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Syracuse University, College of Arts and Sciences

B.A. in Physics

Degree Program Information

The Bachelor of Arts Degree in physics is an excellent option for students considering careers in widely varying areas including law, journalism, medicine, finance, teaching, and computational science. In these fields as well as in science a liberal education incorporating serious study of physics is a strong asset.  

The objectives of the B.A. are to foster an understanding of the core areas of physics and encourage analytical and computational skills that are of great value in the workforce.  The B.A. in physics offers increased flexibility to take advantage of elective offerings.  It also offers the possibility of a shortened time-line in comparison with the Bachelor of Science in Physics.

The B.A. requires 30 total credit hours of physics coursework, 18 of which must be in courses numbered 300 or higher.  Of these 30 total credits, only 15 are from required courses allowing a large amount of freedom to take physics and astronomy electives, and permitting students to focus on a subject of interest, such as astronomy, pre-medical school, or computation.  For detailed requirements, see the Physics B.A. listing in the Course Catalog link elsewhere on this page.

For more information, see Physics Advising.