PEAK Majors

PEAKS | NSM

The Mathematics and Physical Sciences Core provides a strong mathematical background to all Mathematics and Mathematics-Physics majors in our Department. This collection of courses incorporates mathematical methods and concepts and fundamentals of computer programming along with the foundational course in Analytical Physics as an introduction to problem-solving, abstract analysis, and applications.

Mathematics-Physics Major

37-40 credits (Total does not include prerequisite courses)

Course Course Title Credits

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

Complete the Mathematics-Physics Core (18-19 credits):

MAT-175

Single Variable Calculus*

4

MAT-275

Multivariable Calculus

4

[Optional for Math-Physics Majors]
MAT-280 or
MAT-281 or
MAT-282 or
MAT-283

Students who plan to take upper-division mathematics cources other than MAT-352 Differential Equations should complete one of the following:
Introduction to Proof: Number Theory or
Introduction to Proof: Combinatorics or
Introduction to Proof: Sets and Functions or
Introduction to Proof: Logic


1

CSC-150

Computer Science I

4

PHY-271

Analytical Physics I and Laboratory

5

MAT-199 and/or PHY-199

Math and Physics Colloquium (2 semesters at 0.5 credit each)

1

Complete 6 upper-division credits in Physics (6 credits) by completing any two of the following:

PHY-301
PHY-313
PHY-330
PHY-400

Theoretical Mechanics
Thermal Physics
Electricity and Magnetism
Quantum Physics


6

Complete upper-division elective coursework in Mathematics and Physics (12 credits):

MAT-ELEC or
PHY-ELEC

Any 12 additional credits of 300- or 400-level PHY or MAT courses.**

12

Complete an independent study or internship (1-3 credits):

MAT-494 or
MAT-497 or
PHY-494 or
PHY-497***

Independent Study or
Internship or
Independent Study or
Internship

1-3

Notes

*Depending on placement, completion of MAT-150 Applied Calculus: A Modeling Approach may be required prior to enrolling in MAT-175.

**A maximum of 3 credits of independent work (MAT-494, PHY-494, MAT-497, PHY-497, or other) may be counted toward the upper-division elective requirements.

***Other forms of independent work may be accepted with departmental approval.

Students interested in graduate study in physics are strongly encouraged to take the following courses:

PHY-240/240L Electrical and Electronic Circuits and Laboratory

MAT-28X Introduction to Proof (any version)

MAT-361 Linear Algebra

MAT-431 Complex Analysis

PHY-3XX/4XX All 300- and 400-level Physics Courses

Students pursuing graduate study should take PHY-313 and PHY-400 for the maximum 3 credits.