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2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Computational Physics BS/Physics MS


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Undergraduate Course Requirements


Graduate Course Requirements


Computational Physics Core (15 credits)


  • PHY 505LEC - Computational Physics I Credits: 3
  • PHY 506LEC - Computational Physics II Credits: 3
  • PHY 515LEC - High Perform Computing 1 Credits: 3
  • PHY 516LEC - High Perform Computing 2 Credits: 3
  • PHY 551LAB Graduate Physics Laboratory I OR PHY 552LAB Graduate Physics Laboratory II Credits: 3

Physics 500 level Courses (15 credits)


PHY Electives and M.S. thesis as approved by thesis advisor and Director of Graduate Studies

Total Credits Required for Major (Undergraduate): 79


Additional Degree Requirements Include:


  • Additional coursework to fulfill UB Curriculum requirements
  • Elective courses as needed to complete the 140 credit hour total

Total Undergraduate Credits Required: 108


Total Credits required for Major (Graduate): 30


Total Credits Required for Graduation: 138


Total Credit Hours Required represents the minimum credits needed to complete this program, and may vary based on a number of circumstances. This should not be used for financial aid purposes.

Program Honors


A student must excel in course work as well as complete a Senior Thesis.  The Senior Thesis is prepared under the supervision of a Department of Physics faculty member. Credit for this is obtained through PHY 497 . The thesis is reviewed by the student’s mentor and the Undergraduate Director. The thesis should be at least 20 pages long and the student must have completed at least one semester of PHY 497 

Students must also meet the remaining criteria outlined in the Academic Honors policy. Students who successfully complete the honors program and meet the criteria will have the appropriate notation on their official transcript.

Academic Requirements


Minimum GPA of 2.500 in the following courses: PHY 107 PHY 108 PHY 117 PHY 118 PHY 158 MTH 141 , and MTH 142 .

Curricular Plan


A Curricular Plan provides a roadmap for completing this academic program and the UB Curriculum on time. Your actual plan may vary depending on point of entry to the university, course placement and/or waivers based on standardized test scores, earned alternative credit and/or college transfer credit.

First Year Fall


Total Credits: 18


Total Credits: 17


Total Credits: 18


Second Year Spring


Total Credits: 15


Third Year Fall


Total Credits: 16


Total Credits: 14


Fourth Year Fall


Total Credits: 13


Fourth Year Spring


  • PHY 506LEC - Computational Physics 2 Credits: 3
     
  • PHY 552 Credits: 3 OR
  • PHY 551 Credits: 3 (fall)
     
  • PHY 500-level elect. (and MS Thesis) Credits: 3

Total Credits: 9


Fifth Year Fall


  • PHY 515LEC - High Perform Computing 1 Credits: 3
  • PHY 500-level elect. (and MS Thesis) Credits: 3
  • PHY 500-level elect. (and MS Thesis) Credits: 3

Total Credits: 9


Fifth Year Spring


  • PHY 516LEC - High Perform Computing 2 Credits: 3
  • PHY 500-level elect. (and MS Thesis) Credits: 3
  • PHY 500-level elect. (and MS Thesis) Credits: 3

Total Credits: 9


Total Credits Required: 138


Note: Some classes may count toward both a major and UB Curriculum requirement.

Learning Outcomes


  • Computational skills
  • Analytical skills
  • Practical problem solving and mathematical modeling skills
  • Research skills
  • Communication skills

 

(HEGIS: 19.00 PHYSICAL SCI UNCLASSIFD, CIP40.0810 Theoretical and Mathematical Physics)

 

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