Physics and Computer Science
Computer Science and Physics Double Major
Since the dawn of the computer age, Computer Science and Physics have been closely intertwined disciplines. Computational physics is now an established branch of physics, complementing experiment and theory, that develops and applies computer modeling approaches to the solution of a wide range of physical problems. At the same time, software development (e.g., for graphics and data mining applications) is increasingly inspired by physics. Computer modeling, including simulation and numerical analysis, is an essential component of modern research and development. Correspondingly, the demand is growing for scientists with multidisciplinary training that combines fundamental knowledge of physics and computer science with practical skills in programming and computation. The Computer Science and Physics double major program is designed to allow students to complete the core requirements of both majors in a four-year degree. Graduates of the program will have a unique background qualifying them to work in industry or to pursue graduate studies in physics, computer science, engineering, or other technical fields.
Major: Computer Science & Physics
Degree Type: B.A. or B.S.
Minimum Degree Credits to Graduate: 122
General Education Requirements for Baccalaureate Degree
- A dynamic list of approved general education courses offered by term is available on the NDSU General Education Requirements website.
- General education courses may be used to satisfy requirements for both general education and the major, minor, and program emphases, where applicable. Students should carefully review the major, minor, and program emphases requirements for minimum grade restrictions, if applicable.
|First Year Experience (F)||1|
|Skills For Academic Success (Also offered with the following prefixes: ABEN, AGRI, BUSN, HD&E, ME, NURS, PHRM)|
|College Composition I|
|College Composition II|
|Fundamentals of Public Speaking|
Upper Division Writing †
|Quantitative Reasoning (R) †||3|
|Science and Technology (S) †||10|
|Humanities and Fine Arts (A) †||6|
|Social and Behavioral Sciences (B) †||6|
|Wellness (W) †||2|
|Cultural Diversity (D) *†|
|Global Perspectives (G) *†|
May be satisfied by completing courses in another General Education category.
May be satisfied with courses required in the major. Review major requirements to determine if a specific upper division writing course is required.
|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. *||12|
|Bachelor of Science (BS) Degree – An additional 6 credits in Humanities or Social Sciences *||6|
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.
A grade of ‘C’ or better is required for all CSCI, PHYS, and AST prefix courses.
|Computer Science Major Requirements|
|CSCI 160||Computer Science I||4|
|CSCI 161||Computer Science II||4|
|CSCI 213||Modern Software Development||3|
|CSCI 336||Theoretical Computer Science||3|
|CSCI 366||Database Systems||3|
|CSCI 372||Comparative Programming Languages||3|
|CSCI 374||Computer Organization and Architechure||3|
|CSCI 467||Algorithm Analysis||3|
|CSCI 474||Operating Systems Concepts||3|
|CSCI Electives||CSCI 313 and/or any 400-level CSCI course that is not already used.||6|
|Physics Major Requirements:|
|PHYS 171||Introductory Projects in Physics||1|
|University Physics I|
and University Physics I Laboratory (May satisfy general education category S)
|PHYS 251R||University Physics I Recitation||1|
|University Physics II|
and University Physics II Laboratory (May satisfy general education category S)
|PHYS 252R||University Physics II Recitation||1|
|PHYS 350||Modern Physics||3|
|PHYS 355||Classical Mechanics (or PHY 330: Internediate Mechanics at MSUM)||3|
|PHYS 360||Modern Physics II||3|
|PHYS 361||Electromagnetic Theory (or PHY 370: Electromagnetic Theory at MSUM)||3|
|PHYS 370||Introduction to Computational Physics||3|
|PHYS 462||Thermal and Statistical Physics||3|
|PHYS 485||Quantum Mechanics I||3|
|PHYS 486||Quantum Mechanics II||3|
|Physics Electives: Select from the following:||6|
|Research For Undergraduates|
|Optics for Scientists & Engineers|
|Lasers for Scientists and Engineers|
|Elements of Photonics|
|Condensed Matter Physics|
|Physics Projects (If not used to satisfy project requirement)|
Astronomy courses (300/400-level) with departmental permissionsion
|Related Required Courses|
|MATH 129||Basic Linear Algebra||3|
|or MATH 429||Linear Algebra|
|MATH 165||Calculus I (May satisfy general education category R)||4|
|MATH 166||Calculus II||4|
|MATH 265||Calculus III||4|
|MATH 266||Introduction to Differential Equations||3|
|MATH 270||Introduction to Abstract Mathematics||3|
|CSCI 445||Software Projects Capstone||3|
|or PHYS 489||Physics Projects|
- Except for courses offered only as pass/fail grading, no course may be taken Pass/Fail.