 PHYSP 350 Applied Physics Instrumentation Laboratory
 PHYSP 371 Radiation Science Fundamentals
 PHYSP 400 Analog and Digital Electronics
 PHYSP 408 Current Research in Physics
 PHYSP 410 Computing Applications in Physics
 PHYSP 411 Computing Applications in Physics II
 PHYSP 425 Introductory Biophysics
 PHYSP 442 Analytical Mechanics II
 PHYSP 451 Experiments in Modern Physics I
 PHYSP 454 Modern Physics
 PHYSP 455 Quantum Computing I
 PHYSP 456 Quantum Computing II
 PHYSP 460
 PHYSP 470 Introduction to Accelerator Physics
 PHYSP 472 Radiation Oncology Physics
 PHYSP 478 Radiation Biophysics
 PHYSX 473 Applied Physics Internship
 PHYSX 490 Readings in Physics
 PHYSX 498 Research Project
PHYSP 310 Environmental Physics
 Credits
 3
 Prerequisites
 PHYSH 221, PHYSP 201, or PHYSP 221; and MATHM 211; or consent of instructor
 Description
 For biological and physical science majors. Relationship of physics to current environmental problems. Energy production, comparison of sources and byproducts; nature of and possible solutions to problems of noise, particulate matter in atmosphere.
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PHYSP 314 Introduction to Medical Physics
 Credits
 3
 Prerequisites
 PHYSH 221, PHYSP 201, PHYSP 221, or consent of instructor
 Notes
 R: PHYSH 222, PHYSP 202, or PHYSP 222. Preferred for Physics majors: PHYSP 371 and PHYSP 472
 Description
 For biological and physical science majors. Applications of physics to the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of human disease: diagnostic imaging, radiation therapy, radiation protection; radiation detection, dosimetry, exposure, instrumentation, cavity theory, nonionizing radiation imaging, radiation biology, radiation oncology techniques, cancer biology, medical imaging technologies.
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PHYSP 317 Signals and Information Processing in Living Systems
 Credits
 3
 Prerequisites
 PHYSH 222, PHYSP 202, or PHYSP 222; and MATHM 120 or MATHM 211.
 Description
 Introduction to quantitative methods for life sciences, emphasizing how living systems process information. Topics include noise in sensory signals; consequences for sensory processing; uncertainty and decision making; neural networks, excitable waves in neurons and muscle; stability/instability; models of development and morphogenesis. Open to students in the physical or life sciences.
PHYSP 318 Scattering Methods in Materials Science
 Credits
 3
 Prerequisites
 PHYSH 222 or PHYSP 222; or PHYSP 202 and consent of instructor
 Description
 Introduction to neutron and Xray scattering techniques used in materials physics. Basic scattering theory; structural measurements of ordered, disordered, and nano materials; stress and strain measurements; imaging; inelastic neutron and Xray scattering; EXAFS and NEXAFS; polarized neutrons and Xrays; proposal writing.
PHYSP 321 Techniques in Theoretical Physics
 Credits
 3
 Prerequisites
 None
 Notes
 P or C: PHYSP 301
 Description
 Particle motion in one, two, and three dimensions in the presence of forces; construction of forces from fields, and relationships between fields and sources; energies and potentials; complex oscillations and circuit analysis; classical and quantum mechanical waves and probabilities.
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PHYSP 325 Computing Skills for Physical Scientists
 Credits
 3
 Prerequisites
 PHYSP 201 and PHYSP 202; or PHYSP 221 and PHYSP 222; and MATHM 211, MATHS 211, or equivalent
 Description
 Computer skills with application to upperdivision physical science courses: use of Python as a programming language and Mathematica for symbolic manipulation; data fitting and visualization; numerical and Monte Carlo methods.
PHYSP 332 Theory of Electricity and Magnetism II
 Credits
 3
 Prerequisites
 PHYSP 331; or consent of instructor
 Description
 Magnetic materials, wave equations and radiation, energy transfer and conversion. Pointing vector and momentum, retarded potentials, dipole radiation, transmission lines and wave guides, relativity.
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PHYSP 340 Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics
 Credits
 3
 Prerequisites
 PHYSH 222 or PHYSP 222; or PHYSP 202 and consent of instructor
 Notes
 P or C: MATHM 311 or MATHS 311
 Description
 Intermediate course, covering three laws of thermodynamics, classical and quantum statistical mechanics, and some applications.
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PHYSP 350 Applied Physics Instrumentation Laboratory
 Credits
 3
 Prerequisites
 PHYSH 222 or PHYSP 222; or PHYSP 201, PHYSP 202, and consent of instructor
 Notes
 P or C: PHYSP 309
 Description
 Instrumentation, data acquisition, and control for research, development, industrial applications depending upon coordination of electrical sensors, instruments, personal computers, and software. Covers the essentials of electronic signal measurements, transducers, computer control of instruments, design of automated measurement and control algorithms, realtime data analysis and instrument calibration.
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PHYSP 371 Radiation Science Fundamentals
 Credits
 3
 Prerequisites
 PHYSH 222 or PHYSP 222; or PHYSP 202 and consent of instructor
 Description
 Introduces principles and concepts related to radioactive decay, interactions of ionizing radiation with matter, dosimetry and the human health effects of exposure to ionizing radiation; reviews fundamental concepts of atomic and subatomic processes, modern physics, Special Theory of Relativity, wave/particle duality and the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle.
PHYSP 400 Analog and Digital Electronics
 Credits
 3
 Prerequisites
 None
 Description
 Practical electronics as would be encountered in a research laboratory or industrial setting. Both analog (filters, power supplies, transistors, amplifiers, opamps, comparators, oscillators, transducers including the analysis of circuits using computeraided techniques) and digital devices (storage elements, discrete gates, and programmable devices).
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PHYSP 408 Current Research in Physics
 Credits
 1
 Prerequisites
 None
 Description
 A series of introductory talks by 15 different faculty members on the current research activities of the Department of Physics. For seniorlevel students.
PHYSP 410 Computing Applications in Physics
 Credits
 3
 Prerequisites
 PHYSP 301; and CSCIA 201 or CSCIA 304; or consent of instructor
 Description
 Computing methods and techniques applied to a broad spectrum of physics problems. Emphasis on leastsquares method and other curvefitting techniques of nonlinear functions; Monte Carlo methods; data manipulation, including sorting, retrieval, and display.
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PHYSP 411 Computing Applications in Physics II
 Credits
 3
 Prerequisites
 PHYSP 410; or consent of instructor
 Description
 Continuation of PHYSP 410 including introduction to stochastic modeling, statistical mechanics and quantum systems, improving code performance.
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PHYSP 425 Introductory Biophysics
 Credits
 3
 Prerequisites
 None
 Description
 Overview of cellular components; basic structures of proteins, nucleotides, and biological membranes; solution physics of biological molecules; mechanics and motions of biopolymers; physical chemistry of binding affinity and kinetics; physics of transport and initial transduction; biophysical techniques such as microscopy and spectroscopy; mathematical modeling of biological systems; biophysics in the postgenome era, etc.
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PHYSP 442 Analytical Mechanics II
 Credits
 3
 Prerequisites
 PHYSP 441; or consent of instructor
 Corequisites
 MATHM 343
 Description
 Elementary mechanics of particles and rigid bodies, treated by methods of calculus and differential equations.
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PHYSP 451 Experiments in Modern Physics I
 Credits
 3
 Prerequisites
 PHYSP 301 and PHYSP 309
 Notes
 R: PHYSP 453 and PHYSP 454 concurrently
 Description
 Advanced laboratory for senior physics majors. Experimental investigations and selected topics in nuclear, atomic, and solid state physics.
PHYSP 454 Modern Physics
 Credits
 4
 Prerequisites
 PHYSP 453
 Description
 Structure of multielectron atoms. Experimental facts and theoretical models in solid state physics, nuclear physics, and elementary particle physics.
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PHYSP 455 Quantum Computing I
 Credits
 3
 Prerequisites
 MATHM 118, MATHM 211, and MATHM 303; or consent of instructor
 Notes
 Crosslisted as MATHM 455
 Description
 Covers the interdisciplinary field of quantum information science and aims at senior undergraduate and graduate students majoring in computer science, physics, mathematics, philosophy, and chemistry. Quantum Information Science is the study of storing, processing, and communicating information using quantum systems.
 Repeatability
 Credit given for only one of MATHM 455 and PHYSP 455.
PHYSP 456 Quantum Computing II
 Credits
 3
 Prerequisites
 MATHM 118, MATHM 211, and MATHM 303; and MATHM 455 or PHYSP 455; or consent of instructor
 Notes
 Crosslisted as MATHM 456
 Description
 Covers the interdisciplinary field of quantum information science and aims at senior undergraduate and graduate students majoring in computer science, physics, mathematics, philosophy, and chemistry. Quantum Information Science is the study of storing, processing, and communicating information using quantum systems.
 Repeatability
 Credit given for only one of MATHM 456 and PHYSP 456.
PHYSP 470 Introduction to Accelerator Physics
 Credits
 3
 Prerequisites
 Consent of instructor
 Description
 Overview of accelerator development and accelerator technologies. Principles of linear and circular accelerators, storage rings, colliders. Transverse phase space motion of a particle in an accelerator. Radio frequency acceleration and synchrotron light sources. Basics of free electron lasers. Spin dynamics in cyclic accelerators and storage rings.Â Â Â Â
PHYSP 472 Radiation Oncology Physics
 Credits
 3
 Prerequisites
 PHYSP 371; or consent of instructor
 Description
 Introduces the physical principles, equipment, processes, imaging guidance and clinical techniques involved in the treatment of cancer patients with external radiation beams and radioactive sources; energy deposition characteristics are described; treatment planning dose calculation algorithms and point dose calculations; international dosimetry protocols for radiation beam calibrations are covered in detail.
PHYSP 478 Radiation Biophysics
 Credits
 3
 Prerequisites
 PHYSP 301, PHYSP 371, or consent of instructor
 Description
 Emphasis on the effects of ionizing radiation at the cellular/molecular, tissue, and organismal level. Topics include effects in tissue, DNA repair, chemical modifiers, the basis of radiotherapy, consequences of wholebody irradiation, and carcinogenesis. Especially relevant for students training in cancer biology, radiation oncology, radiology, public health, and medical physics.
PHYSX 473 Applied Physics Internship
 Credits
 1
 Prerequisites
 Consent of instructor or supervisor
 Description
 Internship in industry or national laboratory, arranged between the student, the student's faculty mentor, and an internship supervisor.
 Repeatability
 May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit hours.
 Grading
 S/F grading.
PHYSX 490 Readings in Physics
 Credits
 1–3 credit hours
 Prerequisites
 Consent of instructor
 Description
 Independent reading under supervision of a faculty member. Study in depth of a topic of interest to the student, culminating in a research paper.
 Repeatability
 May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credit hours.
PHYSX 498 Research Project
 Credits
 1–6 credit hours
 Prerequisites
 Consent of instructor or supervisor
 Description
 Research participation in group or independent project under the supervision of a faculty member in departmental research areas; or topic agreed upon between the student and supervisor.
 Repeatability
 May be repeated with a different topic for a maximum of 6 credit hours in PHYSS 406 and PHYSX 498.
 Addenda Requirements*.
 Mathematics and Computer Science. 20 credit hours:
 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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 Calculus III. One (1) course:
 MATHM 311 Calculus III
 MATHS 311 Honors Course in Calculus III
MATHM 311 Calculus III
 Credits
 4
 Prerequisites
 MATHM 212, MATHM 213, or MATHS 212
 Description
 Elementary geometry of 2, 3, and nspace; functions of several variables; partial differentiation; minimum and maximum problems; multiple integration.
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MATHS 311 Honors Course in Calculus III
 Credits
 4
 Prerequisites
 MATHS 212 or consent of instructor; and MATH M301, MATH M303, or MATH S303
 Description
 Honors version of MATHM 311, covering geometry of 2, 3, and nspace; functions of several variables; partial differentiation; minimum and maximum problems; and multiple integration. For students with unusual aptitude and motivation.
 Repeatability
 Credit given for only one of MATHM 311 or MATHS 311.
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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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 Electives. Additional Mathematics or Computer Science courses, as needed, to fulfill the requirement.
 Calculus I. One (1) course:
 Biological and Physical Sciences. Nine (9) credit hours in the biological and physical sciences, other than physics, with at least six (6) credit hours in the same department:
 Animal Behavior
 Astronomy
 Biochemistry
 Biology
 Biotechnology
 Chemistry
 Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
 Human Biology
 Neuroscience
 Mathematics and Computer Science. 20 credit hours:
 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.
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
Exclusions
The following courses cannot be applied toward major requirements:
 PHYSE 250
 Any PHYSP 100–199
This program of study cannot be combined with the following:
 Bachelor of Arts in Physics (PHYSBA)
 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 Science 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 36 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
 Diversity in the United States: 1 course
 Global Civilizations and Cultures: Not required
 CASE Critical Approaches: 1 course
 CASE Foreign Language: Proficiency in a single foreign language through the first 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.