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Mathematics & Physics

 

Department of Physics

Dr. Tao Rongjia, Chair

Dr. Zbigniew Dziembowski, Faculty Advisor
215-204-7639
zbig.dziembowski@temple.edu

Department of Mathematics

Dr. Edward Letzter, Chair

Dr. Boris Datskovsky, Director of Undergraduate Studies

215-204-7847
bdats@temple.edu

 

Bachelor of Science

 

Summary of Requirements for the Degree

1. University Requirements (123 total s.h.)

  • Mathematics 0701 (4 s.h.) and/or English 0701 (4 s.h.), if required by placement testing.
  • All Temple students must take a minimum of two writing-intensive courses at Temple as part of their major.  Following is a list of courses that can be used to satisfy the writing-intensive requirement: Mathematics 3098, Mathematics 4096, Physics 2796 and Physics 4796.
  • Students must complete the General Education (GenEd) requirements.
    • The General Education Curriculum consists of approximately 25-26 s.h.  See the General Education section of the Undergraduate Bulletin for the GenEd curriculum.

2. College Requirements

  • 90 credits within the College of Science & Technology (CST) or the College of Liberal Arts (CLA).
  • 45 Upper Level (2000+) credits within the College of Science & Technology (CST) or the College of Liberal Arts (CLA).

3. Major Requirements for Bachelor of Science (76 s.h.)

  • Ten (10) Mathematics courses are required (35 s.h.): Mathematics 1041, 1042, 2043, 3031, 3045, 3051, 3098, 3141, 3142 and 4051.
  • Eleven (11) Physics courses are required (38 s.h.): Physics 1061 or 2021, 1062 or 2022, 2101, 2501, 2502, 2796, 3101, 3301, 3302, 3701 and 4101.
  • One (1) capstone course for the major is required (3 s.h.): Mathematics 4096 or Physics 4796.

 

Suggested Semester by Semester Plan

Year 1 - Fall Semester
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Mathematics

Mathematics
1041

1941
Calculus I
     or
Honors Calculus I
4

4
 
Physics 1061 Elementary Classical Physics I 4  
General Education / Elective Credits     7  
Subtotal     15  
 
Year 1 - Spring Semester
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Mathematics

Mathematics
1042

1942
Calculus II
     or
Honors Calculus II
4

4
 
Physics 1062 Elementary Classical Physics II 4  
General Education / Elective Credits     8  
Subtotal     16  
 
Year 2 - Fall Semester
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Mathematics 2043 Calculus III 4  
Mathematics 3031 Probability Theory I 3  
Mathematics 3045 Differential Equations with Linear Algebra 4  
General Education / Elective Credits     4  
Subtotal     15  
 
Year 2 - Spring Semester
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Physics 2502 Mathematical Physics (S) 4  
Physics 2796 Introduction to Modern Physics (S) 4 WI
Mathematics 3051 Theoretical Linear Algebra (S) 4  
General Education / Elective Credits     3  
Subtotal     15  
 
Year 3 - Fall Semester
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Mathematics 3141 Advanced Calculus I (F) 3  
Physics 2501 Computing for Scientists (F) 3  
Physics 3301 Electricity & Magnetism (F) 4  
General Education / Elective Credits     6  
Subtotal     16  
 
Year 3 - Spring Semester
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Mathematics 3142 Advanced Calculus II (S) 3  
Physics 2101 Classical Mechanics (S) 3  
Physics 3701 Introduction to Quantum Mechanics (S) 3  
General Education / Elective Credits     7  
Subtotal     16  
 
Year 4 - Fall Semester
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Mathematics 3098 Modern Algebra (F) 3 WI
Mathematics 4051 Complex Analysis (F) 3  
Physics 3101 Analytical Mechanics (F) 3  
Physics 4101 Thermodynamics & Kinetic Theory (F) 3  
General Education / Elective Credits     3  
Subtotal     15  
 
Year 4 - Spring Semester
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Mathematics

Physics
4096

4796
Senior Problem Solving (S)
     or
Experimental Physics (S)
3

3
WI

WI
Physics 3302 Classical Electromagnetism (S) 3  
General Education / Elective Credits     9  
Subtotal     15  
         
Credits in Coursework for B.S. in Math/Physics 76  
General Education / Elective Credits 47  
Total Credits for B.S. Degree 123  

(F) - Fall only course.

(S) - Spring only course.

Students who complete CST majors typically receive a waiver for 2 Science & Technology (GS) and 1 Quantitative Literacy (GQ) GenEd courses.

Calculation of Major GPA

The list of courses that are used to calculate major GPA is determined by the department. Students should consult with their academic advising unit for the applicable courses. In general, courses that could not apply toward the major as an elective or a required course are not counted for the major GPA. This would include Mathematics 1022, for example.

Distinction in Major

To graduate with Distinction in Mathematics & Physics, a student should meet the following requirements:

1. Students must have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.50 or better.

2. Students must have a GPA of 3.50 or better in their Physics courses.

3. Students must have a GPA of 3.50 or better in their Mathematics courses.

4. Students must have a GPA of 3.50 or higher in the following Mathematics courses: Mathematics 3141, Mathematics 3142, Mathematics 3098, Mathematics 4051, and any other 4000-level course other than individual study.

5. Students must carry out an independent study, undergraduate research or undergraduate thesis project. Consult the undergraduate Physics advisor for more details.

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