Bachelor of Arts - Physics

College of Humanities & Sciences

Degree Specific Credits: 68

Required Cumulative GPA: 2.0

Catalog Year: 2018-2019

General Education Requirements

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


Lower-Division Physics10
Upper-Division Physics30
Physics Electives6
Math Requirements16
Computer Science Requirements3
Advanced College Writing Requirement3
Total Hours68

Lower-Division Physics

Complete one of the following Physics sequences:10
Algebra- and Trigonometry-based Physics:
College Physics I
and College Physics I Laboratory
College Physics II
and College Physics II Laboratory
Calculus-based Physics (strongly recommended):
Fund of Physics w/Calc I
and Physics Laboratory I w/Calc
Fund of Physics w/Calc II
and Physics Laboratory II w/Calc
Total Hours10

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Upper-Division Physics 

Complete all of 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
Complete two of the following courses:6
Electricity & Magnetism II
Thermodyn & Stat Mech
Quantum Mechanics II
Total Hours30

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Physics Electives

Note: Other PHSX courses may be substituted with adviser approval.

Complete two of the following courses:6
Einstein's Relativity
The Evolving Universe
Communicating Physics
Computational Physics
Electricity & Magnetism II (2 of these 3 courses must be taken in the physics core, the remaining course can be used as an elective)
Thermodyn & Stat Mech
Quantum Mechanics II
Total Hours6

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Math Requirements

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

Complete all of the following courses:
M 171Calculus I4
M 172Calculus II4
M 221Introduction to Linear Algebra4
M 273Multivariable Calculus4
Total Hours16

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Computer Science Requirements

Complete one of the following courses:3
Intro to Programming
Fund of Computer Science I
Computational Physics (strongly recommended)
Total Hours3

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Advanced College Writing Requirement

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

Complete the following course:
PHSX 330Communicating Physics3
Total Hours3

Minimum Required Grade: C-

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-