The Computational Physics concentration is designed for students
who feel called to the intersection of physics and computer science.
The area of intersection covers a broad range of interests that include
problems in applied physics, such as video game design or modeling of
natural and man-made phenomena (such as climate and stock markets and
traffic and biological processes). At the other end of the spectrum sit
fascinating theoretical problems, such as simulation of galaxy
formation and dark matter distribution in the universe or phase
transitions in strongly correlated Fermi systems. Physicists lead the
charge in understanding all these phenomena and more—and this
concentration prepares our physics majors to join in the fun.
Required Courses for the Computational Physics Concentration
In addition to the required courses listed near the bottom of this page that all physics majors must take, two other physics courses numbered above PHY224 are required for this concentration. Furthermore,16 credits in mathematics and computer science from among the following courses are required.
PHY313/MAT313 |
Mathematical Methods in Physics II |
CPS221 | Software Systems |
CPS222 |
Data Structures and Algorithms |
CPS311 |
Computer Organization |
CPS323 | Programming Languages |
MAT231 |
Transition to Higher Mathematics |
MAT232 |
Linear Algebra |
MAT318 |
Probability |
MAT319 |
Statistics |
MAT335 |
Algebraic Structures |
MAT342/CPS342 |
Numerical Analysis |
MAT353 |
Real Analysis |
Required Courses for All Physics Majors
PHY121, 122 |
Introductory Physics I, II |
PHY130 | First-Year Physics Seminar |
PHY214/MAT214 | Mathematical Methods in Physics I |
PHY236 |
Modern Physics |
PHY314 |
Mechanics |
PHY339 |
Electricity and Magnetism I |
PHY391, 392 |
Junior Seminar I, II |
PHY471, 472 |
Research I, II |
PHY491, 492 |
Senior Seminar I, II |
MAT141, 142 |
Calculus I, II |
MAT223 |
Calculus III |
MAT225 |
Differential Equations |
Two of the following courses: (computational physics students should normally choose CPS121,122) | |
CHE111, 112 |
Principles of Chemistry I, II |
CPS121 |
Introduction to Programming |
CPS122 |
Object-Oriented Software Development |