Physics - Computational Physics

The computational physics concentration provides a thorough study of computer science and computational physics as well as a solid background in physics and mathematics. Graduates from this program have gone on to graduate programs in physics and computer science while others have found career opportunities in technical fields.

Bachelor of Arts - Physics; Computational Physics Concentration

College Humanities & Sciences

Degree Specific Credits: 73

Required Cumulative GPA: 2.0

Catalog Year: 2018-2019

General Education Requirements

Information regarding these requirements can be found in the General Education Section of the catalog. 


Lower Division Physics Core10
College Physics
Physics with Calculus
Upper Division Physics18
Physics Elective3
Math Requirements19
Computer Science Requirements20
Computer Science Core Courses
Computer Science Electives
Advanced College Writing Requirement3
Total Hours73

Lower Division Physics Core

Rule: Must complete all of the courses in one of the two sequences:

College Physics

Select one of the following Physics sequences:10
Algebra- and Trigonometry-based:
College Physics I
and College Physics I Laboratory
College Physics II
and College Physics II Laboratory
Calculus-based (strongly recommended):
Fund of Physics w/Calc I
and Physics Laboratory I w/Calc
Fund of Physics w/Calc II
and Physics Laboratory II w/Calc
Total Hours10

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Upper Division Physics

Rule: Complete the following courses

PHSX 301Intro Theoretical Physics3
PHSX 311Oscillations and Waves2
PHSX 320Classical Mechanics3
PHSX 333Computational Physics3
PHSX 343Modern Physics3
PHSX 423Electricity & Magnetism I3
PHSX 499Senior Capstone Seminar1
Total Hours18

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Physics Elective

Select one of the following:3
Einstein's Relativity
Intermediate Physics Lab
Communicating Physics
Electricity & Magnetism II (strongly recommended)
Advanced Physics Lab
Thermodyn & Stat Mech
Quantum Mechanics I (strongly recommended)
Quantum Mechanics II
Total Hours3

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Math Requirements

Rule: Complete the following courses

Note: M 307, STAT 341, and STAT 458 are recommended as well

M 171Calculus I4
M 172Calculus II4
M 221Introduction to Linear Algebra4
M 225Introduction to Discrete Mathematics3
M 273Multivariable Calculus4
Total Hours19

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Computer Science Requirements

Rule: Complete the following subcategories of courses

20 Total Credits Required

Computer Science Core Courses

Rule: Must complete all of the following courses

CSCI 135Fund of Computer Science I3
CSCI 136Fund of Computer Science II3
CSCI 232Data Structures and Algorithms4
CSCI 332Design/Analysis of Algorithms3
Total Hours13

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Computer Science Electives

Select 7 credits from any CSCI course numbered 200 and above, the following are recommended:7
Programming Languages w/ C/C++
Computer Architecture
Total Hours7

Advanced College Writing Requirement

Rule: Must take the following course

Note: May substitute another advanced writing course as approved by the department chair.

PHSX 330Communicating Physics3
Total Hours3

Minimum Required Grade: C-