Mathematics & Physics, B.S.

The Bachelor of Science in Mathematics & Physics (jointly administered with Mathematics department), is an interdisciplinary program providing a foundation in physical sciences with a strong emphasis on the mathematical techniques needed for analysis and modeling. It prepares the student for science or analysis careers which use these math tools along with problem-solving skills.

Undergraduate Contact Information:

Department of Physics

​Dr. James Napolitano, Chair
Science Education and Research Center, Room 406
215-204-1638

Dr. Bernd Surrow, Vice Chair
Science Education and Research Center, Room 420
215-204-1638

Dr. Zbigniew Dziembowski, Faculty Advisor (Last names A-K)
Science Education and Research Center, Room 412
215-204-7639
zbig.dziembowski@temple.edu

Dr. Tan Yuen, Faculty Advisor (Last names L-Z)
Science Education and Research Center, Room 409
215-204-5182
tan.yuen@temple.edu

Department of Mathematics

Dr. Irina Mitrea, Chair
Wachman Hall, Room 638
215-204-7841

Dr. Boris Datskovsky, Associate Chair
Wachman Hall, Room 632
215-204-7847
mathadvising@temple.edu

Dr. Maria E. Lorenz, Undergraduate Chair
Wachman Hall, Room 524
215-204-6764
mathadvising@temple.edu

Bachelor of Science 

Summary of Requirements for the Degree

  1. University Requirements (123 total s.h.)
    • MATH 0701 (4 s.h.) and/or ENG 0701 (4 s.h.), if required by placement testing.
    • All Temple students must take a minimum of two writing-intensive courses at Temple as part of their major. Following is a list of courses that can be used to satisfy the writing-intensive requirement:
      MATH 3098Modern Algebra3
      MATH 4096Senior Problem Solving3
      PHYS 2796Introduction to Modern Physics4
      PHYS 4796Experimental Physics3
    • Students must complete the General Education (GenEd) requirements.
      • See the General Education section of the Undergraduate Bulletin for the GenEd curriculum.
      • Students who complete CST majors typically receive a waiver for 2 Science & Technology (GS) and 1 Quantitative Literacy (GQ) GenEd courses.
    • Students must satisfy general Temple University residency requirements.
  2. College Requirements
    • 90 credits within the College of Science & Technology (CST) or the College of Liberal Arts (CLA).
    • 45 Upper Level (2000+) credits within the College of Science & Technology (CST) or the College of Liberal Arts (CLA).
  3. Major Requirements for Bachelor of Science (76 s.h.)
    At least 10 courses required for the major must be completed at Temple. At least 6 Math and 5 Physics courses must be completed at Temple.
    Mathematics courses
    Select one of the following:4
    Calculus I with Lab 1
    Calculus I
    Honors Calculus I (F)
    MATH 1042Calculus II4
    or MATH 1942 Honors Calculus II
    MATH 2043Calculus III4
    or MATH 2943 Honors Calculus III
    MATH 2111Basic Concepts of Math3
    MATH 3031Probability Theory I3
    MATH 3045Differential Equations with Linear Algebra (F)4
    MATH 3051Theoretical Linear Algebra (S)4
    MATH 3098Modern Algebra (F)3
    MATH 3141Advanced Calculus I (F)3
    MATH 3142Advanced Calculus II (S)3
    MATH 4051Complex Analysis (F)3
    Physics courses
    Select one of the following:4
    Elementary Classical Physics I
    Honors Elementary Classical Physics I (F)
    General Physics I
    Honors General Physics I (F)
    Select one of the following:4
    Elementary Classical Physics II
    Honors Elementary Classical Physics II (S)
    General Physics II
    Honors General Physics II (S)
    PHYS 2101Classical Mechanics (S)3
    PHYS 2502Mathematical Physics (S)4
    PHYS 2796Introduction to Modern Physics (S)4
    PHYS 3101Analytical Mechanics (F)3
    PHYS 3301Electricity and Magnetism (F)4
    PHYS 3302Classical Electromagnetism (S)3
    PHYS 3701Introduction to Quantum Mechanics (S)3
    PHYS 4101Thermodynamics and Kinetic Theory (F)3
    Capstone course
    MATH 4096Senior Problem Solving3
    or PHYS 4796 Experimental Physics
    Total Credit Hours76
    (F) - Fall only course
    (S) - Spring only course
    1

    Students who choose MATH 1038 must also take the linked course MATH 1039

Calculation of Major GPA

The list of courses that are used to calculate major GPA is determined by the department. Students should consult with their academic advising unit for the applicable courses. In general, courses that could not apply toward the major as an elective or a required course are not counted for the major GPA. This would include MATH 1022, for example.

Distinction in Major

To graduate with Distinction in Mathematics & Physics, a student should meet the following requirements:

  1. Students must have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.50 or better.

  2. Students must have a GPA of 3.50 or better in their Physics courses.

  3. Students must have a GPA of 3.50 or better in their Mathematics courses.

  4. Students must have a GPA of 3.50 or higher in the following Mathematics courses:

    MATH 3141Advanced Calculus I3
    MATH 3142Advanced Calculus II3
    MATH 3098Modern Algebra3
    MATH 4051Complex Analysis3
    Any other 4000-level course other than individual study
  5. Students must carry out an independent study, undergraduate research or undergraduate thesis project. Consult the undergraduate Physics advisor for more details.

Suggested Academic Plan

Bachelor of Science in Mathematics & Physics

Requirements for New Students starting in the 2016-2017 Academic Year

Year 1
FallCredit Hours
Select one of the following:4
Calculus I with Lab1 
Calculus I 
Honors Calculus I (F) 
Select one of the following:4
Elementary Classical Physics I 
Honors Elementary Classical Physics I (F) 
General Physics I 
Honors General Physics I (F) 
General Education/Elective Credits7
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
MATH 1042 or 1942Calculus II4
Select one of the following:4
Elementary Classical Physics II 
Honors Elementary Classical Physics II (S) 
General Physics II 
Honors General Physics II (S) 
General Education/Elective Credits8
 Term Credit Hours16
Year 2
Fall
MATH 2043 or 2943Calculus III4
MATH 2111Basic Concepts of Math3
MATH 3045Differential Equations with Linear Algebra (F)4
General Education/Elective Credits4
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
PHYS 2502Mathematical Physics (S)4
PHYS 2796Introduction to Modern Physics [WI] (S)4
MATH 3051Theoretical Linear Algebra (S)4
General Education/Elective Credits3
 Term Credit Hours15
Year 3
Fall
MATH 3031Probability Theory I3
MATH 3141Advanced Calculus I (F)3
PHYS 3301Electricity and Magnetism (F)4
General Education/Elective Credits6
 Term Credit Hours16
Spring
MATH 3142Advanced Calculus II (S)3
PHYS 2101Classical Mechanics (S)3
PHYS 3701Introduction to Quantum Mechanics (S)3
General Education/Elective Credits7
 Term Credit Hours16
Year 4
Fall
MATH 3098Modern Algebra [WI] (F)3
MATH 4051Complex Analysis (F)3
PHYS 3101Analytical Mechanics (F)3
PHYS 4101Thermodynamics and Kinetic Theory (F)3
General Education/Elective Credits3
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
MATH 4096 or PHYS 4796Senior Problem Solving [WI]3
PHYS 3302Classical Electromagnetism (S)3
General Education/Elective Credits9
 Term Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours: 123
(F) - Fall only course.
(S) - Spring only course.
1

Students who choose MATH 1038 must also take the linked course MATH 1039