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Bachelor of Arts

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The physics department at IUS has a vibrant atmosphere despite its small size. Small class sizes and a small student to teacher ratio are conducive to effective learning, manifested in the fact that the gain scores in national standardized assessment tests in the introductory physics courses are considerably higher than the national average. All full-time physics faculty members at IUS hold a Ph. D. degree. The faculty members engage in research and scholarship and publish regularly in internationally recognized peer-reviewed journals. Plenty of opportunities exists for undergraduate students to gain professional experience by working closely with faculty and getting involved in their research projects.

University Credit Hour & Residency Requirements

All Baccalaureate degrees offered by IU Southeast requires a minimum of 120 credit hours and a minimum of 30 credit hours of upper-level coursework (300-level or above). No more than 64 credit hours earned in accredited junior/community colleges may be applied toward a Baccalaureate degree. The University Residency Requirement dictates that students must complete no less than 26 credit hours at IU Southeast during their senior year and no less than 10 credit hours of coursework in the major field of study.

Department of Physics Residency Requirements

In addition to the University Credit Hour & Residency Requirement, Physics Majors must complete the Capstone Course (PHYS-S406) and a minimum of two upper-level (300-400 level) Physics courses in residence at IU Southeast.

General Education Core Requirements

All IU Southeast Baccalaureate degrees require 30 credit hours of General Education Core coursework. Students must select a course(s) to satisfy each category listed below. View the list of courses that satisfy the General Education Core requirements.

  • Information Literacy (1 credit)
  • Written Communications I (3 credits)
  • Written Communications II (3 credits)
  • Oral Communications (3 credits)
  • Quantitative Reasoning (3 credits)
  • Ethical Reasoning/Diversity (3 credits)
  • Natural Sciences (one lecture – 3 credits, one lab – 2 credits)
  • Arts/Humanities(3 credits)
  • Social Science(3 credits)
  • General Education Additional Requirement (Art, Humanities, or Social Science) (3 credits)

Please note that several courses required for your Major may “double dip” with the general education core courses.

View a list of current course offerings.

Bachelor of Arts Distribution Requirements

In addition to the requirements stated in the General Education Core, students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree must complete the following BA Distribution Requirements. There is no limit to the number of hours a student may take in any one discipline. In some rare instances, it is possible to "double dip" BA Distribution courses with some General Education Core courses and major courses. When "double dipping," the minimum grade required is the higher of the two. The additional distribution requirements are as follows:

  • Additional Ethical Reasoning/Diversity
    In addition to the three credit hours required for the campus general education Ethical Reasoning/Diversity requirement, choose one additional course for a minimum total of 6 credit hours in the Ethical Reasoning/Diversity. One course must be in Ethical Reasoning and one course must be in Diversity. (May not "double dip" with the General Education Core Ethical Reasoning/Diversity Requirement, the BA Distribution Historical Investigation Requirement, or the BA Distribution Social & Behavioral Science Requirement.)
  • Additional Natural Science
    In addition to the five credit hours (lecture + lab) required for the campus general education Natural Science requirement, choose one additional course for a minimum total of 8 credit hours in the natural sciences. One course must be in the life sciences and one course must be in the physical sciences.
  • Additional Social Science
    In addition to the three credit hours required for the campus general education Social Science requirement, choose one additional course in any discipline for a minimum total of 6 credit hours in the social/behavioral sciences. (May not "double dip" with General Education Core Social & Behavioral Science or the BA Distribution Historical Investigation requirement.)
  • Historical Investigation
    Two courses in Historical Investigation. (May not “double dip” with the additional Social & Behavioral Science for the BA Distribution requirements.)
  • Foreign Language
    All BA degree candidates must satisfactorily complete (D- or higher) four semesters of a single foreign language, or they must earn an achievement examination or placement test score sufficient for placement in foreign language classes at the 300 level or above.

Bachelor of Arts in Physics Requirements

Mathematics (4 courses): MATH-M215, MATH-M216, MATH-M311, & MATH-M313

  • M215 will satisfy the Quantitative Reasoning Requirement for General Education

Chemistry (2 courses w/lab): CHEM-C105 & C125 and CHEM-C106 & C126

  • CHEM-C105 & C125 will satisfy the Natural Science Requirement for General Education

Computer Science (2 courses): CSCI-C201 & CSCI-C202

Physics (9 courses): PHYS-P221, PHYS-P222, PHYS-P301, PHYS-P309, PHYS-P331, PHYS-P340, PHYS-P441, PHYS-P453, & PHYS-S406

  • PHYS-P221 will satisfy the Natural Science Requirement for General Education

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