The B.A. program is designed for students who are not currently planning to attend physics graduate school and/or who want to pursue parallel studies in other fields such as mathematics, biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering, business, pre-med, pre-law, and teacher education.
Students wishing to transfer to USF should complete an A.A. degree at a Florida College System institution. Some courses required for the major may also meet General Education requirements thereby transferring maximum hours to the university.
If a student wishes to transfer without an A.A. degree and has fewer than 60 semester hours of acceptable credit, the student must meet the university’s entering freshman requirements including ACT or SAT test scores, GPA, and course requirements.
Transfer students are also required to comply with the immunization, foreign language, and continuous enrollment policies of the university.
Students should complete the following prerequisite courses at the lower level prior to entering the university. If these courses are not taken at a Florida College System institution, they must be completed before the degree is granted.
Unless stated otherwise, a grade of C is the minimum acceptable grade in prerequisite courses.
CHM X045/X045L General Chemistry I (with lab) or CHM X040 & CHM X041 or CHM X045C
CHM X046/X046L General Chemistry II (with lab) or CHM X046C
MAC X311 Calculus I or MAC X281
MAC X312 Calculus II or MAC X282
MAC X313 Calculus III or MAC X283
PHY X048/X048L General Physics I or PHY X048C
PHY X049/X049L General Physics II or PHY X049C
Required Supporting Courses for the Major: 20 Hours
The following courses are prerequisite and supporting courses for this major. They are required for the major, but are not counted in the total hours for this major. The degree will not be awarded if these courses have not been taken by the end of the student’s final semester.
CHM 2045 General Chemistry I
CHM 2045L General Chemistry I Laboratory
CHM 2046 General Chemistry II
CHM 2046L General Chemistry II Laboratory
MAC 2311 Calculus I or MAC 2281 Engineering Calculus I
MAC 2312 Calculus II or MAC 2282 Engineering Calculus II
MAC 2313 Calculus III or MAC 2283 Engineering Calculus III
Chairperson: P. Mukherjee; Professors: W. Chen, M.K. Kim, P. Mukherjee, G. Nolas, I. Oleynik, H. Srikanth, S. Witanachchi; Associate Professors: M. Batzill, D. Haynie, X. Jiang, G. Matthews, M. Muschol, I. Ponomareva, D. Rabson, L. Woods; Assistant Professor: R. Hoy, D. Karaiskaj, A. Muller, J. Pan, S. Pandit, Z. Shi, G. Ullah, J. Zhou; Instructors: R. Criss, K. Mackay, G. Woods; Eminent Scholar: I. Giaever.
Major Other Information
Teacher Education Programs For information concerning the degree programs for secondary school teachers, see College of Education, Department of Secondary Education.
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This major has an accelerated track that confers an undergraduate and graduate degree upon completion.