Mathematics-Physics Major

Major Student Learning Objectives - Students graduating with a Mathematics-Physics major from Agnes Scott College will be able to:

  • demonstrate an understanding of the abstract nature of theoretical mathematics by working with abstract concepts and constructing proofs;
  • exhibit proficiency in the computational techniques of calculus, differential equations, and linear algebra;
  • demonstrate skills in problem analysis and problem solving, both individually and collaboratively;
  • use mathematics as a tool for solving problems modeling physical situations;
  • demonstrate the ability to use technology wisely, adapt to new forms of technology, and make use of technology as a tool and expression of their mathematical ability;
  • understand and apply the basic laws of physics;
  • design experiments and collect and analyze data.

Requirements

The minimum number of credits required to complete the major in mathematics-physics is 48.

  • Mathematics 118, 119, 206, 220, 309 and at least four additional credits in mathematics. The additional course must be at the 200-level or above and must be approved by the adviser to the major in mathematics.
  • Physics 110, 111, 210 and 12 additional credits, 8 of which must be at the 300-level or above.
  • Mathematics-Physics majors are encouraged to enroll in the Senior Seminar in Mathematics (MAT 480) or the Advanced Seminar in Physics (PHY 400).

All mathematics, mathematics-economics and mathematics-physics majors are required to take an exit exam: the Mathematics Major Field Test from the Educational Testing Service.