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BA Physics

 Course Level
Bachelors / UG
Full Time

4 Years
 Start month

 Tuition fee

76000 USD
76000 USD

Application fee

International 75 USD
National 75 USD
Department of Physics
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)7
TOEFL-IBT (min)100
TOEFL-PBT (min)35
SAT (avg)600
ACT (avg)1500

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About this course

Physics is concerned with the study of matter, energy, forces, and their interaction in the world and universe around us. The undergraduate curriculum in the Department of Physics leading to the BA in physics includes a strong emphasis on experiment and covers the broad fundamentals necessary for graduate study in theoretical physics, experimental physics, or astronomy and astrophysics, as well as some fields of engineering and many interdisciplinary specialties requiring a strong technical background

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Eligibility Criteria

The documents necessary for a valid application are mentioned in the "How to Apply" Section.

Transcripts, test scores, secondary school reports, and recommendations are considered official only if they come directly from your school, teachers, counselors, or other recommenders. Any of these materials submitted by the applicant are unofficial, and won’t count toward our application requirements.

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Course Modules

Summary of Requirements

One of the following sequences:
PHYS 13100-13200 Mechanics; Electricity and Magnetism
PHYS 14100-14200 Honors Mechanics; Honors Electricity and Magnetism 
One of the following sequences: 
MATH 15100-15200 Calculus I-II 
MATH 16100-16200 Honors Calculus I-II

One of the following:
PHYS 13300 Waves, Optics, and Heat
PHYS 14300 Honors Waves, Optics, and Heat 

One of the following: 
MATH 15300 Calculus III 
MATH 16300 Honors Calculus III
PHYS 22000 Introduction to Mathematical Methods in Physics

Note: students in PHYS 13300 must take PHYS 22000.

One of the following:
PHYS 22100 Mathematical Methods in Physics
MATH 20500 Analysis in Rn III
MATH 20900 Honors Analysis in Rn III

PHYS 15400 Modern Physics 
PHYS 18500 Intermediate Mechanics 
PHYS 23400-23500 Quantum Mechanics I-II
PHYS 21101-21102-21103 Experimental Physics I-II-III
PHYS 22500-22700 Intermediate Electricity and Magnetism I-II 
PHYS 19700 Statistical and Thermal Physics 

Three electives (to be selected from list of approved courses)

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How to Apply

The following Application Materials are to be submitted by the student to be considered for Undergraduate Admission:

  • Application For Admission: UChicago accepts the Coalition Application, Universal Application, or Common Application
  • Application Fee ($75) or Automatic Fee Waiver
  • Secondary School Report and Transcript
  • Two Teacher Evaluations
  • Standardized Test Scores
  • Midyear Report (first-year applicants only)
  • English Language Proficiency Test Scores (international applicants only) (PBT: 600, IBT: 100, IELTS: 7.0)
  • College Official's Report and Transcript (transfer students only)

Optional Components

  • Financial Aid Application
  • Interview
  • Supplemental Materials

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