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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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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-175 Single Variable Calculus 4 credits
MAT-275 Multivariable Calculus 4 credits
CSC-150 Computer Science I: Introduction to Computer Science and Programming 4 credits
PHY-271 Analytical Physics I 4 credits
PHY-271L Analytical Physics I Lab 1 credits
     
MAT-199 Math & Physics Colloquium  
  and/or  
PHY-199 Math & 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-280 Introduction to Proof: Number Theory 1 credits
MAT-281 Introduction to Proof: Combinatorics 1 credits
MAT-282 Introduction to Proof: Sets & Functions 1 credits
MAT-283 Introduction to Proof: Logic 1 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-301 Theoretical Mechanics 3 credits
PHY-313 Thermal Physics 2-3 credits
PHY-330 Electricity & Magnetism 3 credits
PHY-400 Quantum Physics 2-3 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 courses 12 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-494 Independent Study 1-3 credits
MAT-497 Internship 1-6 credits
PHY-494 Independent Study 1-3 credits
PHY-497 Internship 1-3 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-240 Electrical and Electronic Circuits 3 credits
PHY-240L Electircal and Electronic Circuits Laboratory 1 credits
  MAT-28X  
MAT-361 Linear Algebra 3 credits
MAT-431 Complex Analysis 3 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

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19 credits (Total does not include prerequisite courses)

Prerequisites

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
MAT-175 Single Variable Calculus 4 credits
MAT-275 Multivariable Calculus 4 credits
MAT-352 Differential Equations 3 credits

 

Minor Requirements

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
PHY-271 Analytical Physics I 4 credits
PHY-271L Analytical Physics I Lab 1 credits
PHY-272 Analytical Physics II 4 credits
PHY-272L Analytical Physics II Lab 1 credits

 

Complete 9 credits from the following:

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
PHY- Physics-Upper-Division (300-or-400-level) Courses 6 credits
PHY - Physics Coursework - any level 3 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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