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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

John Cerne
Director of Undergraduate Studies

Associated Programs

Associated Subjects

Completing the Mathematical Physics BS Program

Academic Requirements

Minimum GPA of 2.5 in the prerequisite courses.

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

  1. 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 2.0:
    1. one-year calculus-based physics course similar to PHY 107-PHY 108/PHY 158
    2. one-year calculus course similar to MTH 141-MTH 142
  2. 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
MTH 142 College Calculus II
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
MTH 306 Introduction to Differential Equations
MTH 309 Introductory Linear Algebra
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
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 300/400-level MTH elective
One PHY elective (one of the following: PHY 302 Intermediate Mechanics II, PHY 402 Quantum Mechanics II, PHY 404 Electricity and Magnetism II, or PHY 406 Thermal and Statistical Physics II)

Total Credit Hours Required

Total credit hours required for the Mathematical Physics BS degree
Credits Required for Major78
Additional Credits Required for UB Curriculum 32
Additional Credits Required for Electives 10
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: Dec 05, 2019 11:41:22