Physics Program

Students who complete the Arts & Sciences Physics Program will earn a B.S. in Physics from the College of Arts & Sciences. There are four options for students to choose from when pursuing this degree. These options are designed to allow maximum flexibility for students interested in physics and allow a student to use their physics training for a wide variety of career paths after graduation. The various career paths alumni of this program have chosen include employment as a scientist, engineer, or teacher; pursuit of a graduate degree in Physics, Astronomy, or Math; and pursuit of careers in other areas such as Medicine, Law, or Business.

Please note that The Ohio State University does not offer a B.A. program in physics.

B.S. Physics Requirements

Procedures for Arts and Sciences Physics Students

Required courses for all options with in the Arts & Sciences Physics Program

A prerequisite flowchart for physics classes

Sample Schedules

Enrolling in the Physics Program

To enroll in the B.S. Physics program at OSU, please send an email to the physics academic advisor, Lindsey Thaler, at thaler.21@osu.edu. 

Academic Standards Policy

The following conditions must be met to be considered in good academic standing in the Arts and Sciences Physics degree program at Ohio State:

  1. A term point-hour ratio of a 2.0 or above in all courses taken at The Ohio State University (TPHR).
  2. A cumulative point-hour ratio of a 2.0 or above in all courses taken at The Ohio State University (CPHR).
  3. A point-hour ratio of a 2.0 or above in all required major courses taken at The Ohio State University (MPHR)

Students are eligible for Special Action Probation (SAP) for grades if they fail to maintain a 2.00 TPRH, CPHR, or MPHR.

Students on SAP for grades will be required to earn at least a 2.00 TPHR during their next term of enrollment.

After a student is placed on SAP for grades, there are three possible outcomes:

  • Return to good academic standing
    • Students on SAP for grades will return to good academic standing when they achieve at least a 2.00 in their TPHR, CPHR, and MPHR without recieving any "W" or "I" marks on their transcript.
  • Continue on SAP for grades
    • Students on SAP for grades will be continued on SAP for grades until they achieve at least a 2.00 in their CPHR, as long as they continue to earn at least a 2.00 TPHR and MPHR.
  • Be dismissed from the Arts and Sciences Physics major program
    • Students on SAP for grades will be dismissed from the Arts and Sciences Physics major program if the terms of their probation are not met.
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