Mathematics-Physics Major

NSM PEAK

 

The Mathematics-Physics major provides an excellent basis for many post-college paths including teaching, engineering, working in industry or tech-related business fields, and graduate study in physics, astronomy, and various fields of engineering. Our majors enjoy a wide variety of after-college options because of the training they undergo to become independent problem solvers who utilize both physics and mathematics and who can effectively communicate their understanding. The Mathematics-Physics major fulfills the Natural Sciences and Mathematics PEAK.

41 credits

Major Requirements

Complete the Mathematics-Physics Core (16 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.

MAT-175Single Variable Calculus

4 credits

MAT-275Multivariable Calculus

4 credits

CSC-150Computer Science I: Introduction to Computer Science and Programming

3 credits

PHY-271Analytical Physics I

3 credits

PHY-271LAnalytical Physics I Lab

1 credit

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

 

Colloquium requirement

Complete two semesters (1 credit) of Colloquium.

IND-198Natural Sciences and Mathematics Colloquium

0.5 credits

Optional mathematical Proofs course for Mathematics-Physics Majors

Students planning to take upper-division mathematics courses other than MAT-352 Differential Equations must complete the following course (1 credit).

MAT-285Introduction to Proof

1 credit

Required preparatory courses

Complete the follow courses to prepare for upper-level physics (10 credits).

PHY-272Analytical Physics II

3 credits

PHY-272LAnalytical Physics II Lab

1 credit

PHY-283Modern Physics

3 credits

MAT-352Differential Equations

3 credits

Required upper-level coursework in Physics

Complete two of the following courses (6 credits).

PHY-301Theoretical Mechanics

3 credits

PHY-313Thermal Physics

3 credits

PHY-330Electricity & Magnetism

3 credits

PHY-400Quantum Physics

3 credits

Elective upper-level coursework in Mathematics and/or Physics

Complete any MAT and/or PHY upper-level electives (300- or 400-level) other than MAT-352 (6 credits). 

Mathematics-Physics Capstone (3 credits):

PHY-490Mathematics-Physics Capstone

3 credits

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

PHY-235Electronics

3 credits

PHY-235LElectronics Laboratory

1 credit

MAT-285Introduction to Proof

1 credit

MAT-361Linear Algebra

3 credits

MAT-431Complex Analysis

3 credits

PHY--All 300 and 400-level Physics Courses

Mathematics-Physics Majors may not minor in Physical Science.

Mathematics-Physics Majors may not major or minor in Mathematics.

Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this major, students will be able to:

1) Demonstrate foundational knowledge of mathematics and an understanding of core physical theories;
2) Use mathematics, physics, and computational methods to solve physical problems;
3) Employ appropriate experimental methods and designs to independently and collaboratively investigate physical phenomena;
4) Obtain assess, interpret, and communicate physical information; and
5) Demonstrate knowledge of contemporary social and ethical issues related to physics and mathematics.