BA Degree Core Requirements

Course Number

Credit Hours


12000 1 Introductory Physics Seminar
23101 5 General University Physics I
23102 5 General University Physics II
30020 2 Intermediate Physics Laboratory
35101 4 Classical Mechanics
36001 3 Introductory to Modern Physics
36002 3 Applications of Modern Physics
40020 2 Advanced Physics Lab
45201 4 Electromagnetic Theory
  8 Physics Electives
  37 Total

Course Number

Credit Hours


12002 5 Analytic Geometry & Calculus I*
12003 5 Analytic Geometry & Calculus II
32051 4 Mathematical Methods in the Physical Sciences I
32052 4 Mathematical Methods in the Physical Sciences II
  18 Total
  55 Major Requirements Total

Credit Hours

Kent Core/General Requirements

1 US 10097 (Destination Kent State: FYE)
6 Composition
14 Foreign Language**
3 Humanities***
3 Fine Arts***
3 Humanities or Fine Arts***
9 Social Sciences***
6 Additional
20 General Electives
120 Total for Graduation

* MATH 12001 (Algebra and Trigonometry) is a prerequisite for MATH 12002, which the student with sufficient background should bypass. 

** Most Elementary I and II languages (American Sign Language, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish) require 4 credit hours each and Intermediate I and II for these languages are 3 credit hours each. However, Elementary I and II and Intermediate I and II for Arabic, Chinese, and Japanese require 5 credit hours each. Choosing these languages will increase the Foreign Language requirements and reduce the available number of General Electives.

*** Two Diversity courses are required. One must be selected from the Kent Core program in either the Humanities & Fine Arts or Social Sciences. If both diversity courses can be applied toward the Kent Core requirements, then 12 hours of general electives may be selected. One of the diversity courses must address domestic issues, while the other must address global issues.

Summary of BA General Graduation Requirements:

  • Minimum of 120 total hours, 42 upper-division hours
  • Minimum of 2.00 cumulative GPA and 2.00 GPA in major(s) / minor(s)
  • Maximum of 12 pass / fail hours
  • Residency requirement - first 91 or last 30 hours must be completed at KSU
  • Writing-Intensive Requirement
  • Participation in Outcomes Assessment (MFAT in Physics)