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David Mattingly
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B.A. in Physics
Physics Major (B.A.)
What is a Bachelor of Arts in physics?
This degree program is tailored to students who want a broad education, and it’s excellent preparation for middle and high school physics teachers, premed and prelaw students, as well as those wishing to pursue a technical career in industry. With fewer required courses than the B.S., students pursing the B.A. have time to explore other academic interests.
Why study physics at UNH?
The program offers introductory physics in a lecture and studio format – an active learning environment that includes group work and labs all in a single room with a professor and graduate teaching assistants. This style allows for a coherent, connected and supportive experience. One studio course integrates the study of calculus and physics, for a deeper understanding of both subjects. You’ll have many opportunities to conduct research with physics faculty and other scientists, working on projects funded by NASA, the National Science Foundation, the Department of Education, Department of Defense, National Institutes of Health and other agencies and organizations. You’ll learn how to approach, analyze and solve complex problems as you develop new technologies, methods and theories that will prepare you for a range of careers in research, engineering and education.
Potential Careers
 Accelerator operator
 Aerospace sciences
 Applied optics
 Engineering research
 Fluids engineering and research
 High school physics teacher
 Materials research
 Physical sciences technician
 Software engineering
 Systems engineering
DeMeritt Hall 237A
9 Library Way
Durham, NH 03824
Phone: (603) 8622669
Email: physics.dept@unh.edu
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This form is only for prospective students who are not already enrolled at UNH. If you are a current UNH student and interested in this program, please reach out to the contact on this page.
Curriculum & Requirements
This program provides an opportunity for a broad and liberal education, which in some cases may be sufficient for graduate work. This program can also be excellent preparation for middle and high school physics teachers, premed and prelaw students, and those wishing to pursue a technical career in industry. Because there are fewer required courses than for a B.S., you have time to pursue other academic interests. A judicious choice of electives may also prepare students for interdisciplinary programs that require proficiency in a specialized area of physics.
Suggested Curriculum for B.A. in Physics
In the following table, "other required courses" include Discovery courses, writingintensive courses, language courses required for the B.A., and freechoice electives.
First Year  

Fall  Credits  
PHYS 400  Freshman Seminar  1 
PHYS 407  General Physics I  4 
MATH 425  Calculus I  4 
Other Required Courses  8  
Credits  17  
Spring  
PHYS 408  General Physics II  4 
MATH 426  Calculus II  4 
ENGL 401  FirstYear Writing  4 
CS 410P or IAM 550 
Introduction to Scientific Programming/Python or Introduction to Engineering Computing 
4 
Credits  16  
Second Year  
Fall  
PHYS 505 & PHYS 506 
General Physics III and General Physics III Laboratory 
4 
MATH 525 or MATH 527 
Linearity I or Differential Equations with Linear Algebra 
46 
PHYS 601  Computational Physics Recitation I  1 
Other Required Courses  8  
Credits  1719  
Spring  
PHYS 615  Classical Mechanics and Mathematical Physics I  4 
MATH 526 or MATH 528 
Linearity II or Multidimensional Calculus 
46 
PHYS 602  Computational Physics Recitation II  1 
Other Required Courses  8  
Credits  1719  
Third Year  
Fall  
PHYS 616  Classical Mechanics and Mathematical Physics II  4 
PHYS 701  Quantum Mechanics I  4 
Other Required Courses  8  
Credits  16  
Spring  
PHYS 703  Electricity and Magnetism I  4 
PHYS 605  Experimental Physics I  5 
Other Required Courses  8  
Credits  17  
Fourth Year  
Fall  
PHYS 705  Experimental Physics II  4 
PHYS 508  Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics  4 
Other Required Courses  4  
Capstone  4  
Credits  16  
Spring  
Other Required Courses  12  
Capstone  4  
Credits  16  
Total Credits  132136 
Code  Title  Credits 

University Discovery Program requirements ^{1}  
Bachelor of Arts Degree requirements  
PHYS 400  Freshman Seminar  1 
PHYS 407  General Physics I  4 
PHYS 408  General Physics II  4 
CS 410P  Introduction to Scientific Programming/Python  4 
or IAM 550  Introduction to Engineering Computing  
PHYS 505 & PHYS 506  General Physics III and General Physics III Laboratory  4 
PHYS 508  Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics  4 
PHYS 601  Computational Physics Recitation I  1 
PHYS 602  Computational Physics Recitation II  1 
PHYS 605  Experimental Physics I  5 
PHYS 615  Classical Mechanics and Mathematical Physics I  4 
PHYS 616  Classical Mechanics and Mathematical Physics II  4 
PHYS 701  Quantum Mechanics I  4 
PHYS 703  Electricity and Magnetism I  4 
PHYS 705  Experimental Physics II  4 
Capstone: ^{2}  28  
PHYS 795 & PHYS 799  Independent Study and Thesis  
or INCO 790 & PHYS 799  Advanced Research Experience and Thesis  
or PHYS 798  Senior Project  
Mathematics:  
MATH 425  Calculus I  4 
MATH 426  Calculus II  4 
Select one of the following Options  812  
Option A:  
MATH 527 & MATH 528  Differential Equations with Linear Algebra and Multidimensional Calculus  
Option B:  
MATH 525 & MATH 526  Linearity I and Linearity II  
Total Credits  6676 
^{1}  Note that no physics course can satisfy these requirement for a physics major. The rationale behind this is that a course in physics does not broaden the education of a physics major. 
^{2}  A capstone experience is required of all physics majors during their senior year. The Physics Department encourages students to write a senior thesis (PHYS 799 Thesis) for their capstone experience. Other options include independent study research projects (PHYS 795 Independent Study or INCO 590 Student Research Experience) or a special project as part of senior lab (PHYS 705 Experimental Physics II). All capstone experiences must be approved by the undergraduate committee during the student's penultimate semester. 
 Students will master the fundamentals of mechanics, electricity and magnetism, quantum mechanics, and thermodynamics.
 Students will have a solid understanding of calculus and differential equations and be able to use mathematics to solve physics problems.
 Students will be proficient at taking measurements in a physics lab and analyzing measurements to draw valid conclusions.
 Students will be able to integrate competently the knowledge and skills acquired in the major and have adequate preparation to succeed in postundergraduate studies or a professional career.
 Students develop and execute plans for postgraduation to establish their careers. Student will understand the variety of career paths and opportunities that are open to students who have majored in physics.
 Students will be able to present scientific ideas effectively in both written and oral form.
Explore Program Details
The following gives a suggested schedule for a student obtaining a B.A. in Physics. Please note that Physics courses numbered 500 and higher are offered only once a year, and elective courses (numbered above 706) are typically offered only every other year. Only 400 level physics courses are offered in the summer (and even these are not guaranteed to be offered at that time.) Also, most courses above 600 have several physics and mathematics prerequisites. All this means that the schedule given below is somewhat rigid (although Physics 508, 701 and 703 can be taken in any order in the last two years). If you feel you need to deviate from this schedule for any reason, it is best to do so in consultation with your Physics advisor.
There are spaces for seventeen electives. These spaces must be used to fulfill the following requirements:
 the two writing intensive requirements (in addition to ENG 401 and PHYS 705)
 the eight general education requirements (in addition to ENG 401 and MATH 425)
Note that many courses are both general education courses and writing intensive, so you can fulfill these requirements with as few as eight courses. The remaining electives can be used to pursue other academic interests.