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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

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

Major Requirements

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

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 Programming4 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

Students who plan to take upper-division mathematics courses other than MAT-352 Differential Equations should complete one of the following:

Optional for Math-Physics Majors

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
MAT-280Introduction to Proof: Number Theory1 credits
MAT-281Introduction to Proof: Combinatorics1 credits
MAT-282Introduction to Proof: Sets & Functions1 credits
MAT-283Introduction to Proof: Logic1 credits

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

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
PHY-301Theoretical Mechanics3 credits
PHY-313Thermal Physics2-3 credits
PHY-330Electricity & Magnetism3 credits
PHY-400Quantum Physics2-3 credits

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

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
MAT-ELEC/PHY-ELEC-Any 12 additional credits of 300- or 400-level PHY or MAT courses12 credits

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.

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

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
MAT-494Independent Study1-3 credits
MAT-497Internship1-6 credits
PHY-494Independent Study1-3 credits
PHY-497Internship1-3 credits

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:

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
PHY-240Electrical and Electronic Circuits3 credits
PHY-240LElectircal and Electronic Circuits Laboratory1 credits
MAT-28X
MAT-361Linear Algebra3 credits
MAT-431Complex Analysis3 credits
PHY--All 300 and 400-level Physics Courses

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

Mathematics-Physics Majors may not minor in Physics nor Physical Science.

Mathematics-Physics Majors may not major in Mathematics or Mathematics-Computer Science.

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

Peaks this program fulfills

  • Natural Sciences & Mathematics

Courses and Requirements

19 credits (Total does not include prerequisite courses)

Prerequisites

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
MAT-175Single Variable Calculus4 credits
MAT-275Multivariable Calculus4 credits
MAT-352Differential Equations3 credits

Minor Requirements

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
PHY-271Analytical Physics I4 credits
PHY-271LAnalytical Physics I Lab1 credits
PHY-272Analytical Physics II4 credits
PHY-272LAnalytical Physics II Lab1 credits

Complete 9 credits from the following:

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
PHY-Physics-Upper-Division (300-or-400-level) Courses6 credits
PHY -Physics Coursework - any level3 credits

Completing this minor and 1 additional credit in physics satisfies the state requirements for the secondary education second-teaching field in physics.

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

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