(Link to requirements for students admitted before Fall 2014)

Core Requirements for B.A. Major in Physics and Astronomy

  • PHYS 118 (gateway)
  • PHYS 119, 201 or 401, 211 or 311, 281L, and 331†
  • 3 additional courses for one of 5 areas of concentration (Options below)

Candidates for the B.A. degree must earn grades of C (not C-) or better in at least 18 credit hours of courses listed under Core Requirements.
† Do a project relevant for your major option.


B.A. Standard Option

  • 3 courses chosen from ASTR > 300 and PHYS > 200

Additional requirements

  • CHEM 101/101L and 102/102L
  • MATH 231, 232, 233, and 383

B.A. Astronomy Option

  • 2 courses chosen from ASTR > 300
  • 1 course chosen from ASTR > 300 and PHYS 231, 295, 395, 585
      † Do an astrophysics project for PHYS 331

Additional requirements

  • ASTR 101, 101L or 111L, 102, and 301
  • MATH 231, 232, 233, and 383

B.A. Biological Physics Option

  • PHYS 405
  • PHYS 441 or CHEM 481
  • PHYS 585 (capstone)

Additional requirements

  • BIOL 101
  • CHEM 101/101L and 102/102L
  • MATH 231, 232, 233, and 383
  • Six additional credits chosen from BIOL > 200, CHEM 261, 262, 430, and PHYS > 200

B.A. Energy Option

  • PHYS 131, 131L or 281L, and 351
  • PHYS 581 or 582

Additional requirements

  • BIOL 101/101L, and 202 or 271
  • CHEM 101/101L 102, 261, and 481
  • MATH 231, 232, 233, and 383

B.A. Quantitative Finance Option

  • PHYS 441 or CHEM 481
  • 2 courses chosen from BUSI > 400, MATH > 200, and PHYS > 200

Additional requirements

  • BUSI 408*, 580, 588, 589, 600, and 688
  • CHEM 101 and 102
  • MATH 231, 232, 233, and 383

*BUSI 101 and ECON 410 are prerequisites for BUSI 408

Typical schedules

PHYSICS B.A.
Standard option
PHYSICS B.A.
Astronomy option
PHYSICS B.A.
Energy option
PHYSICS B.A.
Biological option
PHYSICS B.A.
Quantative finance option
Freshman
Fall
MATH 231, CHEM 101/101L MATH 231, ASTR 101/101L MATH 231, CHEM 101/101L, BIOL 101/101L MATH 231, CHEM 101/101L, BIOL 101 MATH 231, CHEM 101
Spring MATH 232, CHEM 102/102L PHYS 118, MATH 232 PHYS 118, MATH 232, CHEM 102 PHYS 118, MATH 232, CHEM 102/102L PHYS 118, MATH 232, CHEM 102
Sophomore
Fall
PHYS 118, MATH 233 PHYS 119, MATH 233 PHYS 119, MATH 233, BIOL 202 or 271 PHYS 119, MATH 233, CHEM 241 PHYS 119, MATH 233
Spring PHYS 119, MATH 383 PHYS 281L, MATH 383 PHYS 131, PHYS 131L or 281L, MATH 383, CHEM 261 PHYS 281L, MATH 383, * PHYS 331, MATH 383
Junior
Fall
PHYS 281L, PHYS 211 or PHYS 311 ASTR 102, ASTR 301, PHYS 211 or PHYS 311 PHYS 211 or PHYS 311 PHYS 405, * PHYS 211 or 311, PHYS 441 or CHEM 481, BUSI 408
Spring PHYS 201 or PHYS 401, PHYS 331, * PHYS 201 or PHYS 401, PHYS 331†, * PHYS 201 or 401, PHYS 331, CHEM 481 PHYS 201 or 401, PHYS 331, * PHYS 201 or 401, PHYS 281L, BUSI 580
Senior
Fall
* * PHYS 351 PHYS 211 or 311, PHYS 441 or CHEM 481 BUSI 588, BUSI 589, *
Spring * * PHYS 581 or 582 PHYS 585 BUSI 600, BUSI 688, *
* 3 courses chosen from ASTR > 300 and PHYS > 200. * 2 courses chosen from ASTR > 300. 1 course chosen from ASTR > 300 and PHYS 231, 295, 395, 585.
† Do an astrophysics project for PHYS 331.
* 6 credits chosen from BIOL > 200, CHEM 261, 262, 430, and PHYS > 200. * 2 courses chosen from BUSI > 400, MATH > 200, and PHYS > 200.

To obtain further information, please contact Professor Frank Tsui.