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Mathematics and Physics

Mathematics and Physics

This program is intended for students who desire additional mathematical background and preparation for graduate school or technical careers in the sciences, especially theoretical physics.

Major Requirements

Major: Mathematics & Physics

Degree Type: B.A. or B.S.
Required Degree Credits to Graduate: 132

General Education Requirements

First Year Experience (F):
UNIV 189Skills For Academic Success (Students transferring in 24 or more credits do not need to take UNIV 189.)1
Communication (C):
ENGL 110College Composition I3
ENGL 120College Composition II3
One Course in Upper Level Writing: Select from current general education list3
COMM 110Fundamentals of Public Speaking3
Quantitative Reasoning (R):
MATH 165Calculus I4
Science & Technology (S):
PHYS 251
University Physics I
and University Physics I Laboratory
PHYS 252
University Physics II
and University Physics II Laboratory
Humanities & Fine Arts (A): Select from current general education list6
Social & Behavioral Sciences (B): Select from current general education list6
Wellness (W): Select from current general education list2
Cultural Diversity (D): Select from current general education list
Global Perspectives (G): Select from current general education list
Total Credits41

College Requirements

Bachelor of Science (BS) Degree – An additional 6 credits in Humanities or Social Sciences*

Bachelor of Arts (BA) Degree – An additional 12 credits Humanities and Social Sciences* and proficiency at the second year level in a modern foreign language.

*  Humanities and Social Sciences may be fulfilled by any course having the following prefix: ADHM, ANTH, ARCH, ART, CJ, CLAS, COMM, ECON, ENGL, FREN, GEOG, GERM, HDFS, HIST, LA, LANG, MUSC, PHIL, POLS, PSYC, RELS, SOC, SPAN, THEA, WGS, or any course from the approved list of general education courses in humanities and social sciences (general education categories A and B). These credits must come from outside the department of the student’s major.

Major Requirements

A grade of ‘C’ or better is required for all MATH, PHYS, and AST prefix courses.

General Education Requirements40
College of Science and Mathematics Requirements6-12
Mathematics Major Requirements
MATH 166Calculus II4
MATH 265Calculus III4
MATH 266Introduction to Differential Equations3
MATH 270Introduction to Abstract Mathematics3
MATH 420Abstract Algebra I3
MATH 429Linear Algebra3
MATH 450Real Analysis I3
MATH 421Abstract Algebra II3
or MATH 451 Real Analysis II
MATH 491Seminar2
Mathematics ElectivesAny MATH prefix course 400-level or higher (MATH 488 & MATH 489 are recommended)6
Physics Major Requirements
PHYS 171Introductory Projects in Physics1
PHYS 251RUniversity Physics I Recitation1
PHYS 252RUniversity Physics II Recitation1
PHYS 350Modern Physics3
PHYS 360Modern Physics II3
PHYS 361Electromagnetic Theory (or PHYS 370: Electromagnetic Theory (MSUM))3-4
PHYS 370Introduction to Computational Physics3
Select one of the following:3-4
Classical Mechanics
PHYS 330
Intermediate Mechanics (MSUM)
PHYS 462Heat & Thermodynamics3
PHYS 485Quantum Mechanics I3
PHYS 486Quantum Mechanics II3
PHYS 489Physics Projects3
Physics Electives: Select 3 of the following:9
Research For Undergraduates
Optics for Scientists & Engineers
Lasers for Scientists and Engineers
Elements of Photonics
Statistical Mechanics
Introduction to Solid State Physics
Astronomy courses (300/400-level) with departmental pemission
Related Required Courses
Computer Science:
CSCI 160Computer Science I4
Chemistry: Select one of the following (150/160 recommended):4
Principles of Chemistry I
and Principles of Chemistry Laboratory I
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Laboratory
Select one of the following (151/161 recommended):4
Principles of Chemistry II
and Principles of Chemistry Laboratory II
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Laboratory
Total Credits132-140

Program Notes

  • Except for courses offered only as pass/fail grading, no course may be taken Pass/Fail.
PHYS 1711PHYS 2514
UNIV 1891PHYS 251L1
MATH 1654PHYS 251R1
CHEM 1503MATH 1664
CHEM 1601COMM 1103
ENGL 110credit automatically granted if you earn a "C" in ENGL 1203CHEM 1513
ENGL 120can enroll in ENGL 120 if ACT score > 173CHEM 1611
Wellness Elective 2 
 18 17
PHYS 2524PHYS 3503
PHYS 252L1MATH 2663
PHYS 252R1CSCI 1604
MATH 2654MATH 4293
MATH 2703Humanities/Fine Arts Elective3
Humanities/Fine Arts Elective3Social/Behavioral Science Elective3
 16 19
PHYS 3603PHYS 3703
PHYS 4553PHYS 4863
PHYS 4853ENGL 3243
MATH 4203MATH 4213
MATH 4503or MATH 451 Real Analysis II  
 Social/Behavioral Science Elective3
 15 15
PHYS 3613PHYS 4893
PHYS 4623PHYS 4633
Physics Elective3Physics Elective 3
MATH 4XX Math Elective3MATH 4XX Math Elective 3
Humanities/Fine Arts Elective3MATH 4912
 Social/Behavioral Science Elective3
 15 17
Total Credits: 132