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Students majoring in mathematics with an interest in physics or secondary education should consider this special interest area. Physics is a mathematical science, which attempts to understand the physical universe. It addresses fundamental questions about the nature of matter and energy and the forces by which objects interact. Beginning with these basic principles and simple models, physicists build descriptions of atoms, organic material, stars and the origin of the universe. Physics also has an applied side: scientists and engineers use their understanding of physical principles to solve practical problems in such areas as product development, process control, and instrumentation. The study of physics helps students to create an understanding of their world using scientific thinking as a tool.
Today’s world is a complex one characterized by constantly changing technologies. Physics graduates are well prepared to enter this world because they have begun to understand the laws that govern the way things work and the physical principles behind the laws. Products and technology change, but physical principles do not. Note that taking one additional course will allow the student to earn a minor in physics.
Major Requirements - Credits: 57
Required Courses - Credits: 10
Students must have a “C” or better in the following three courses to register for any 300 level or above Mathematics course.