The best place to earn your degree in Physics is at a liberal arts college. You receive a background in physics that prepares you either to attend graduate school in physics or engineering, or to get a job in teaching, engineering, or research, among other fields. Unlike more narrowly focused programs, at MCLA you get the tools you need for a successful, fulfilling career by experiencing both sides of the liberal arts - the sciences and the humanities.
A typical sequence of courses for the Bachelor of Arts degree might look like the schedule below - not all programs require all the courses listed.
A typical sequence of courses for the Bachelor of Science degree might look like the schedule below - not all programs require all the courses listed.
*these courses are taught on a two-year rotation
The Physics department offers Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees, both with the option of enrolling in the 3-2 program. The BA Program is designed for those whose career plans do not include a purely scientific/technical path, but rather recognize the unique advantage a scientific background, with its inherent analytical skills, brings to diverse careers. The BS Program is designed for those who intend to make Physics, Engineering, or other scientific disciplines their career. The 3-2 program is designed for those who plan to continue in engineering. For this program students spend three years at MCLA and two years UMass, Amherst, resulting in a BA in Physics from MCLA and a BS in Engineering from UMass.
MCLA also offers a Physics Minor, which requires the following courses:
*PHYS 361 Math physics cannot count towards these two courses.