Physics B.A.

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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

Please note that not all of the GEF courses are offered at all campuses. Students should consult with their advisor or academic department regarding the GEF course offerings available at their campus.

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 B.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 Writing and Communication Skills 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.
  • Benchmark Expectations: For details, go to the Physics admissions tab.

Curriculum Requirements

Orientation to Physics (meets WVU First Year Seminar requirement)
GEF Requirements (may vary depending on overlap)
ECAS B.A. Requirements18
Fine Arts Requirement (GEF 6)
Foreign Language
Global Studies and Diversity Requirement (GEF 7)
Physics Foundation Courses11
General Physics
General Physics
Introduction to Mathematical Physics
Advanced Physics Courses16
Introductory Modern Physics
Three additional Physics or Astronomy courses (9 hours minimum) at the 300 or 400-level *
Advanced Laboratory
Research Methods
Science Requirement8
8 credits from Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, or Geology
Mathematics Requirement15
Calculus 1
Calculus 1a with Precalculus
and Calculus 1b with Precalculus
Calculus 2
Multivariable Calculus
Elementary Differential Equations **
any mathematics course at the 300 or 400 level**
Capstone Experience3
Senior Thesis
Number may vary depending on overlap
Total Hours120

 No more than 3 hours may be chosen from PHYS 490, 491, 494. 495, or 497


 Choose either Math 261 or any mathematics course at the 300 or 400 level, excluding Math 490, 494, 495, 497


The Physics B.A. is designed to prepare students for a career that utilizes physics preparation in conjunction with an applied emphasis. Some common examples are teaching, science journalism, medicine or patent law. Students work with their advisors to choose complementary courses tailored to suit the student’s career aspirations. These hours are completed within the block of elective hours. 

Suggested Plan of Study

First Year
PHYS 199 (First Year Seminar)1Foreign Language 1023
Foreign Language 1013MATH 156 (GEF 8)4
MATH 155 (GEF 3)4PHYS 111 (GEF 8)4
Science Elective 14Science Elective 24
General Elective3 
 15 15
Second Year
Foreign Language 2033Foreign Language 2043
GEF 43PHYS 2113
MATH 2514PHYS 3144
PHYS 1124General Elective 4
 General Elective1
 14 15
Third Year
ENGL 101 (GEF 1)3ENGL 102 (GEF 1)3
GEF 53ECAS Global Studies and Diversity Requirement (GEF 7)3
PHYS Elective 13MATH 261 (or 300- or 400-level MATH class)4
General Elective3PHYS 341 or 3763
General Elective3General Elective3
 15 16
Fourth Year
ECAS Fine Arts Requirement (GEF 6)3PHYS 4963
PHYS Elective 23General Elective4
PHYS Elective 33General Elective4
General Elective3General Elective4
General Elective3 
 15 15
Total credit hours: 120