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BS Mathematical Physics Concentration

(updated on September 13, 2016)

Students who are interested in theoretical physics and who have a strong background in mathematics may pursue a variation of the B.S. in Physics, officially a ‘B.S. in Physics with a Mathematical Physics Concentration.’  This program is based on the B.S. in Physics but with certain substitutions in the course requirements.  Several of the laboratory courses are replaced by advanced mathematics courses and some of the undergraduate physics courses are replaced by similar graduate courses. This program is distinct from the B.S. in Mathematics and Physics, which is a coherent and parallel education in both mathematics and physics administered jointly by both departments.

The following table shows the requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Physics with Mathematical Physics Concentration effective for students entering in the class of fall 2016*. Students who matriculated to CWRU before fall 2016 should consult the General Bulletin for the year they started at CWRU for program requirements that apply for them. Those courses in the standard B.S. program that are replaced are shown in brackets and are followed by their replacements.

*A student’s Academic Requirements page in SIS and the University’s General Bulletin http://bulletin.case.edu are the definitive sources for course and degree information.

Course  

Yr*

Cred

Course  

Yr*

Cred it

PHYS 121 or 123

Intro Mech

1

4

MATH 121 or 123

Calc 1

1

4

PHYS 122 or 124

Intro E&M

1

4

MATH 122 or 124

Calc 2

1

4

PHYS 221

Modern

2F

3

MATH 223 or 227

Calc 3

2F

3

PHYS 203

Elect Lab

2F

4

MATH 224

Diff E

2S

3

        [PHYS 204]

[Instr Lab]

[2S]

4

PHYS 250

CompMeth

2S

3

M-group 1**

Adv. Math

3

3

PHYS 310

Clas. Mech

2S

3

M-group 2**

Adv math

4

3

[PHYS 302]

Adv Lab 2

3S

3

M-group 3**

Adv Math

4

4

PHYS 349

Math Meth I

3F

3

       
PHYS 301

Adv Lab 1

3F

3

Subtotal    

23

PHYS 303***

AdvLabSem

3F

1

       
PHYS 313

Thermo

3F

3

CHEM 105 or 111

Chem 1

1

3 (4)

[PHYS 331]

QM1

[3]F

3

CHEM 106 or ENGR 145

Chem 2

1

3(4)

PHYS 481

QM I grad

3F

  ENGR 131 or EECS132

CompP

1

3

PHYS 324 + 325 or PHYS 423

E&M 1 + 2 or

E&M grad

3S+ 4F

4F

6 or 3

       
[PHYS 332]

QM2

[3S]

3

       
PHYS 482

QM 2 grad

3S

  Subtotal    
9
[PHYS 325]

{E&M 2]

[[4F]

         
PHYS 350

Math Meth II

3S

3

       
Choose 1 of the following 4              
PHYS 315

Solid State

4F

3

SAGES first/univ sem  

1 & 2

10

PHYS 320

Biophysics

3 or 4F

3

       
PHYS 326

Phys. Optics

S

3

SAGES dept. sem.***  

3 or 4

2or3

PHYS 327

Laser Phys.

4F

3

SAGES capstone****  

4

3or4

Choose 1 of the following 4       Breadth Requirement*****    

12

PHYS 316

Nuc Par

4S

3

Open electives******    

18

PHYS 328

Cosmo. Univ.

4

3

PHED 2 semesters    

0

PHYS 336

Mod. Cosmo.

4

3

Subtotal    
46
PHYS 365

General Rel.

4S

3

       
Subtotal    

49

Total    

127

  * course usually taken in this year, ‘F’ or ‘S’ indicates the course is usually offered only in fall or spring. Other courses are either offered both semesters (100 & 200 level) or on no fixed schedule.

** M-group 1, 2 and 3 are to be chosen, in consultation with the advisor, from among approved advanced mathematics or statistics courses.

*** PHYS 303 + PHYS 352 can be used to satisfy the SAGES departmental seminar requirement.

**** PHYS 351 can be used to satisfy the SAGES capstone requirement. .

***** The breadth requirements include 6 hours of Social Sciences and 6 hours of Arts and Humanities. This may increase by 3 credits if the required Global and Cultural Diversity course is not also one of the breadth requirement courses. Courses required for the BS in Physics satisfy the 6 credit GER for Natural Sciences and Mathematics as well as the Quantitative Reasoning course requirement.

****** The number of open electives may vary, depending on course choices made by the student, but the degree requires that the total number of credits be at least 127.


 

Typical Schedule

(* indicates options, 4-5 of the Open Electives are normally used to satisfy GER Breadth Requirements.)

 

Fall (Class Hours-Lab Hours-Credit Hours)

Spring (Class Hours-Lab Hours-Credit Hours)

First Year

PHYS 121 or PHYS 123  Mechanics (4-3-4)

MATH 121 Calculus for Science and Engineering I (4-0-4)

CHEM 105 or CHEM 111 (3-0-3) or (4-0-4)

Open* Elective = PHYS 166 Physics Today & Tom. (1-0-1)

FS** SAGES First Seminar (4-0-4)

PHED *** Physical Education Activities (0-3-0)

PHYS 122 or PHYS 124 Electricity & Magnetism (4-3-4)

MATH 122 Calculus for Science and Engineering II (4-0-4)

CHEM 106 or ENGR 145 (3-0-3) or (4-0-4)

ENGR 131 Elementary Computer Programming (2-2-3)

US** University Seminar (3-0-3)

PHED *** Physical Education Activities (0-3-0)

Second Year

PHYS 203 Analog & Digital Electronics Lab (2-4-4)

PHYS 221 General Physics III,  Modern Physics (3-0-3)

MATH 223 Calculus for Science & Engineering III (3-0-3)

US** University Seminar (3-0-3)

Open* Elective (3-0-3)

PHYS 250 Computatoinal Methods(3-0-3)

PHYS 310 Classical Mechanics (3-0-3)

MATH 224 Differential Equations (3-0-3)

Open* Elective (3-0-3)

Open* Elective (3-0-3)

Third Year

PHYS 301 Advanced Laboratory Physics I (0-7-3)

PHYS 303 Advanced Laboratory Physics Seminar (1-0-1)

PHYS 313 Thermodynamics & Statistical Mech. (3-0-3)

PHYS 349 Mathematical Methods of Physics I (3-0-3)

PHYS 481 Graduate Quantum Mechanics I (3-0-3)

Open* Elective (3-0-3)

PHYS 324 Electricity & Magnetism I or

  • Open* Elective (3-0-3)

PHYS 350 Mathematical Methods of Physics II (3-0-3)

PHYS 482 Graduate Quantum Mechanics II (3-0-3)

MATH *** Advanced Mathematics Elective (3-0-3)

Open* Elective (3-0-3)

Fourth Year

PHYS 351+352 Senior Project + Seminar (0-6-2)+(1-0-1)

PHYS 3** Condensed Matter Physics Elective (3-0-3)

PHYS 423 Graduate Electricity and Magnetism I (3-0-3) or    

  • PHYS 325 Electricity & Magnetism II (3-0-3)

MATH *** Advanced Mathematics Elective (3-0-3)

Open* Elective (3-0-3)

PHYS 351+352 Senior Project + Seminar (0-6-2)+(1-0-1)

PHYS 3** Particle/Astrophysics Elective (3-0-3)

MATH *** Advanced Mathematics Elective (3-0-3)

Open* Elective (3-0-3)

Open* Elective (3-0-3)

Open* Elective (2-0-2)

For more information, contact Prof. Harsh Mathur, hxm7@po.cwru.edu or Prof. Gary Chottiner, gary.chottiner@cwru.edu

Page last modified: September 13, 2016