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Mathematical Physics BS - Program Requirements

(HEGIS: 19.02 PHYSICS-GEN-NO BIOPHYSCS, CIP: 40.0810 Theoretical and Mathematical Physics)

Department of Physics

239 Fronczak Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-1500

Dr. John Cerne
Director of Undergraduate Studies

Department of Mathematics

244 Mathematics Building
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260

Gino Biondini

Joseph Hundley
Director of Undergraduate Studies

Completing the Mathematical Physics BS Program

Academic Requirements

Minimum GPA of 2.500 in the prerequisite courses.

All undergraduate majors include at least 24-credit hours at the upper division (at least 300-level).

Academic Advice

This is a joint program administered by the physics department. However, students should consult with the undergraduate directors in the physics and mathematics departments regarding approved electives. A student who follows this program but does not complete it will have difficulty completing a math major without substantial additional coursework.

Transfer Credit Policy

  • Transfer students from accredited institutions are granted acceptance to the Department of Physics majors if they satisfy the following requirements with a minimum GPA of 2.000:
  • Academic transfer credit is granted for physics and mathematics courses completed with a grade of C or better that are suitable to the department’s degree programs.

SUNY Seamless Transfer is a SUNY-wide program intended to make transferring to UB and other SUNY Schools simple and efficient for SUNY students. SUNY has defined courses that SUNY students can take before transferring which will apply to the major at UB and ensure timely graduation.

Information about the Transfer Path for this major can be found on the SUNY Website. Students are encouraged to contact their academic advisor or department to discuss how their coursework will apply to their degree.

Prerequisite Courses

MTH 141 College Calculus I or MTH 153 Honors Calculus 1
MTH 142 College Calculus II or MTH 154 Honors Calculus 2
PHY 107 General Physics I or PHY 117 Honors Physics I (preferred)
PHY 108 General Physics II or PHY 118 Honors Physics II (preferred)
PHY 158 General Physics II Lab

Required Courses

MTH 241 College Calculus III or MTH 251 Honors Calculus 3
MTH 306 Introduction to Differential Equations
MTH 309 Introductory Linear Algebra
MTH 311 Intro to Higher Math
MTH 417 Survey of Multivariable Calculus
MTH 418 Survey of Partial Differential Equations
MTH 419 Introduction to Abstract Algebra or MTH 420 Advanced Linear Algebra
MTH 425 Introduction to Complex Variables I OR MTH 424 Survey of Fourier Series Methods
PHY 207 General Physics III or PHY 217 Honors Physics III
PHY 208 General Physics IV
PHY 257 General Physics III Lab
PHY 301 Intermediate Mechanics I
PHY 307 Modern Physics Lab
PHY 401 Quantum Mechanics I - Fundamentals
PHY 403 Electricity and Magnetism I
PHY 405 Thermal and Statistical Physics I
PHY 407 Advanced Laboratory or PHY 408 Advanced Laboratory
PHY 431 Introduction to Mathematical Physics I (or MTH 424, if offered)
One PHY elective chosen from the following list:

Total Credit Hours Required

Total credit hours required for the Mathematical Physics BS degree
Credits Required for Major79
Additional Credits Required for UB Curriculum 29
Additional Credits Required for Electives 12
Total Credits Required for Degree 120

Students should consult with an academic advisor to determine how any transfer or exam credit might be utilized in meeting general education, prerequisite, or major requirements.

See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements for general education and remaining university requirements.

Total Credit Hours Required represents the minimum credits needed to complete this program, and may vary based on a number of circumstances. This chart should not be used for financial aid purposes.

Published: Nov 28, 2022 13:03:49