Physics B.S. – Mathematical Physics Emphasis

College of Natural and Health Sciences

Contact: Cynthia S. Galovich, Ph.D., Department Chair

Location: Ross Hall 0232

Telephone: 970.351.2961

Website: www.unco.edu/nhs/physics

Advising Information:

Students must consult with their assigned major advisor each semester prior to registering.

Assigned advisor is available through the Ursa login; ursa.unco.edu; under Student tab Academic Profile channel and is term specific. If no advisor is listed, contact the major program for advisor information.

The program consists of three parts:

  1. Liberal Arts Core (LAC) Credits
  2. Required Major Credits
  3. University-Wide Credit

Program Description:

This program, offered through the cooperation of the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry, School of Earth Sciences and School of Mathematics, focuses on the laws, principles and mathematical foundations of physics.

This emphasis is an excellent preparation for graduate school in mathematics, applied mathematics, physics, mathematical physics or other similar programs. It is also excellent preparation for many types of positions in industry or in research laboratories.

Program Admission Requirements:

Academic Good Standing

Program Requirements:

  • A research project, completed in PHYS 470, is required for all emphases except secondary teaching. HON 451 may be substituted for PHYS 470.
  • A 2.0 GPA or better is required in PHYS prefix courses for graduation.

Degree Requirements — 120 Credits

Degree Requirements

1. Required Specified LAC — 18 credits

LAC area 2. Mathematics

MATH 131Calculus I

4

MATH 132Calculus II

4

LAC area 6. Physical and Life Sciences

CHEM 111Principles of Chemistry I

5

PHYS 240General Physics I

5

Remaining LAC — 22 credits

See “Liberal Arts Core”.

NOTE: Students need to select courses from Areas 7 and/or 8 that also count for Areas 3, 4, or 5.

2. Required Major — 66-70 credits

Take all of the following courses:

PHYS 241General Physics II

5

PHYS 301Seminar in Physics

1

PHYS 320Mathematical Methods I

3

PHYS 321Elementary Modern Physics

4

PHYS 340Mechanics

4

PHYS 341Electricity and Magnetism

4

PHYS 345Quantum Mechanics I

3

PHYS 360Laboratory Physics I

2

PHYS 370Research I

1 - 3

PHYS 420Mathematical Methods II

3

PHYS 440Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics

4

PHYS 445Quantum Mechanics II

3

PHYS 460Laboratory Physics II

2

PHYS 470Research II

1 - 3

CS 102Structured Programming

3

MATH 221Elementary Linear Algebra

3

MATH 233Calculus III

4

MATH 335Differential Equations I

3

MATH 460Introduction to Complex Analysis

3

Elective Credits in Mathematics (consent of advisors)

6

Elective Credits in Physics (consent of advisors)

4

3. University-Wide Credits — 10-14 credits

Complete additional credits to achieve the minimum credits needed for this degree at UNC; for this degree, that will typically be 10-14 credits.