Physics - BS, Computational Science Track

Physics and other sciences increasingly rely on advanced computer simulations and data analysis to develop realistic mathematical models of complex phenomena or process huge amount of data coming from particle accelerators and astronomical surveys. The BS-PHYS, Computational Science track will provide you with the skills to pursue advanced studies in this area or directly enter the workforce in virtually any industry, as the demand for experts with advanced computer skills will only grow with time.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
CHEM 107
CHEM 117
General Chemistry for Engineering Students
and General Chemistry for Engineering Students Laboratory 1
4
ENGL 104
Composition and Rhetoric
or Introduction to Rhetoric and Composition
3
MATH 171 Calculus I 1 4
PHYS 101 Freshman Physics Orientation 1 1
American history 2 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
MATH 172 Calculus II 1 4
PHYS 206
PHYS 226
Newtonian Mechanics for Engineering and Science
and Physics of Motion Laboratory for the Sciences 1
4
American history 2 3
Language, philosophy and culture 2 3
 Semester Credit Hours14
Second Year
Fall
MATH 221 Several Variable Calculus 1 4
MATH 308 Differential Equations 1 3
PHYS 207
PHYS 227
Electricity and Magnetism for Engineering and Science
and Electricity and Magnetism Laboratory for the Sciences 1
4
PHYS 221 Optics and Thermal Physics 1 3
 Semester Credit Hours14
Spring
CSCE 121 Introduction to Program Design and Concepts 4
PHYS 225 Electronic Circuits and Applications 3
PHYS 309 Modern Physics 1 3
PHYS 331 Theoretical Methods for Physicists I 1 3
Communication 3 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Third Year
Fall
CSCE 222/ECEN 222 Discrete Structures for Computing 3
PHYS 302 Advanced Mechanics I 3
PHYS 304 Advanced Electricity and Magnetism I 3
PHYS 332 Theoretical Methods for Physicists II 3
POLS 206 American National Government 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
CSCE 221 Data Structures and Algorithms 4
PHYS 303
Advanced Mechanics II
or Advanced Electricity and Magnetism II
3
PHYS 327 Experimental Physics I 4 2
PHYS 328 Experimental Physics II 4 1
PHYS 412 Quantum Mechanics I 3
POLS 207 State and Local Government 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Fourth Year
Fall
CSCE 312 Computer Organization 4
PHYS 408 Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics 4
Social and behavioral science 2 3
General elective 5 3
 Semester Credit Hours14
Spring
PHYS 401 Computational Physics 6 3
Creative arts 2 3
Science or Technical elective 7 3
General elective 5 7
 Semester Credit Hours16
 Total Semester Credit Hours120