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Overview

The nature of physics makes an understanding of its principles, techniques and limitations important in the understanding of all sciences.

This program will challenge you to:

  • Build a solid foundation in math and physics that will allow for maximum academic exploration and career flexibility.
  • Appreciate the historical connections to metaphysics and natural philosophy.
  • Apply physical science in lab experiments and other practical, hands-on settings.
Humanities & Fine Arts Social Sciences & History Natural Sciences & Mathematics Professional Studies & Enhancements
Major
Mathematics-Physics Major

Peaks this program fulfills

  • Natural Sciences & Mathematics

Courses and Requirements

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40-41 credits

Major Requirements

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

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.

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
MAT-175Single Variable Calculus4 credits
MAT-275Multivariable Calculus4 credits
CSC-150Computer Science I: Introduction to Computer Science and Programming3 credits
PHY-271Analytical Physics I4 credits
PHY-271LAnalytical Physics I Lab1 credits
MAT-199Math & Physics Colloquium
and/or
PHY-199Math & Physics Colloquium

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

MAT-199, PHY-199: 2 Semesters at 0.5 credit each

 

Optional for Mathematics-Physics Majors (1 credit):

Students planning to take upper-division mathematics courses other than MAT-352 Differential Equations must complete the following:

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
MAT-285Introduction to Proof1 credits

Complete required preparatory courses in Mathematics and Physics (8 credits)

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
PHY-272Analytical Physics II4 credits
PHY-272LAnalytical Physics II Lab1 credits
MAT-352Differential Equations3 credits

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

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
PHY-301Theoretical Mechanics3 credits
PHY-313Thermal Physics3 credits
PHY-330Electricity & Magnetism3 credits
PHY-400Quantum Physics3 credits

Complete upper-division elective coursework in Mathematics and Physics (6 credits):

MAT and/or PHY Electives: Six credits of 300- or 400-level PHY or MAT courses

Complete the Mathematics-Physics Capstone (3 credits):

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
PHY-490Mathematics-Physics Capstone3 credits

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

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
PHY-235Electronics3 credits
PHY-235LElectronics Laboratory1 credits
MAT-285Introduction to Proof1 credits
MAT-361Linear Algebra3 credits
MAT-431Complex Analysis3 credits
PHY--All 300 and 400-level Physics Courses

Mathematics-Physics Majors may not minor in Physical Science.

Mathematics-Physics Majors may not major in Mathematics.

Humanities & Fine Arts Social Sciences & History Natural Sciences & Mathematics Professional Studies & Enhancements
Minor
Physical Sciences Minor

Peaks this program fulfills

  • Natural Sciences & Mathematics

Courses and Requirements

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15 - 17 credits

Minor Requirements

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
MAT-150Applied Calculus: a Modeling Approach4 credits

MAT-150 or higher level math course (excluding MAT-221/MAT-222 Mathematics for Elementary Teachers I and II)

Complete 2 courses from the following:

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
CHE-141General Chemistry I4 credits
CHE-141LGeneral Chemistry Laboratory I
CHE-142General Chemistry II4 credits
CHE-142LGeneral Chemistry Laboratory II
 
PHY-231General Physics I3 credits
PHY-231LGeneral Physics I Lab1 credits
or
PHY-271Analytical Physics I4 credits
PHY-271LAnalytical Physics I Lab1 credits
 
PHY-232General Physics II3 credits
PHY-232LGeneral Physics II Lab1 credits
or
PHY-272Analytical Physics II4 credits
PHY-272LAnalytical Physics II Lab1 credits

And complete at least 3 additional credits in PHY, CHE, or GEO

Mathematics-Physics Majors may not minor in Physics or Physical Science.

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