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B.A. in Physics

Degree Requirements

The academic regulations for this degree program, as entered in the University of Mississippi Catalog, are in effect for the current or selected academic year and semester. The University of Mississippi reserves the right to 1) change or withdraw courses; 2) change rules for registration, instruction, and graduation; and 3) change other regulations affecting the student body at any time.

General Education

Requirement Hours Description
First Year Writing I 3 Complete Engl 101, Hon 101, Writ 100 or Writ 101 with a passing grade.
First Year Writing II 3 Complete one of the following courses with a passing grade: Engl 102, Liba 102, Writ 102 or Hon 102.
6 hrs literature survey 6 Complete 6 hours of literature survey with a passing grade. Choose from the following courses: Engl 221, Engl 222, Engl 223, Engl 224, Engl 225, or Engl 226.
6 hrs modern/ancient language 200+ 6 Successfully complete at least 6 hours at the 200 level or above in one modern or ancient language.
6 hrs history 6 Complete 6 hours in History (HIS) course work with a passing grade.
3 hrs humanities 3 Successfully complete 3 hours in one of the following areas: African-American studies; classical civilization; environmental studies (Envs 101); gender studies (G St 201, 301, 333, 350); philosophy; religion; Southern studies (S St 101, 102). In addition, gender studies courses that are cross-listed with African American studies, classical civilization, English, modern languages, philosophy, or religion courses will satisfy this requirement.
6 hrs social science 6 Successfully complete 6 semester hours in anthropology, economics, political science, psychology, or sociology.
3 hrs fine arts 3 Complete 3 hours in the area of fine or performing arts. Choose from art history, music, dance, and theatre arts. Studio and workshop courses cannot be used to satisfy this requirement. Acceptable freshman or sophommore-level courses are: AH 101, AH 102, AH 201, AH 202; Music 101, Music 102, Music 103, Music 104, Music 105; Dance 200; and Theatre 201.
3 hrs math 100+ 3 Successfully complete 3 hours of Math at the 100 level or above except for Math 245 and Math 246.
9-12 hrs science 9 Complete a full year of science course work in one subject area (6-8 hrs) and complete 3 credit hours in a subject area from another department. Courses may be chosen from the departments of Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Geology and Geological Engineering, or Physics and Astronomy.
2 associated science labs 2 Successfully complete at least two science laboratory courses.

Major Requirements

Requirement Hours Description
Math 261 3 Complete Math 261 with a passing grade.
Math 262 3 Complete Math 262 with a passing grade.
Phys 498 2 Phys 498: Senior Review
Phys electives 6 Phys 453: Solid State Devices, Phys 501: Intermediate Electromagnetic Theory I, Phys 505: Ocean Acoustics I, Phys 506: Ocean Acoustics II, Phys 513: Atomic/Molecular Phys, Phys 524: Nuclear Physics, Phys 525: Intr-Solid State Phys, Phys 527: Thermo and Stat Mech, Phys 571: Adv Thermodynamics, Phys 414: Experimental Methods, Phys 561: Adv Tpcs-Gen Physics, Phys 562: Adv Tpcs-Gen Physics, Phys 563: Prob-Lab Physics I, Phys 564: Prob-Lab Physics II, Phys 565: Lab Meth-Phys Sci I, Phys 566: Lab Meth-Phys Sci II, Phys 581: Space Science Wkshp, Phys 532: Advanced Acoustics Laboratory, Phys 533: Survey of Topics in Physics I, Phys 534: Survey of Topics in Physics II, Phys 521: Acoustics, Phys 522: Acoustics Laboratory, Phys 401: Electromagnetic Theory I, Phys 402: Electromagnetic Theory II, Phys 413: Introduction to Biophysics, Phys 415: Radiation Physics Laboratory, Phys 417: Modern Physics Laboratory, Phys 422: Digital Electronics & Microprocessors, Phys 425: Nuclear & Particle Physics Laboratory, Phys 451: Introduction to Quantum Mechanics, Phys 461: Senior Seminar, Phys 463: Senior Research Project, Phys 464: Senior Research Project, Phys 498: Senior Review, Phys 503: Selected Topics in Physics I, Phys 507: Directed Research, Phys 510: Physics and Astronomy Colloquium, Phys 502: Intermediate Electromagnetic Theory II
Phys residency hrs 18 Students must earn at least 18 hours of their major courses in residence.
Overall Major GPA 0 Please contact your academic advisor for grade point requirements.
Resident Major GPA 0 Please contact your academic advisor for grade point requirements.

Major Requirements II

Requirement Hours Description
8 hrs physics track 8 Complete one of the following physics tracks: Track 1 - Phys 211, 212, 221, 222 Track 2 - Phys 213, 214, 223, 224
3 hrs physics courses 3 Students pursuing physics track 2 (Phys 213, 214, 223, 224) must complete Phys 303. Students following physics track 1 (Phys 211, 212, 221, 222) cannot take Phys 303 for credit toward the major; therefore, must choose a different physics 300+ level course.
7 hrs add'l 300+ physics courses 7 Complete 7 hours of additional physics coursework at the 300-level or above.
The policies and regulations contained in this online University of Mississippi Catalog are in effect for the current or selected semester. The catalog is not a contract, but rather a guide for the convenience of students. The University of Mississippi reserves the right to 1) change or withdraw courses; 2) change the fees, rules, and schedules for admission, registration, instruction, and graduation; and 3) change other regulations affecting the student body at any time. Implicit in each student’s enrollment with the university is an agreement to comply with university rules and regulations, which the university may modify to exercise properly its educational responsibility.