Physics B.A.

Bachelor of Arts - Physics

College Humanities & Sciences

Degree Specific Credits: 65

Required Cumulative GPA: 2.0

Catalog Year: 2017-2018

General Education Requirements

Information regarding these requirements can be found in the General Education Section of the catalog. 


Lower Division Physics10
College Physics
Physics with Calculus
Upper Division Physics27
Physics Electives6
Math Requirements15
Computer Science Requirements3
Advanced College Writing Requirement3
Foreign Language
Total Hours64

Lower Division Physics

Rule: Must complete all of the courses in one of the two options:

Note: Calculus-based Physics sequence is strongly recommended.

Note: The Physics with Calculus series (PHSX 215N - PHSX 218N) is strongly recommended.

Minimum Required Grade: C-

10 Total Credits Required

College Physics

Rule: May complete all of the following courses

PHSX 205NCollege Physics I4
PHSX 206NCollege Physics I Laboratory1
PHSX 207NCollege Physics II4
PHSX 208NCollege Physics II Laboratory1
Total Hours10

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Physics with Calculus

Rule: May complete all of the following courses

PHSX 215NFund of Physics w/Calc I (strongly recommended)4
PHSX 216NPhysics Laboratory I w/Calc (strongly recommended)1
PHSX 217NFund of Physics w/Calc II (strongly recommended)4
PHSX 218NPhysics Laboratory II w/Calc (strongly recommended)1
Total Hours10

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Upper Division Physics

Rule: Complete the following courses

PHSX 301Intro Theoretical Physics3
PHSX 311Oscillations and Waves2
PHSX 320Classical Mechanics3
PHSX 323Intermediate Physics Lab3
PHSX 343Modern Physics3
PHSX 423Electricity & Magnetism I3
PHSX 444Advanced Physics Lab3
PHSX 461Quantum Mechanics I3
PHSX 499Senior Capstone Seminar1
Choose any 2 courses from the following6
Electricity & Magnetism II
Thermodyn & Stat Mech
Quantum Mechanics II
Total Hours30

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Physics Electives

Rule: Choose any 2 courses designated with PHSX prefix, for 6 total credits

Note: PHSX 425 and PHSX 462 are strongly recommended

Select two of the following:6
Einstein's Relativity
Communicating Physics
Computational Physics
Electricity & Magnetism II (strongly recommended)
Thermodyn & Stat Mech
Quantum Mechanics II (strongly recommended)
Any PHSX course
Total Hours6

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Math Requirements

Rule: Complete all of the following courses

Note: M 317, M 412, and M 418 are recommended as well

M 171Calculus I4
M 172Calculus II4
M 221Introduction to Linear Algebra4
M 273Multivariable Calculus4
Total Hours16

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Computer Science Requirements

Rule: Choose 1 of the following

Note: PHSX 333 or CSCI 250 is strongly recommended

Select one of the following:3
Intro to Programming
Fund of Computer Science I
Computer Mdlng/Science Majors (strongly recommended)
Computational Physics (strongly recommended)
Total Hours3

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Advanced College Writing Requirement

Rule: Must take the following course

Note: May substitute another advanced writing course as approved by the department chair.

PHSX 330Communicating Physics3
Total Hours3

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Foreign Language

Note: Students must also complete a 2 semester language sequence or have equivalent placement.

Teaching Physics Track

Individuals interested in teaching in K-12 schools must complete a degree in the content area they want to teach plus the teacher preparation program through the Department of Teaching and Learning. Individuals must complete the teaching major/teaching track within that degree program, which may contain different course requirements than the academic major since the sequence of courses is designed to meet state standards. Upon completion of the degree program with the teaching track and the secondary licensure program, one will be eligible for a standard Montana teaching license in this content area.

To sign up for this option, you need to contact the Teaching and Learning Department. Do not fill out a major/minor form for graduation or the major/minor/concentration section of the major change form. Approvals for this option must come from the Teaching and Learning Department.

Tracks will not appear on your UM transcript, diploma, university lists, student data system, or university publication and are used for advising purposes only. You do not fill out a major change for a track.

Teaching Licensure Requirements

Note: Students must be formally admitted to the Teacher Education Program and complete all of the professional education licensure requirements. See the Department of Teaching and Learning in the College of Education and Human Sciences for more information. A major GPA of 2.75 is required to be eligible for student teaching. This major does not qualify as a single field endorsement. Individuals must complete a second teaching major or minor in another content area.

Teaching Licensure Course

Rule: Must complete the following course

Note: The EDU 497 course number is used for multiple courses. Students should register for EDU 497 Methods: 5-12 Science.

EDU 497Teaching and Assessing4
Total Hours4

Minimum Required Grade: C-