Physics Program

Physics Program

Physics was born from the contemplation of the rationality of the material world.
Albert Einstein opined that
The most incomprehensible thing about the world is that it is comprehensible.

To this, Monseigneur Georges Lemaitre (who discovered dynamical solutions to Einstein's General Relativistic field equations in the cosmological context and and thus, in a sense, "predicted" the Big Bang!), added
Scientific progress is the discovery of a more and more comprehensive simplicity ...
we become ever more conscious of the fact that the universe is cognizable.

Here at AMU, a student who completes the Physics Major program of study and meets all the requirements of the Core Curriculum is awarded a B.A. (Physics). The curricular elements of the program are spelled out in detail in the pages whose links appear in the adjacent column.

The table below illustrates, in a nutshell, the Physics, and Institutional Core, requirements.



 PHYS  five required classes, four electives (16 total cr.)
 MATH  five required
 CHEM  one required, one recommended
 LATN  two required (Core Language)
 THEO  three required
 PHYL  three required 3
 HIST/POLT  three required 3
 LITR  two required 2
 electives  four minumum
 Arts Practica
 two required (zero credit)

Sample plans of study (pdf-format) are linked to below.

1st Year Start               2nd Year Start

The methods of theoretical physics should be applicable to all those branches of thought in which the essential features are expressible with numbers. -Paul A.M. Dirac

Required Course Information and Descriptions

Physics Elective Course Information and Descriptions


For students entering the university in Fall 2012, the Physics Minor consists of four required classes: PHYS 221, 222, 223, 321, and two PHYS electives, numbered above 300.

Students enrolled at the university prior to 2012 must complete three required classes: PHYS 221, 222, 223, along with three PHYS electives numbered above 300.