Below is a sample 4-year plan for students pursuing the BA in Physics with a concentration in Computational Physics. To view the list of courses approved to fulfill KU Core Goals, please visit the KU Core website.

This degree plan assumes students will have the equivalent of MATH 101 or MATH 104 prior to freshman year, fall semester.

ENGL 101 (Goal 2.1 (2 crs req), BA Writing I)13ENGL 102 (Goal 2.1 (2 crs req), BA Writing II)3
1st Semester Language (BA Second Language)52nd Semester Language (BA Second Language)5
MATH 125 (Major Pre-requisite)4MATH 126 (Major Pre-requisite)4
CHEM 130 (Major Pre-requisite)5Goal 2.2 Communication3
 PHSX 150 (Major Requirement)0.5
 17 15.5
3rd Semester Language (BA Second Language)34th Semester Language, or 1st semester of Another Language (BA Second Language)3-5
Goal 2.2 Communication3ECON 142 (Goal 3 Social Science, Major Pre-requisite)3
MATH 320 or 220 (Major Pre-requisite)3PHIL 310 (Goal 3 Humanities, Major Pre-requisite)3
PHSX 211
  & PHSX 216 (Major Requirement), or
5MATH 290 (Major Pre-requisite)2
 PHSX 212
  & PHSX 236 (Major Requirement), or
Elective or possible minor course (Total Hours)2 
 16 15-17
Goal 1.1 Critical Thinking3Goal 4.2 Global Awareness3
Goal 4.1 US Diversity 3Goal 5 Social Responsibility & Ethics 3
PHSX 313
  & PHSX 316 (Major Requirement)3
4EECS 268 (Major Pre-requisite)4
EECS 168 (Major Pre-requisite)4PHSX 521 (Major Requirement)3
 Elective or possible minor course 300+ (Total Hours)3
 14 16
PHSX 531 (Major Requirement)3PHSX 500 (Goal 6 Integration & Creativity, Major Requirement)1-5
PHSX 516 or 536 (Major Requirement)44PHSX 536 or 516 (or elective (Major Requirement))44
Elective or possible minor course 300+ (Total Hours)3PHSX 615 (Major Requirement)3
Elective or possible minor course 300+ (Total Hours)3Elective or possible minor course 300+ (Total Hours)3
Elective or possible minor course 300+ (Total Hours)3Elective or possible minor course 300+ (Total Hours)3
 16 14-18
Total Hours: 123.5-129.5

The BA requires completion of two courses of collegiate-level writing instruction. Students who test out of Composition will still need to complete ENGL 102 (or equivalent) and one additional Goal 2.1 course. 


Prerequisite for MATH 121: MATH 104; or MATH 103; or three years of college preparatory mathematics including trigonometry and a score of 28 or higher on ACT mathematics; or a qualifying score on the mathematics placement test. 


MATH 320 or MATH 220 is a pre-requisite for PHSX 313. 


Either PHSX 536 or PHSX 516 is required for the major, not both.

Please note:

All students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences are required to completed 120 total hours of which 45 hours must be at the Jr/Sr (300+) level, and 100 hours must be from within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

The same course cannot be used to fulfill more than one KU Core Goal. However, overlap of a KU Core course with a major or degree-specific requirement is allowed. Overlapping is recommended to allow more opportunities to explore other majors and/or minors.