Mathematical Physics (B.S.)

Southwestern Adventist University’s Department of Mathematics and Physical Sciences offers two majors having a very strong emphasis in Physics: These are the Bachelor of Science in Mathematical Physics and Bachelor of Science in Physical Science -Secondary Teacher Certification with concentration in Physics. Studying physics can be a valuable part of a broad education. Students who combine mastery of the basic principles and methods of physics with the outlook and adaptability provided by a liberal Christian education will find themselves well-prepared for a variety of careers.

Students trained in Mathematical Physics will find many opportunities that are either Mathematics or Physics related. Currently there is a shortage of graduates with this kind of academic preparation. National interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) areas have highlighted the need for graduates trained in these areas, at all academic levels and as a matter of highest national significance. Career options for Mathematical Physics graduates are not limited to Mathematics or Physics. Graduates will find openings in Applied Mathematics, Scientific Research, Statistics, Acturial Work and other related fields. 

Job Outlook

Recent physics graduates have gone into top graduate and professional schools and have successfully entered careers in industry. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics,”employment of mathematicians is expected to increase by 16 percent from 2010 to 2020, about as fast as the average for all occupations.” Physicists should expect to see growth by 14 percent from 2010 to 2020, as fast as the average for all occupations. Jobs purely in Mathematics or Physics will be hard to come by, however openings will be found in related fields.

Earnings

Earning potential is also affected by geographic location and by whether one pursues a career in industry, academia or in a government-related organization. Salaries for holders of bachelor’s degrees in Mathematical Physics start around $38,541 and can reach up to $106,181.

Educational Qualifications

Bachelor-degree candidates are generally qualified for entry-level positions in most career fields. Getting a graduate or professional degree will significantly increase the earning potential of the holder of a first degree. 

To view general education requirements for this major, please visit catalog.swau.edu/Undergraduate/2017-2018.

 

MATH 181 Calculus I ....................................................... 4

MATH 201 Research Methods in Mathematics ......1

MATH 282 Calculus II.........................................................4

MATH 283 Calculus III ...................................................... 4

MATH 321 Differential Equations ..................................... 3

MATH 361 Introduction to Linear Algebra..........................3

MATH 381 Complex Variables...........................................3

MATH 411 Numerical Analysis .........................................3

MATH 431 Modern Algebra OR 

MATH 471 Advanced Calculus.........................

MATH 455 Probability Theory ......................................... 3

MATH 485 Portfolio ........................................................ 1

PHYS 121 General Physics I ............................................4

PHYS 122 General Physics II..............................................4

PHYS 221 General Physics with Calculus I ........................1

PHYS 222 General Physics with Calculus II.......................1

PHYS 311 Modern Physics...............................................3

PHYS 322 Classical Mechanics...........................................3

PHYS 351 Electromagnetic Fields........................................3

PHYS 411 Quantum Mechanics...........................................3

TOTAL: 54

 

REQUIRED COGNATES

CHEM 111 General Chemistry I.................................................................................................................................................................. 4

CHEM 112 General Chemistry II ................................................................................................................................................................ 4

CSIS 110 Principles of Computer Programming I or equivalent ......................................................................................................... 3 

 

First Year

First Semester

UNIV 110—Principles of Active Learning................1

CHEM 111—General Chemistry I............................4

KINA—Physical Activity Elective............................1

ENGL 121—Freshman Composition........................3

RLGN—Religion Elective .........................................3

MATH 121—PreCalculus ........................................3

TOTAL:​ 15

Second Semester

KINT 111—Health and Wellness..............................3

CHEM 112—General Chemistry II ............................4

CSIS 110—Principles of Computer Programming I .....3

COMM 111—Speech ...........................................3

MATH 181—Calculus I .............................................4

TOTAL:​ 17

Second Year

PHYS 121—General Physics I ...................................4

PHYS 221—General Physics with Calculus I ...............1

RLGN—Religion Elective ...........................................3

ENGL 220—Research Writing...................................3

MATH 282—Calculus II ............................................4

TOTAL:​ 15

PHYS 122—General Physics II ...................................4

PHYS 222—General Physics with Calculus II ............1

Social/Behav. Sci. Elective ........................................3

MATH 201—Research Methods in Mathematics........1

Social/Behav. Sci.Elective ..........................................3

MATH 283—Calculus III ...........................................4

TOTAL:​ 16

Third Year

PHYS 311—Modern Physics....................................3

Elective...................................................................3

RLGN—Religion Elective ...........................................3

MATH 461—Number Theory ......................................3

MATH 321—Differential Equations.............................3

TOTAL:​ 15

MATH 381—Complex Variables ....................................3

Elective...........................................................................3

PHYS 351—Electromagnetic Fields...............................3

MATH 471—Advanced Calculus ................................3

MATH 361—Introduction to Linear Algebra ...............3

TOTAL:​ 15

Fourth Year

PHYS 322—Classical Mechanics..................................3

ENGL—English Literature Elective...............................3

Social/Behav. Sci. Elective ............................................3

MATH 455 —Probability Theory .................................3

TOTAL:​ 12

PHYS 411—Quantum Mechanics ................................3

Social/Behav. Sci. Elective .............................................3

RLGN—Religion Upper Division Elective ......................3

RLGN—Religion Upper Division Elective ....................3

MATH 411—Numerical Analysis..............................3

MATH 485—Portfolio.............................................1

TOTAL:​ 16