BA in Philosophy & Physics
With this joint major, the Physics and Philosophy Departments enable students to engage with the fundamental, philosophical questions underlying modern physics: the study of matter and energy, and how they interact. This joint degree program provides a framework within which students can better understand some of the more theoretical aspects of the field of physics.
All required courses are 4 credits unless otherwise indicated.
- One course in philosophy (PH) at the 100 level
- CAS PY 251 Principles of Physics 1
- CAS PY 252 Principles of Physics 2
- CAS MA 123 Calculus 1
- CAS MA 124 Calculus 2
At least five courses in philosophy and eight courses in physics/mathematics, with a grade of C or higher, are required.
The following philosophy courses are required:
- CAS PH 270 Philosophy of Science or CAS PH 487 Topics in the Philosophy of Science
- CAS PH 300 History of Ancient Philosophy
- CAS PH 310 History of Modern Philosophy
- either CAS PH 360 Symbolic Logic or PH 468 Philosophical Problems of Logic and Mathematics
- CAS PH 470 Philosophy of Physics, or a directed study in philosophy
The following physics and mathematics courses are required:
- CAS MA 225 Multivariate Calculus
- CAS PY 351 Modern Physics I
- CAS PY 355 Methods of Theoretical Physics
- CAS PY 405 Electromagnetic Fields and Waves I
- CAS PY 406 Electromagnetic Fields and Waves II
- CAS PY 408 Intermediate Mechanics
- CAS PY 451 Quantum Physics I
- CAS PY 452 Quantum Physics II