Mathematics & Physics, B.S.

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

The Bachelor of Science in Mathematics & Physics, a program administered jointly between the Mathematics and Physics departments, 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 mathematical tools along with problem-solving skills, as well as for graduate studies in either mathematics or physics.

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
Science Education and Research Center, Room 412
215-204-7639
zbig.dziembowski@temple.edu

Department of Mathematics

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

Dr. Boris Datskovsky, Director of Advising and Coordinated Courses
Wachman Hall, Room 632
215-204-7847
mathadvising@temple.edu

Dr. Maria E. Lorenz, Director of Undergraduate Studies
Wachman Hall, Room 610
215-204-7852
mathadvising@temple.edu

Bachelor of Science 

Summary of Requirements for the Degree

  1. University Requirements (123 total s.h.)
    • Students must meet all University requirements including those listed below.
    • All Temple students must take a minimum of two writing-intensive courses at Temple as part of their major. The specific writing-intensive course options for this major are:
      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 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
    • 45 Upper Level (2000+) credits within the College of Science & Technology (CST), the College of Liberal Arts (CLA), or the College of Engineering (ENG).
    • 90 credits within the College of Science & Technology (CST), the College of Liberal Arts (CLA), or the College of Engineering (ENG).
    • All students in the College of Science & Technology (CST) are required to take a 1 credit first year seminar.  SCTC 1001 CST First Year Seminar is the appropriate course option for every entering first year CST major. Transfer students should use SCTC 2001 CST Transfer Seminar to fulfill this requirement. Other courses that fulfill this requirement may be found on the CST College Requirements page.
  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
    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
    MATH 2045Differential Equations with Linear Algebra (F)4
    MATH 2111Basic Concepts of Math3
    MATH 3031Probability Theory I3
    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 I (S)3
    PHYS 4101Thermal Physics (F)3
    Capstone Course
    MATH 4096Senior Problem Solving3
    or PHYS 4796 Experimental Physics
    Total Credit Hours76
    (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

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 2021-2022 Academic Year

Year 1
FallCredit Hours
MATH 1041 or 1941Calculus I4
Select one of the following:4
Elementary Classical Physics I 
Honors Elementary Classical Physics I (F) 
General Physics I 
Honors General Physics I (F) 
SCTC 1001CST First Year Seminar1
ENG 0802, 0812, or 0902Analytical Reading and Writing [GW]4
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours16
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) 
IH 0851 or 0951Intellectual Heritage I: The Good Life [GY]3
GenEd Breadth Course3
Elective1
 Term Credit Hours15
Year 2
Fall
MATH 2043 or 2943Calculus III4
MATH 2111Basic Concepts of Math3
MATH 2045Differential Equations with Linear Algebra (F)4
IH 0852 or 0952Intellectual Heritage II: The Common Good [GZ]3
Elective1
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
PHYS 2502Mathematical Physics (S)4
PHYS 2796Introduction to Modern Physics [WI] (S)4
MATH 3051Theoretical Linear Algebra (S)4
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours15
Year 3
Fall
MATH 3031Probability Theory I3
MATH 3141Advanced Calculus I (F)3
PHYS 3301Electricity and Magnetism (F)4
GenEd Breadth Course3
Elective3
 Term Credit Hours16
Spring
MATH 3142Advanced Calculus II (S)3
PHYS 2101Classical Mechanics (S)3
PHYS 3701Introduction to Quantum Mechanics I (S)3
GenEd Breadth Course3-4
Elective3
Elective1-0
 Term Credit Hours16
Year 4
Fall
MATH 3098Modern Algebra [WI] (F)3
MATH 4051Complex Analysis (F)3
PHYS 3101Analytical Mechanics (F)3
PHYS 4101Thermal Physics (F)3
Elective3
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
MATH 4096 or PHYS 4796Senior Problem Solving [WI]3
PHYS 3302Classical Electromagnetism (S)3
Elective3
Elective3
Elective3
 Term Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours: 123
(F) - Fall only course.
(S) - Spring only course.