BA Physics


Learn how the universe works at a deep, fundamental level.

Program Description

Physics is concerned with the nature, structure and interactions of matter and radiation. The BA program in physics provides a flexible and efficient option for students who are interested in a liberal arts degree with broad knowledge of physics. This degree program also is ideal for students seeking to complete two degrees, with physics as the second degree.

The program combines innovative learning methods with time-tested classroom and laboratory experiences for an education that is thorough in physics training and flexible enough to encourage interdisciplinary opportunities in areas such as chemistry, biology and materials science.


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At a Glance: program details

  • Location: Tempe campus, or ONLNE
  • Additional Program Fee: Yes
  • Second Language Requirement: Yes
  • First Required Math Course: MAT 270 - Calculus w/Analytic Geometry I
  • Math Intensity: Substantial program math intensity substantial




Admission Requirements

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements.

Freshman Transfer International Readmission

Transfer Options

ASU is committed to helping students thrive by offering tools that allow personalization of the transfer path to ASU. Students may use the Transfer Map search to outline a list of recommended courses to take prior to transfer.

ASU has transfer partnerships in Arizona and across the country to create a simplified transfer experience for students. These pathway programs include exclusive benefits, tools and resources, and help students save time and money in their college journey. Students may learn more about these programs by visiting the admission site: https://admission.asu.edu/transfer/pathway-programs.



Change of Major Requirements

A current ASU student has no additional requirements for changing majors.

Students should refer to https://changingmajors.asu.edu/request for information about how to change a major to this program.





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Career Outlook

Graduates with a Bachelor of Arts degree in physics may pursue such careers as:

  • patent scientist
  • radiation physicist
  • research or lab assistant
  • science policy analyst
  • secondary science teacher
  • technology support analyst

Example Careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:

Computer Systems Analyst


  • Growth: 9.1%
  • Median Salary*: $88,270

Editor


  • Growth: -1.4%
  • Median Salary*: $58,770

Health Sciences Manager


  • Growth: 9.9%
  • Median Salary*: $118,970
Green Occupation   Bright Outlook

High School Teacher


  • Growth: 7.5%
  • Median Salary*: $59,170

Information Technology Specialist


  • Growth: -22.8%
  • Median Salary*: $44,270

Physical Therapist (PT)


  • Growth: 28.0%
  • Median Salary*: $86,850
  Bright Outlook

Technical Writer


  • Growth: 11.0%
  • Median Salary*: $70,930
  Bright Outlook

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).



Global Opportunities

Global Experience

With over 250 programs in more than 65 countries (ranging from one week to one year), study abroad is possible for all ASU students wishing to gain global skills and knowledge in preparation for a 21st-century career. Students earn ASU credit for completed courses, while staying on track for graduation, and may apply financial aid and scholarships toward program costs. https://mystudyabroad.asu.edu



Attend Online

ASU offers this program in an online format with multiple enrollment sessions throughout the year. Applicants may view the program description and request more information here.



Program Contact Information

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