Mathematics and Physical Sciences
The study of mathematics or the physical sciences requires a combination of creative thinking, detailed analysis, and organized problemsolving skills. At The College of Idaho we provide the opportunity to expand and develop these skills as you acquire a broad range of mathematical and scientific knowledge.
Why study Mathematics, Computer Science and Physical Sciences at The College of Idaho?
Our department provides an engaging and pragmatic curriculum that fosters student understanding of the nature and structure of mathematics and physical sciences, and encourages exploration of computational methods and mathematical applications. Our professors are dedicated to helping students develop critical thinking skills that are necessary for understand a rapidly changing and technologicallydriven world.
The College offers majors in mathematics, mathematicscomputer science and mathematicsphysics which both include core coursework incorporating programming, problemsolving, abstract analysis and applications, and additional upperdivision courses in mathematics or physics. Minors are offered in mathematics, physics, computer science in the natural sciences. A dualdegree engineering minor provides tracks in biological systems engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, computer engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, environmental engineering and mechanical engineering.
Career Opportunities for C of I Mathematics and Physical Science Students
An understanding of mathematics and the nature of matter and energy, along with the ability to think critically and solve problems, is essential to many careers. Our graduates have pursued successful careers in a wide variety of fields including business, computer programming, economics, education, engineering, finance, law and medicine.
Majors
Mathematics Major
Course  Course Title  Credits 

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS  
Core Requirements  
CSC150  Computer Science I  4 
MAT150  Applied Calculus (MAT151 is equivalent)  4 
MAT152  Calculus II  4 
MAT251  Calculus III  4 
Complete 1 course from the following:  
PHY230  Digital Electronics  3 
PHY240  Electronics and Laboratory  4 
PHY271  Analytical Physics and Laboratory  4 
Additional Requirements  
MAT494  Independent Study  13 
MAT ELEC  Mathematics Upper Division (300level or above) Coursework  18 
Elective upper division courses must include at least two of the following courses:  
MAT431  Complex Variables  3 
MAT441  Topology  3 
MAT451  Real Analysis  3 
MAT461  Algebraic Structures  3 
Student Learning Outcomes
 Discover and utilize effective analysis and problem solving skills in mathematics and mathematical applications.
 Effectively express disciplinespecific content and articulate broad connections among disciplines verbally, mathematically and through written works.
 Demonstrate an awareness of the role of mathematics, mathematical applications and technology in the larger community including, but not limited to: knowledge of ethical standards, the ramifications of technological advances and activities, and the role of all mathematics in society.
Note: Students interested in graduate work in mathematics are strongly encouraged to take the following courses:
 MAT451 Real Analysis
 MAT461 Algebraic Structures
Mathematics  Computer Science Major
Course  Course Title  Credits 

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS  
CSC150  Computer Science I  4 
CSC152  Computer Science II  4 
CSC160  Introduction to Computer Architecture  3 
CSC235  Programming Languages  3 
CSC270  Applied Databases  3 
CSC340  Design and Analysis of Algorithms  3 
CSC350  Formal Languages and Automata  3 
CSC440,  Operating Systems,  3 
CSC480  Software Engineering and Senior Design I  2 
CSC481  Software Engineering and Senior Design II  1 
CSC482  Software Engineering and Senior Design III  3 
MAT150 or MAT152  Applied Calculus (MAT151 is equivalent) Calculus II  4 
MAT299  Introduction to Proof  1 
MAT252  Discrete Mathematics  3 
MAT361  Linear Algebra  3 
PHY230  Digital Electronics and Laboratory  4 
SPE101  Basic Public Speaking  3 
Note: MathematicsComputer Science majors may not minor in either Computer Studies or Computer Science.
Mathematics  Physics Major
Course  Course Title  Credits 

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS  
Core Requirements  
CSC150  Computer Science I  4 
MAT150  Applied Calculus (MAT151 is equivalent)  4 
MAT152  Calculus II  4 
MAT251  Calculus III  4 
Complete 1 course from the following:  
PHY230  Digital Electronics  3 
PHY240  Electronics and Laboratory  4 
PHY271  Analytical Physics and Laboratory  4 
Additional Requirements  
PHY494  Independent Study  13 
MAT/PHY ELEC  Mathematics or Physics Upper Division (300level or above) Coursework (MAT or PHY)  18 
Elective upper division courses must include at least two of the following courses:  
PHY301  Theoretical Mechanics  3 
PHY313  Thermal Physics  3 
PHY330  Electricity and Magnetism  3 
PHY400  Quantum Physics  23 
Student Learning Outcomes
 Communicates effectively, using the language, concepts, and processes of mathematics and physics.
 Uses the methodologies of mathematics and physics to define and solve problems independently and collaboratively.
 Uses a wide variety of laboratory techniques with accuracy and precision.
 Finds, selects, and uses appropriate scientific and mathematical information to support his/her work.
 Uses different strategies to analyze and synthesize physical data.
 Critiques the data, strategies, and models used in mathematics and physics.
Note: Students interested in graduate work in physics are strongly encouraged to take the following courses:
 PHY240/240L Analog Electronics and Laboratory
 MAT431 Complex Variables
 PHY All UpperDivision (300/400 level) Physics Courses
Minors
Course  Course Title  Credits 

MINOR REQUIREMENTS  
MAT150 or  Applied Calculus (MAT151 is equivalent)  4 
MAT252  Discrete Mathematics  3 
CSC150  Computer Science I  4 
CSC152  Computer Science II  4 
CSC160  Introduction to Computer Architecture  3 
CSC270  Applied Databases  3 
CSC235 or  Programming Languages or  3 
Student Learning Outcomes
 Critical Thinking
 Analytical Reasoning
 Problem Solving
Note: Students may elect to minor in Computer Studies (Natural Sciences and Mathematics PEAK)or in Computer Science (Professional Studies and Enhancements PEAK), but not both. MathematicsComputer Science majors may not minor in either Computer Studies or Computer Science.
Course  Course Title  Credits 

PREREQUISITES  
MAT150  Applied Calculus (MAT151 is equivalent)  4 
MAT152  Calculus II  4 
MAT299T  Introduction to Proof  1 
MINOR REQUIREMENTS:  
Complete 18 credits from the following:  
MAT  Mathematics UpperDivision (300 or 400level) Courses  6 
MAT  Mathematics Coursework  any level  12 
CSC  4 crs of Computer Science may be substituted in requirement 

Complete 3 credits from 1 of the following sciences:  
BIO  Biology  3 
CHE  Chemistry  3 
GOL  Geology  3 
PHY  Physics  3 
Students who wish to satisfy the requirements for a second teaching field in Secondary Education must complete 20 credits of mathematics (MAT) courses including the following courses:
Course  Course Title  Credits 

MAT125 or MAT312  Data Analysis & Statistics or Probability & Mathematical Statistics  3 
MAT252  Discrete Mathematics  3 
MAT311  Probability  3 
MAT361  Linear Algebra  3 
MAT370  Geometry  3 
Student Learning Outcomes
 Discover and utilize effective analysis and problem solving skills in mathematics and mathematical applications.
 Effectively express disciplinespecific content and articulate broad connections among disciplines verbally, mathematically and through written works.
 Demonstrate an awareness of the role of mathematics, mathematical applications and technology in the larger community including but not limited to : a knowledge of ethical standards, the ramifications of technological advances and activities and the role of all mathematics in society.
Course  Course Title  Credits 

PREREQUISITES  
MAT152  Calculus II  4 
MAT251  Calculus III  4 
MAT352  Differential Equations  3 
MINOR REQUIREMENTS  
PHY271  Analytical Physics I & Laboratory  5 
PHY272  Analytical Physics II & Laboratory  5 
Complete 9 credits from the following:  
PHY  Physics UpperDivision (300 or 400level) Courses  6 
PHY  Physics Coursework  any level  3 
Completing this minor and 1 additional credit in physics satisfies the state requirements for the secondary education secondteaching field in physics.
Student Learning Outcomes
 Students will gain skills and concepts necessary to understand modern physics and physics laboratory methods.
 Students will develop an understanding of modern physics theories.
 Students will develop problem solving and analysis skills appropriate for the field.
 Students will communicate physical ideas both orally and in writing.
Course  Course Title  Credits 

MINOR REQUIREMENTS  
MAT/PHY  Mathematics and/or Physics UpperDivision (300 or 400level) Courses  9 
Acceptance to an approved engineering program  
The following courses are required for most fields of engineering and most computer science programs:  
CHE141  General Chemistry I & Laboratory  4 
MAT150  Applied Calculus  4 
MAT152  Calculus II  4 
MAT251  Calculus III  4 
PHY170  Engineering Analysis  2 
PHY271  Analytical Physics I & Laboratory  5 
PHY272  Analytical Physics II & Laboratory  5 
Additional Humanities electives as specified by the partner dualdegree institution. 
Student Learning Outcomes
 Students will gain skills and concepts necessary to understand the principles and practice of engineering.
 Students will develop problem solving and analysis skills appropriate for the field.
 Students will communicate science and engineering ideas both orally and in writing.
*Note: The required courses specific to the DualDegree Engineering Minor depend upon the Engineering field and the engineering institution. Every student completing this Minor should closely consult with a dualdegree engineering advisor to choose appropriate College of Idaho courses.