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Physics, B.A.

About the Program

The physics B.A. program provides a good concentration in physics courses and a broad distribution in the liberal arts. It prepares students for technical or technically related graduate school studies or employment.

About the Physics Department

162 Science and Math Complex
1300 Elmwood Ave
Buffalo, NY 14222
Phone: (716) 878-6726
Fax: (716) 878-4421
http://physics.buffalostate.edu/

Admission Requirements

Mathematics preparation through precalculus is required.

Program Requirements

Intellectual Foundations Requirements
33-39 credit hours 33-39

Physics Major Requirements (35 credit hours)
Required Core Courses (26 credit hours)
PHY 111 UNIVERSITY PHYSICS I 5
PHY 112 UNIVERSITY PHYSICS II 5
PHY 213 UNIVERSITY PHYSICS III 3
PHY 305 MODERN PHYSICS I 3
PHY 306 MODERN PHYSICS II 3
PHY 310 COMPUTATIONAL PHYSICS LABORATORY 3
PHY 320 INTRODUCTION TO THEORETICAL PHYSICS 4

Electives in Physics (9-10 credit hours)
Select from the following: 9-10
PHY 308 OPTICS
PHY 315 HEAT AND THERMODYNAMICS
PHY 323 STATICS
PHY 324 ELECTRIC CIRCUIT ANALYSIS
PHY 410 ADVANCED PHYSICS LABORATORY
PHY 425 CLASSICAL MECHANICS (4)
PHY 435 INTRODUCTION TO QUANTUM MECHANICS
PHY 440 ELECTRICITY AND MAGNETISM I
PHY 441 ELECTRICITY AND MAGNETISM II

Required Credit Hours Outside the Major (23 credit hours)
CHE 111 FUNDAMENTALS OF CHEMISTRY I 4
CHE 112 FUNDAMENTALS OF CHEMISTRY II 3
CHE 114 LABORATORY FOR FUNDAMENTALS OF CHEMISTRY II 1
MAT 161 CALCULUS I 4
MAT 162 CALCULUS II 4
MAT 163 USING TECHNOLOGY TO EXPLORE CALCULUS I 1
MAT 164 USING TECHNOLOGY TO EXPLORE CALCULUS II 1
MAT 263 CALCULUS III 4
MAT 264 USING TECHNOLOGY TO EXPLORE CALCULUS III 1

All College Electives
36-42 credit hours 36-42
Total Credit Hours 127-140

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