Physics and Applied Mathematics, Bachelor of Arts - PAM

Major Requirements (50–54 Hours)

CPSC 207
Computer Programming
and Computer Programming Laboratory
MATH 131
MATH 132
Calculus I
and Calculus II for STEM majors
or MATH 133 Theory and Application of Calculus
MATH 225Foundations of Higher Mathematics3
MATH 231Calculus III4
MATH 326Linear Algebra and Differential Equations4
MATH 496Pro-Seminar2
PHYS 121General Physics I: Mechanics and Waves4
PHYS 122General Physics II: Temperature, Electricity, and Light4
PHYS 253General Physics III: Modern Physics3
Select one of the following:1
Computational Physics Laboratory
Modern Experimental Laboratory
Wave Mechanics Laboratory
Select three of the following physics electives:9
Nuclear Science
General Physics III: Modern Physics
Classical Mechanics
Fundamentals of Astrophysics
Quantum Mechanics
Electricity and Magnetism
Select three of the following mathematics and computer science electives:9-10
Simulation: Theory and Application
Data Structures
Differential Equations II
Numerical Analysis
Analysis I
Analysis II
Abstract Algebra I
Abstract Algebra II
Mathematical Modeling
Total Credits50-55

Advanced Writing Proficiency

The purpose of this requirement is to nurture the development of mathematical writing in order to deepen the student’s understanding of mathematics and to enable the student to communicate technical ideas to a range of audiences. Sophomores are expected to demonstrate proficiency in expository mathematics by the submission of an acceptable portfolio. Juniors are expected to demonstrate proficiency in technical or analytical mathematical writing by the submission of an acceptable portfolio. Seniors demonstrate their ability by completing a senior comprehensive paper, which is evaluated by a committee of three faculty.

Senior Comprehensive

All mathematics majors, in Pro-Seminar (MATH 496 Pro-Seminar), independently study a mathematical topic of their choice and work with a faculty advisor. They present their work in a series of talks in the seminar. The project culminates in a paper and a formal presentation. This final presentation, followed by questioning by a faculty committee, constitutes the Senior Comprehensive in mathematics.


S. Cox, C. Dwyer, C. Hoover, K. Kuter, E. Misiolek, P. Paranamana, C. Periton, M. Porter, R. Rohatgi, B. Vajiac, C. Wedrychowicz