Online Bachelor of Arts in Physics

This online physics degree offers a science-oriented liberal education on a broad range of physical phenomena. You’ll learn the fundamental concepts of matter and energy, which are foundational to most branches of science.
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Quick facts

Next start date: 05/18/2020


Total classes: 41

Weeks per class: 7.5

Total credit hours: 120

Details

In one of the few online physics bachelor’s degree programs in the nation, you’ll gain a solid grounding in the basics of physics, with introductory courses in mechanics, electromagnetism, thermodynamics, wave optics and modern physics. The online degree in undergraduate-level physics mirrors the on-campus program, with the same rigorous instruction in high-quality online courses.

What can I do with a BA in physics?

 

The BA in physics is a great path for teachers who wish to teach advanced physics in high school, students seeking a career in laboratory assistant positions in the physical sciences, and IT and engineering careers. Graduates of this online physics degree can obtain jobs in bionics, photonics, audio engineering, software engineering and pharmaceuticals. Students intending to pursue graduate studies in physics will need additional upper division physics coursework depending on the graduate programs they intend to apply.

Can I get a physics degree online?

 

Yes! As a student in the BA in physics program, you’ll have the opportunity to emulate experimental conditions on your computer screen in an advanced lab course with the same alignment protocols and experimental limitations as the in-person course. There’s also an online version of the electronics lab, where you can purchase an inexpensive kit to perform sophisticated electronics experiments with the help of your computer. The online program has an elective course on modern physics that covers special relativity and a broad overview of quantum mechanics as well as a one-credit course in Python Programming.

BA versus BS degrees in physics

 

The BA in physics is a flexible option for students who are interested in a liberal arts degree with a broad knowledge of physics. A BS in physics is for students seeking additional knowledge of physics from the perspective of intensive mathematics and science programs, and who are seeking a graduate program in engineering, mathematics or physics. Graduates of the BA in physics who wish to go on to graduate school may have to take additional courses to be eligible for certain math or physics related programs.

Featured courses


PHY 201: Mathematical Methods in Physics I (CS)


PHY 202: Programming for Physicists


PHY 241: University Physics III


PHY 302: Mathematical Methods in Physics II


PHY 310: Classical Particles, Fields, and Matter I


PHY 311: Classical Particles, Fields, and Matter II


PHY 314: Quantum Physics I


PHY 131: University Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism (SQ)


Related careers

Graduates from this online physics degree have career opportunities illustrated in the following list. Career examples include but are not limited to:

Computer Systems Analyst


Growth: 9.1 %
Salary: $88,270

Engineering Manager


Growth: 5.5 %
Salary: $137,720

Health Sciences Manager


Growth: 9.9 %
Salary: $118,970

High School Teacher


Growth: 7.5 %
Salary: $59,170

Information Technology Specialist


Growth: -22.8 %
Salary: $44,270

Physical Therapist (PT)


Growth: 28 %
Salary: $86,850

Technical Writer


Growth: 11 %
Salary: $70,930

Prestigious faculty

From Royal Society and American Academy fellows to Marshall and Barry Goldwater Scholarship recipients, The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is home to prestigious students and faculty members.

  • Fulbright American Scholars.
  • Guggenheim Fellows.
  • MacArthur Fellows.
  • Nobel laureates.

Prestigious faculty

From Royal Society and American Academy fellows to Marshall and Barry Goldwater Scholarship recipients, The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is home to prestigious students and faculty members.

  • Fulbright American Scholars.
  • Guggenheim Fellows.
  • MacArthur Fellows.
  • Nobel laureates.

Admission requirements

I am a future
You are considered a freshman for application purposes if you have not attended college at all, or have fewer than 12 transferable credit hours (with a minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA).

Don't meet admission requirements?

You can still earn your way into this program through the Earned Admission Pathway. Through this pathway, you can demonstrate your ability to succeed at ASU by completing online courses with a 2.75 GPA or higher.

To begin, submit an application to ASU. An enrollment coach will reach out with more information if the Earned Admission Pathway is right for you.

Don't meet admission requirements?

You can still earn your way into this program through the Earned Admission Pathway. Through this pathway, you can demonstrate your ability to succeed at ASU by completing online courses with a 2.75 GPA or higher.

To begin, submit an application to ASU. An enrollment coach will reach out with more information if the Earned Admission Pathway is right for you.

The largest and most diverse college at ASU

ASU’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences takes a transdisciplinary approach to education with a vast spectrum of degrees in the social sciences, natural sciences and humanities. We inspire students to be socially aware, critical thinkers and global citizens.

25,500+


currently enrolled students.

$140 million


in research expenditures in 2018.

23


interdisciplinary schools and departments.

95+


undergraduate degrees.

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