Mathematics - Physics

This major provides an integrated study of mathematics and its application in theoretical physics. Students elect at least 24 credits in mathematics and 24 credits in physics. Other courses may be elected in mathematics and physics, not to exceed a combined total of 64 credits. 

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 for the Mathematics-Physics Major 

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).

NOTE: The Agnes Scott depth standard requires that a minimum of 16 credits toward a major must be completed in Agnes Scott 300 or 400 level academic courses.

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.