Physics B.A.

General Education FOUNDATIONS

Please use this link to view a list of courses that meet each GEF requirement.

NOTE: Some major requirements will fulfill specific GEF requirements. Please see the curriculum requirements listed below for details on which GEFs you will need to select.

General Education Foundations
F1 - Composition & Rhetoric3-6
Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric
and Composition, Rhetoric, and Research
Accelerated Academic Writing
F2A/F2B - Science & Technology4-6
F3 - Math & Quantitative Skills3-4
F4 - Society & Connections3
F5 - Human Inquiry & the Past3
F6 - The Arts & Creativity3
F7 - Global Studies & Diversity3
F8 - Focus (may be satisfied by completion of a minor, double major, or dual degree)9
Total Hours31-37

Degree Requirements

Students must complete WVU General Education Foundations requirements, College B.A. requirements, major requirements, and electives to total a minimum of 120 hours. For complete details on these requirements, visit the B.A. Degrees tab on the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences page.

Departmental Requirements for the B.A. in Physics

Students may not earn both a B.A. and a B.S. in Physics.  All students wishing to obtain a degree in Physics must comply with the following:

  • Calculation of the GPA in the Major: Students must maintain at least a minimum cumulative 2.2 GPA is required in all PHYS and MATH courses. If a course is repeated, all attempts will be included in the calculation of the GPA unless the course is eligible for a D/F repeat. 

  • Writing and Communication Skills Requirement: Physics Bachelor of Arts students fulfill the requirement by completing ENGL 101 and ENGL 102 (or ENGL 103), and two of the following  SpeakWrite Certified CoursesTMPHYS 199, PHYS 341, PHYS 496, ASTR 469.

  • Capstone Requirement: The university requires the successful completion of a Capstone course.   Students majoring in Physics must complete PHYS 496.
  • Benchmarks Expectations: For details, go to the Physics admissions tab.

Curriculum Requirements

First Year Seminar
Fine Arts Requirement
GEF Requirements (may vary depending on overlap)
ECAS B.A. Requirements12
Fine Arts Requirement
Foreign Language
Global Studies and Diversity Requirement
Foundation Courses:12
Orientation to Physics
General Physics
General Physics
Introduction to Mathematical Physics
Advanced Physics Courses12
Introductory Modern Physics
Theoretical Mechanics 1
Electricity and Magnetism 1
Advanced Laboratory
Physics Electives6
Select 2 classes
Any Physics course(s) at the 300 or 400-level *
Astrophysics 1
Astrophysics 2
Observational Astronomy
General Relativity
Mathematics Requirements16
Select one option
Calculus 1
Calculus 1a with Precalculus
and Calculus 1b with Precalculus
Required courses
Calculus 2
Multivariable Calculus
Elementary Differential Equations
Science Requirement8
Select any 8 credits from Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science or Geology
Capstone Experience3
Senior Thesis
Number may vary depending on overlap
Total Hours120

 Except PHYS 490, 491, 494. 495, or 497

Suggested Plan of Study

First Year
WVUE 1911ENGL 101 (GEF 1)3
MATH 155 (GEF 3)4MATH 156 (GEF 8)4
GEF 43PHYS 111 (GEF 8)4
CHEM 115 (GEF 2)4CHEM 116 (GEF 8)4
PHYS 1991 
General Elective2 
 15 15
Second Year
ENGL 102 (GEF 1)3 ECAS Fine Arts Requirement (GEF 6)3
GEF 53PHYS 2113
PHYS 1124PHYS 3144
MATH 2514MATH 2614
General Elective1General Elective1
 15 15
Third Year
Foreign Language 1013Foreign Language 1023
PHYS 3313PHYS 3411
PHYS 3333Physics Elective3
PHYS 3411General Elective3
General elective3General Elective3
General elective2General Elective2
 15 15
Fourth Year
Foreign Language 2033Foreign Language 2043
ECAS Global Studies and Diversity Requirements (GEF 7)3PHYS 496 (Capstone)3
General Elective3General Elective3
General Elective3General Elective3
General Elective3General Elective3
 15 15
Total credit hours: 120