Mathematics and Physics

Mathematics & Physics BS

This interdisciplinary major provides a foundation in physical sciences with a strong emphasis on the mathematical techniques needed for analysis and modeling. It prepares the student for science or analysis careers which use these math tools along with problem-solving skills.


The program is excellent preparation for graduate school in mathematics, applied mathematics, physics, mathematical physics or other similar programs and for many positions in industry, financial analysis of technology industries, research laboratories and teaching.


The standard physics BS requires four mathematics courses, 15 physics course, and 2 science electives. The interdisciplinary program requires 11 mathematics courses and 11 physics courses. The "core" requirements for the interdisciplinary program are the same as for the standard physics BS

Program Goals

After completing this program, students should understand:

  • fundamental principles of mathematics and their ability to apply these principles in the solution of problems in calculus, algebra and specialized topics
  • fundamental principles of physics and their ability to apply these principles to problems in classical mechanics, electromagnetism, optics and wave phenomena,  thermodynamics and statistical mechanics, quantum mechanics, atomic physics, special relativety and specialized topics
  • laboratory skills for the analysis of physical systems, including data and error analysis, electronics, instrumentation, radiation detection, counting statistics, interaction of charged particles with matter, lasers and optical interferometers, dimensional analysis, fundamental applications of probability and statistics.
  • the ability to process and evaluate effectively both theoretical and real-life quantitative data.
  • communication using oral, written, or electronic media, and have the teamwork and leadership skills needed to recognize, isolate, and solve mathematical problems.
  • commitment to continuous learning, new ideas, and be able to bring them to bear to help others.

Related Web Sites

Department of Physics

Department of Mathematics

Mathematics & Physics Program Requirements

Mathematics & Physics Advising Sheets and Flowcharts



Dr. Zbigniew Dziembowski
Department of Physics
A225 Barton Hall

Dr. Boris Datskovsky
Department of Mathematics
Wachman Hall, Room 632