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Department of Physics, Astronomy and Geosciences

Computational Physics Concentration

The computational physics concentration is a multidisciplinary program with strong emphasis on physics, mathematics and computer science. It is intended for students who wish to enter the workforce after graduation or pursue the 4-1 Dual Degree Program in Computer Science at TU. Students interested in pursuing a graduate degree in physics should discuss taking additional courses in order to best prepare for graduate school. Program requirements must be completed with a grade equivalent of 2.00 or higher. The Core Curriculum requirements must also be completed.

 

Required Physics Courses (39 units)
PHYS 185 Introductory Seminar in Physics 1
PHYS 241, 242
or
PHYS 251, 252
General Physics I, II Calculus-based
or
Honors General Physics I, II
8
PHYS 243 General Physics III 4
PHYS 270 Computers in Physics 4
PHYS 307 Introductory Mathematical Physics 3
PHYS 311 Modern Physics I 3
PHYS 337 Digital Electronics 4
PHYS 341 Intermediate Physics Laboratory I 3
PHYS 351 Mechanics I 4
PHYS 354 Electricity and Magnetism 4
PHYS 385 Physics Seminar 1

 

Requirement Math Courses (21 units)
MATH 263 Discrete Math 3
MATH 265 Elementary Linear Algebra 4
MATH 273-274 Calculus I, II 8
MATH 374 Differential Equations 3
MATH 435 Numerical Analysis I 3

 

Required Computer Science Courses (20 units)
COSC 175 General Computer Science 4
COSC 236 Introduction to Computer Science I 4
COSC 237 Introduction to Computer Science II 4
COSC 290 Principles of Computer Organization 4
COSC 336 Data Structures and Algorithm Analysis 4

 

Suggested Course Schedule—Computational Concentration

By its very nature, physics is more hierarchical in its course structure than typical humanities or social science disciplines. Therefore, many courses depend heavily on prerequisite courses (such as calculus and general physics). Time required to prepare for calculus, such as taking MATH 119, must be added to the four-year minimum. Normally, progress in mathematics and general physics is the pacesetter.

 

Freshman Year
Fall Term (16 units)
Spring Term (15 units)
Course
Units
Course
Units
PHYS 241 General Physics I
or
PHYS 251 Honors General Physics I
4
PHYS 241 General Physics I
or
PHYS 251 Honors General Physics I
4
ENGL 102 or TSEM
3
ENGL 102 or TSEM
3
COSC 175 General Computer Science
4
PHYS 270 Computers in Physics
4
MATH 273 Calculus I
4
MATH 274 Calculus II
4
PHYS 185 Introductory Honors Seminar in Physics
1

Sophomore Year
Fall Term (15 units)
Spring Term (14 units)
Course
Units
Course
Units
PHYS 311 Modern Physics I
3
PHYS 243 General Physics III
4
PHYS 341 Intermediate Physics Laboratory I
3
MATH 374 Differential Equations
3
MATH 263 Discrete Math
3
PHYS 307 Introductory Mathematical Physics
3
Core or Electives
6
Core or Electives
6

Junior Year
Fall Term (14 units)
Spring Term (14 units)
Course
Units
Course
Units
PHYS 337 Digital Electronics
4
PHYS 385 Physics Seminar
1
Core or Electives
6
MATH 265 Elementary Linear Algebra
3
COSC 236 Introduction to Computer Science I
4
COSC 237 Introduction to Computer Science II
4
Core or Electives
6

Senior Year
Fall Term (14 units)
Spring Term (14 units)
Course
Units
Course
Units
PHYS 351 Mechanics I
4
PHYS 354 Electricity and Magnetism
4
MATH 435 Numerical Analysis I
3
COSC 336 Data Structures and Algorithm Analysis
4
COSC 290 Principles of Computer Organization
4
Core or Electives
6
Core or Electives
3
   

 

Department of Physics, Astronomy & Geosciences
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