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Physics, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months


College policy on advising requires that students meet with their academic advisors at least once each year, and in some departments, prior to each semester’s enrollment. Advising holds are reset following advising appointments. Students with a declared major are advised in their academic units.

Students receiving the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree must complete 120 total credit hours including

  • The IU South Bend campuswide general-education curriculum (33-39 cr.)Note | The Quantitative Reasoning requirement is met by the required mathematics courses for the B.A. in Physics.
  • The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Bachelor of Arts additional requirements(14-23 cr.)Note | The laboratory science requirement is fulfilled by required physics courses.
  • Major concentration and elective requirements.
  • The Required Minor (15-18 cr.) taken in any campus school or interdisciplinary program.
  • A minimum of 30 credit hours at the 300- or 400-level.
  • In addition, major and minor requirements must be completed with a grade of C– or higher.

All courses are 3 credit hours, unless otherwise designated.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Techniques of Theoretical Physics 
  • Fundamentals of Optics 
  • Computing Applications in Physics 
  • Introduction to String Theory 
  • Readings in Physics 

        English Language Requirements

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        Academic Requirements

        Application checklist for National students:

        • Complete the Application for Admission & Pay the Application Fee ($35) 
        • Submit Your Credentials  (high school transcript /GED/high school equivalency diploma and exam scores, and any college transcripts)  
        • Submit Your SAT or ACT Scores 
        • Receive Notice of Admission Decision

        Application checklist for International students:

        • Online Application 
        • Application Fee ($65)
        • Official Academic Records
        • English Language Proficiency Documentation
        • Statement of Purpose (optional)
        • Immigration Documentation (non-US citizens only; not required for an admission decision)
        • Documentation of Financial Support

        Tuition Fee

        • International

          9215 USD/year
          Tuition Fee
          Based on the original amount of 9215 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
        • National

          3300 USD/year
          Tuition Fee
          Based on the original amount of 3300 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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        Living costs for South Bend

        • 885 - 1440 USD/month
          Living Costs

        The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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