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B.S./B.A. in Physics + M.S. Data Science Curriculum

First Year

Fall Semester

PHYS 1705 Principle of Physics I 3
PHYS 1815 Data Analysis Physics Laboratory I 2
ENGL 1201 Core English I    3
MATH 1501 Calculus I 4

Spring Semester

PHYS 1706 Principle of Physics II 3
PHYS 1816 Data Analysis Physics Laboratory II 1
ENGL 1202 Core English II        3
MATH 1511 Calculus II        4

Second Year

Fall Semester

PHYS 2185 Introductory Modern Physics 4
PHYS 2883 Electronics I      3
MATH 2511 Calculus III 4
CHEM 1107* Principles of Chemistry I or CHEM 1123/1125*  General Chemistry I and Lab       4
*B.A. Physics students must take CHEM 1107.  

Spring Semester

PHYS 2112 Physical Applications of Mathematical Techniques 4
PHYS 2186 Waves and Oscillations    3
CHEM 1108* Principles of Chemistry II or CHEM 1124/1126* General Chemistry II and Lab   5/4
* B.A. Physics students must take CHEM 1108.  

Third Year

Fall Semester

PHYS 3119 Mathematical Methods of Physics I     4
PHYS 3121 Mechanics I 3
PHYS 3185 Electricity and Magnetism I 3
PHYS 3815 Advanced Laboratory II  2

Spring Semester

PHYS 3122 Mechanics II  3
PHYS 3217 Modern Optics 3
PHYS 3812 Advanced Laboratory II 2
PHYS 4211 Quantum Mechanics I 3
Elective Courses (see below)  

Recommended Electives

BIOL 1201 General Biology I
BIOL 1202 General Biology II
CHEM 2321 Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 2315 Organic Chemistry I Lab
CHEM 2322 Organic Chemistry II
CHEM 2316 Organic Chemistry II Lab
CLAS 1314 Scientific Terminology
CSAS 1113 Introduction to Computer Science I
ENGL 3514 Scientific and Technical Writing
MATH 2111 Statistics for Science Majors (Prerequisite: MATH 1401)
PHIL 2700 Philosophy of Science
PHYS 2894 Electronics II
PHYS 3186 Electricity and Magnetism II
PHYS 4211 Quantum Mechanics I
PHYS 4212 Quantum Mechanics II
PHYS 4219 Statistical Physics
PHYS 4290 Research in Physics I
PHYS 4291 Research in Physics II

Data Science Accelerated Curriculum

By Spring of Junior Year
Students must have completed MATH 2111 Statistics for Science Majors (general elective) and CSAS 1113 Computing for Science Majors (elective for the B.S. in Physics). B.A. majors may also complete ISCI 1117 Computing for Informatics instead of CSAS 1113.

Summer between the Junior and Senior Years
Students take the graduate course DASC 7211 Network Analysis or DASC 7521 Operations Research, which shall count as a general elective for the undergraduate requirements.

Senior Year
Students take DASC 6010 Data Mining and DASC 7111 Text Mining. DASC 6010 and DASC 7111 replace the undergraduate courses DASC (CSAS) 3010 and DASC 3111. Optionally, students may additionally take DASC 7000 Data Visualization which replaces the undergraduate course DASC 3000.

Graduate Year

  • Fall Semester: Take DASC 6811 Statistics for Data Science and DASC 7000 Data Visualization (if not yet taken)
  • Spring Semester: Take DASC 6911 Big Data Analytics and two elective graduate courses from the M.S. in Data Science curriculum
  • Summer Session: Take DASC 9311 Data Science Project and one elective graduate course from the M.S. in Data Science curriculum