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Satisfying the Math requirements for a Physics Degree

There are four alternative routes through the mathematics sequences for physics and engineering physics majors, as well as physics minors.
  1. Standard:
    • Math 151 - Calculus I
    • Math 152 - Calculus II
    • Math 153 - Calculus III
    • Math 254 - Calculus IV
    • Math 415 (or 255) - Differential Eqs.
    • Math 513 (or 551) - Vector Analysis
    • Math 568 (or 571) - Linear Algebra*

  2. Accelerated: The standard introductory calculus sequence is compressed from 4 quarters into 3 quarters
    • Math 161 - Acc. Calculus I
    • Math 162 - Acc. Calculus II
    • Math 263 - Acc. Calculus III
    • Math 415 (or 255) - Differential Eqs.
    • Math 513 (or 551) - Vector Analysis
    • Math 568 (or 571) - Linear Algebra*

  3. Honors Accelerated: If a student takes Math H520, the student should complete the sequence with Math H521
    • Math H161 - Honors Calculus I
    • Math H162 - Honors Calculus II
    • Math H263 - Honors Calculus III
    • Math H521 (415 or 255) - Differential Eqs
    • Math 513 (or 551 or 416) - Vector Analysis
    • Math H520 (568 or 571) - Linear Algebra*

  4. Honors Advanced: If a student takes Math H520, the student should complete the sequence with Math H521.
    • Math H190 - Analysis I
    • Math H191 - Analysis II
    • Math H264 - Analysis III
    • Math H521 (415 or 255) - Differential Eqs
    • Math H520 (568 or 571) - Linear Algebra*

    Physics and engineering physics majors, especially those planning graduate work in physics, are strongly encouraged to take the highest-level math sequence for which they are qualified and with which they feel comfortable. In particular, it is advantageous to take the 161 series if possible, so as to be able to comfortably start with Physics 131 in the first quarter of enrollment. Additional math courses are recommended as electives. Suggested elective courses are:

    • Math 514 or 552 or H522 - Complex Variables
    • Math 569 or 572 - Linear Algebra II
    • Math 601-602-701 - Mathematical Methods in Science

    *Not required for B. S. (Arts and Sciences) options C-F.


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