Physics Major (B.S.) (Combined B.S./M.S. Applied Mathematics)

A Combined Degree program enables undergraduate students to enroll in graduate courses in their senior year, which can be counted towards the completion of both their Bachelor's and Master's degree requirements.  The ability to take these "swing courses" allows students to earn both their Bachelor's and Master's degrees in a shortened period of time, typically within five years of intensive study.  Undergraduate students interested in this option can find more information regarding program requirements on the University's Combined Programs website.

Program Requirements Overview

General Education Requirements32
World Languages and Cultures Requirements3-6
Major Requirements68-70
Graduate Swing Courses12
Free Electives5-0
Total Credits120

Major Requirements

Requirements for the graduate portion of this dual degree program can be found here.
Physics Required Courses
PHYS 191University Physics I4
PHYS 192University Physics II4
PHYS 198Introductory Physics Seminar1
PHYS 210Intermediate Mechanics3
PHYS 220Oscillations, Waves, and Optics3
PHYS 230Intermediate Physics Laboratory4
PHYS 300Junior/Senior Physics Seminar1
PHYS 320Statistical and Thermal Physics3
PHYS 330Advanced Physics Laboratory4
PHYS 340Electricity and Magnetism3
PHYS 360Modern Physics3
PHYS 464Quantum Mechanics3
Physics Elective Courses
Select 6-7 credits from the list below.6-7
Physics Collateral Courses
CHEM 120General Chemistry I4
CHEM 121General Chemistry II4
CSIT 104Python Programming I3
MATH 122Calculus I4
or AMAT 120 Applied Calculus A
MATH 221Calculus II4
or AMAT 220 Applied Calculus B
MATH 222Calculus III4
AMAT 350Applied Mathematics I3-4
or MATH 325 Ordinary Differential Equation
or PHYS 377 Mathematical Physics
Total Credits68-70

Major Electives

PHYS 180Astronomy for Everyone4
PHYS 245Fundamentals of Electronics4
PHYS 280Astronomy for Physicists4
PHYS 310Advanced Mechanics3
PHYS 325Computational Physics3
PHYS 341Electronics and Digital Circuits4
PHYS 350Modern Optics4
PHYS 368Fluid Mechanics3
PHYS 377Mathematical Physics3
PHYS 380Observational Astronomy4
PHYS 399Special Topics in Physics1-4
PHYS 451Radiation and Medical Physics3
PHYS 461General Relativity3
PHYS 462Nuclear Physics4
PHYS 470Solid State Physics3
PHYS 480Astrophysics3
PHYS 495Research or Independent Study in Physics1-4

Graduate Swing Courses

A combined degree program allows students to complete 6-12 graduate credits ("graduate swing courses") while enrolled as an undergraduate. These courses count for both their bachelor and master’s degrees.  Graduate swing courses will count toward undergraduate free electives, unless noted otherwise.

The Graduate Swing Courses for this program:

Students should discuss an appropriate course sequence with their advisors in both departments.
Complete 4 courses from the following:12
Scientific and Numerical Computing I
Applied Linear Algebra
Data-Driven Modeling and Computation
Applied Probability and Stochastic Processes
Scientific and Numerical Computing II
Methods of Applied Mathematics
Applied Differential Equations
Mathematical Biology
Nonlinear Dynamics
Independent Study
General Relativity
Total Credits12

General Education Requirements

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A. New Student Seminar
Complete a 1 credit New Student Seminar course.1
C. Communication
1. Writing 3
2. Literature3
3. Communication3
D. Fine and Performing Arts
Complete a 3 credit Fine and Performing Arts course.3
F. Humanities
1. Great Works and Their Influences3
2. Philosophical and Religious Perspectives 3
G. Computer Science
Python Programming I (Fulfilled in the major.)
H. Mathematics
Fulfilled in the major.
Applied Calculus A
Calculus I
I. Natural Science Laboratory
University Physics I (Fulfilled in the major.)
J. Physical Education
Complete a 1 credit Physical Education course.1
K. Social Science
1. American and European History 3
2. Global Cultural Perspectives3
Course selected must also satisfy the World Cultures requirement.
3. Social Science Perspectives 3
L. Interdisciplinary Studies
Complete a 3 credit Interdisciplinary Studies course.3
Total Credits32

World Languages and Cultures Requirements

Click here for a list of courses that fulfill World Languages and Cultures categories.

World Languages
Based on language placement exam, complete one or two sequential courses in the same language.3-6
World Cultures
Requirement may be fulfilled by course selected in General Education - Social Science: Global Cultural Perspectives.0-3
Total Credits3-9

Recommended Roadmap to Degree(s)

This recommended five-year plan is provided as an outline for students to follow in order to complete their degree requirements within five years.  This plan is a recommendation and students should only use it in consultation with their academic advisor.

Fifth year courses are taken at the graduate level, after matriculation into the graduate portion of this combined degree program.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
GENERAL EDUCATION: (A) New Student Seminar 1
AMAT 120
Applied Calculus A
or Calculus I
CSIT 104 Python Programming I 3
PHYS 191 University Physics I 4
GENERAL EDUCATION: (C2) Literature 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (C3) Communication 3
AMAT 220
Applied Calculus B
or Calculus II
PHYS 192 University Physics II 4
PHYS 198 Introductory Physics Seminar 1
Second Year
GENERAL EDUCATION: (K3) Social Science – Social Science Perspectives 3
CHEM 120 General Chemistry I 4
MATH 222 Calculus III 4
PHYS 210 Intermediate Mechanics 3
PHYS elective course 3-4
GENERAL EDUCATION: (L) Interdisciplinary Studies 3
AMAT 350
Applied Mathematics I
or Ordinary Differential Equation
or Mathematical Physics
CHEM 121 General Chemistry II 4
PHYS 320 Statistical and Thermal Physics 3
PHYS 340 Electricity and Magnetism 3
Third Year
World Language 1 3
PHYS 220 Oscillations, Waves, and Optics 3
PHYS 230 Intermediate Physics Laboratory 4
PHYS 300 Junior/Senior Physics Seminar 1
Free Elective 2-1
GENERAL EDUCATION: (D) Fine and Performing Arts 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (F1) Humanities – Great Works and Their Influences 3
World Language 2 3
PHYS 360 Modern Physics 3
PHYS Elective course 3
Fourth Year
GENERAL EDUCATION: (J) Physical Education 1
PHYS 330 Advanced Physics Laboratory 4
PHYS 464 Quantum Mechanics 3
Applied Math Core Course 1 (Graduate swing course) 3
Applied Math Core Course 2 (Graduate swing course) 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (F1) Humanities – Great Works and Their Influences 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (K1) Social Science – American and European History 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (K2) Social Science – Global Cultural Perspectives 3
Applied Math Core Course 3 (Graduate swing course) 3
Applied Math Elective Course (Graduate swing course) 3
 Total Credits120-121
Plan of Study Grid
Fifth Year
Applied Math Core course 4 3
Applied Math Elective course 2 3
Applied Math Elective course 3 3
Applied Math Elective course 4 3
Applied Math Elective course 5 3
Applied Math Culminating Experience 3
 Total Credits18