Computer Science & Physics, B.S.

Learn more about the Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Physics.

This interdisciplinary program is intended for students with dual interests in physics and computer science who wish to complete the essential courses for both majors within their normal four-year career. The program will prepare students for a career in a computer related field and/or physics research.

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. Matthew Newby, Faculty Advisor
Science Education and Research Center, Room 476
215-204-2642
matthew.newby@temple.edu

Department of Computer and Information Sciences
Dr. Slobodan Vucetic, Chair
Science Education and Research Center, Room 304
215-204-8450

Dr. Gene Kwatny, Vice Chair
Science Education and Research Center, Room 304
215-204-8450

Dr. Anthony Hughes,  Faculty Advisor
Science Education and Research Center, Room 344
215-204-7910
anthony.hughes@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:
      CIS 4397Independent Research in Computer Science3
      CIS 4398Projects in Computer Science3
      PHYS 2796Introduction to Modern Physics (S)4
      PHYS 4796Experimental Physics (S)3
    • 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 the Bachelor of Science (77-78 s.h.)
    At least 11 courses required for the major must be completed at Temple. At least 4 Computer Science and 5 Physics courses must be completed at Temple.
    Mathematics Courses
    MATH 1041Calculus I4
    or MATH 1941 Honors Calculus I
    MATH 1042Calculus II4
    or MATH 1942 Honors Calculus II
    MATH 2043Calculus III4
    or MATH 2943 Honors Calculus III
    Computer Science Courses
    CIS 1068Program Design and Abstraction4
    or CIS 1968 Honors Program Design and Abstraction
    CIS 1166Mathematical Concepts in Computing I4
    or CIS 1966 Honors Mathematical Concepts in Computing I
    CIS 2107Computer Systems and Low-Level Programming4
    CIS 2166Mathematical Concepts in Computing II4
    CIS 2168Data Structures4
    CIS 3207Introduction to Systems Programming and Operating Systems4
    CIS 3223Data Structures and Algorithms3
    Select one of the following:3-4
    Software Design
    CIS 3000+ Elective 1,2
    Physics Courses
    Select one of the following:4
    Elementary Classical Physics I
    Honors Elementary Classical Physics I
    General Physics I
    Honors General Physics I (F)
    Select one of the following:4
    Elementary Classical Physics II
    Honors Elementary Classical Physics II
    General Physics II
    Honors General Physics II (S)
    PHYS 2101Classical Mechanics (S)3
    PHYS 3511Scientific Computing II1.5
    PHYS 4511Scientific Computing III1.5
    PHYS 2502Mathematical Physics (S)4
    PHYS 2796Introduction to Modern Physics (S)4
    PHYS 3301Electricity and Magnetism (F)4
    PHYS 3701Introduction to Quantum Mechanics (S)3
    Select one of the following:3
    Thermal Physics (F)
    Physics Elective 1
    Capstone Course
    Select one of the following:3
    Independent Research in Computer Science
    Projects in Computer Science
    Experimental Physics (S)
    Total Credit Hours77-78
    (F) - Fall only course
    (S) - Spring only course

Calculation of Major GPA

Courses listed under the major requirements for the degree will be included in the calculation of the major GPA. Courses that could not apply toward the major as an elective or required course would not be counted in the calculation of the major GPA. This would include MATH 1022, for example.

Distinction in Major

A student who wishes to graduate with distinction in the major must complete all courses required for the major with a GPA of 3.5 or better, and carry out an independent study or undergraduate thesis project. Consult the faculty advisor for more details.

Suggested Academic Plan

Bachelor of Science in Computer Science & Physics

Requirements for New Students starting in the 2018-2019 Academic Year

Year 1
FallCredit Hours
MATH 1041 or 1941Calculus I4
CIS 1068 or 1968Program Design and Abstraction4
Select one of the following:4
Elementary Classical Physics I 
Honors Elementary Classical Physics I 
General Physics I 
Honors General Physics I (F) 
General Education/Elective Credits4
 Term Credit Hours16
Spring
MATH 1042 or 1942Calculus II4
CIS 1166 or 1966Mathematical Concepts in Computing I4
Select one of the following:4
Elementary Classical Physics II 
Honors Elementary Classical Physics II 
General Physics II 
Honors General Physics II (S) 
General Education/Elective Credits4
 Term Credit Hours16
Year 2
Fall
MATH 2043 or 2943Calculus III4
CIS 2168Data Structures4
PHYS 3511Scientific Computing II1.5
General Education/Elective Credits6
 Term Credit Hours15.5
Spring
CIS 2107Computer Systems and Low-Level Programming4
PHYS 2502Mathematical Physics (S)4
PHYS 2796Introduction to Modern Physics [WI] (S)4
PHYS 4511Scientific Computing III1.5
General Education/Elective Credits2
 Term Credit Hours15.5
Year 3
Fall
CIS 3207Introduction to Systems Programming and Operating Systems4
CIS 2166Mathematical Concepts in Computing II4
PHYS 3301Electricity and Magnetism (F)4
General Education/Elective Credits3
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
CIS 3223Data Structures and Algorithms3
PHYS 2101Classical Mechanics (S)3
PHYS 3701Introduction to Quantum Mechanics (S)3
General Education/Elective Credits6
 Term Credit Hours15
Year 4
Fall
Select one of the following:3-4
Software Design 
CIS 3000+ Elective
 
Select one of the following:3
Thermal Physics (F) 
Physics Elective
 
General Education/Elective Credits9-8
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
Select one of the following:3
Independent Research in Computer Science [WI] 
Projects in Computer Science [WI] 
Experimental Physics [WI] (S) 
CIS Elective4
General Education/Elective Credits8
 Term Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours: 123
(F) - Fall only course
(S) - Spring only course