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—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, the following three courses are required for the professional physics concentration:
PHY130 | First-Year Physics Seminar |
CPS121 | Introduction to Programming |
CPS122 | Object-Oriented Software Development |
Furthermore,16 credits in mathematics and computer science from among the following courses are required.
MAT232 | Linear Algebra |
MAT318 | Probability |
MAT319 | Statistics |
MAT342/CPS342 | Numerical Analysis |
PHY313/MAT313 | Mathematical Methods in Physcis II |
CPS221 | Software Systems |
CPS222 | Data Structures and Algorithms |
CPS311 | Computer Organization |
CPS343 | Parallel and High-Performance Computing |
CPS373 | Computer Graphics |
Required Courses for All Physics Majors
PHY121, 122 | Introductory Physics I, II |
PHY214/MAT214 | Mathematical Methods in Physics I |
PHY225 | Electronics |
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: | |
CHE111, 112 | Principles of Chemistry I, II |
CPS121 | Introduction to Programming |
CPS122 | Object-Oriented Software Development |