(updated on April 25, 2020)
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 2019*. Students who matriculated to CWRU before fall 2019 should consult the General Bulletin for the year they started at CWRU for program requirements that apply for them. One important change implemented in fall 2019 is a reduction in the total number of credits required for this degree from 127 to 120, leading to a reduction in the number of required open electives from 18 to 11. Those courses in the standard B.S. program that are replaced are shown in red font in brackets and are followed by their replacements, if any.
*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* 
Credit 

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 
Mgroup 1** 
Adv. Math 
3 
3 
PHYS 310 
Clas. Mech 
2S 
3 
Mgroup 2** 
Adv math 
4 
3 
[PHYS 302] 
Adv Lab 2 
3S 
3 
Mgroup 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 CSDS/ECSE 132 
CompProg 
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 
4S 
3 
SAGES first/univ sem 
1 & 2 
10 

PHYS 320 
Biophysics 
3 or 4F 
3 

PHYS 326 
Phys. Optics 

3 
SAGES dept. sem.*** 
3 or 4 
2or3 

PHYS 327 
Laser Phys. 
4 
3 
SAGES capstone**** 
4 
3or4 

Choose 1 of the following 4  Breadth Requirement***** 
12 

PHYS 316 
Nuc Par 
4S 
3 
Open electives****** 
11 

PHYS 328 
Cosmo. Univ. 
4 
3 
PHED 2 semesters 
0 

PHYS 336 
Mod. Cosmo. 
4 
3 
Subtotal 
39


PHYS 365 
General Rel. 
4 
3 

Subtotal 
49 
Total 
120 
* 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.
** Mgroup 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 120.
Typical Schedule
(* indicates options, 45 of the Open Electives are normally used to satisfy GER Breadth Requirements.)

Fall (Class HoursLab HoursCredit Hours) 
Spring (Class HoursLab HoursCredit Hours) 
First Year 
PHYS 121 or PHYS 123 Mechanics (434) MATH 121 Calculus for Science and Engineering I (404) CHEM 105 or CHEM 111 (303) or (404) Open* Elective = PHYS 166 Physics Today & Tom. (101) FS** SAGES First Seminar (404) PHED *** Physical Education Activities (030) 
PHYS 122 or PHYS 124 Electricity & Magnetism (434) MATH 122 Calculus for Science and Engineering II (404) CHEM 106 or ENGR 145 (303) or (404) ENGR 131 Elementary Computer Programming (223) US** University Seminar (303) PHED *** Physical Education Activities (030) 
Second Year 
PHYS 203 Analog & Digital Electronics Lab (244) PHYS 221 General Physics III, Modern Physics (303) MATH 223 Calculus for Science & Engineering III (303) US** University Seminar (303) Open* Elective (303) 
PHYS 250 Computational Methods(303) PHYS 310 Classical Mechanics (303) MATH 224 Differential Equations (303) Open* Elective (303) Open* Elective (303) 
Third Year 
PHYS 301 Advanced Laboratory Physics I (073) PHYS 303 Advanced Laboratory Physics Seminar (101) PHYS 313 Thermodynamics & Statistical Mech. (303) PHYS 349 Mathematical Methods of Physics I (303) PHYS 481 Graduate Quantum Mechanics I (303) Open* Elective (303) 
PHYS 324 Electricity & Magnetism I or
PHYS 350 Mathematical Methods of Physics II (303) PHYS 482 Graduate Quantum Mechanics II (303) MATH *** Advanced Mathematics Elective (303) Open* Elective (303) 
Fourth Year 
PHYS 351+352 Senior Project + Seminar (062)+(101) PHYS 3** Condensed Matter Physics Elective (303) PHYS 423 Graduate Electricity and Magnetism I (303) or
MATH *** Advanced Mathematics Elective (303) Open* Elective (303) 
PHYS 351+352 Senior Project + Seminar (062)+(101) PHYS 3** Particle/Astrophysics Elective (303) MATH *** Advanced Mathematics Elective (303) Open* Elective (303)

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