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Mathematical Physics, Bachelor of Science



The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Mathematical Physics at St. John's University will prepare you with the necessary technical knowledge and skills, intellectual curiosity, and ethical awareness to become a lifelong learner who contributes to society. Mathematical Physics is especially suitable preparation for careers requiring analytical and computational representations of physical, biological, and economic systems.

In the program, you will learn to: 

Demonstrate understanding and application of fundamental physical laws and concepts.
  • Apply fundamental physical principles to the solution of problems presented in mathematical and verbal forms.
  • Calculate standard problems in fundamental subjects including mechanics, electricity and magnetism, thermodynamics, wave motion and modern physics.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in laboratory procedures.
Communicate scientific work effectively in writing and speaking.
  • Write accurate and analytical laboratory reports.
  • Analyze and respond effectively to qualitative questions.
  • Present effective oral and written reports in course and research projects.
Utilize computers for computation and simulation.
  • Perform computer-assisted calculations to solve differential equations and sets of linear equations.
  • Demonstrate ability to model physical systems digitally.
Demonstrate preparedness for transition to the next career step.
  • Explore and report career options
  • Explore and report opportunities for specialized training
  • Determine graduate school and/or professional school requirements and possible future options
Demonstrate the ability to participate in society as a scientifically literate citizen
  • Apply concepts and viewpoints to world issues and various aspects of life utilizing scientific thought, reasoning and knowledge.
  • Recognize major emerging societal issues in order to be in a position to contribute to resolution of future challenges.

            Department Contact

            Mostafa Sadoqi, Ph.D.
            Professor and Chair
            St. Albert Hall, Room B-40
            [email protected]

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            The major in Mathematical Physics requires 45 credits in addition to the core requirements, including:

            • PHY 1930
            • PHY 1940
            • PHY 1970
            • PHY 2110/2460
            • PHY 3210
            • PHY 3220
            • PHY 3310
            • MTH 1730
            • MTH 1740
            • MTH 2750
            • MTH 3840
            • CSC 1400

            You will also complete three elective courses approved by the department.

            Career Outcomes

            As a mathematical physicist, you apply mathematics to problems in physics and develop mathematical methods suitable for the formulation of physical theories. A degree in this field prepares you to work as a physicist or mathematician. Physicists study objects in the natural world to determine what they are made of and how they interact with other objects. Mathematicians use calculations to explain the relationships between two objects. 

            According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, overall employment of physicists is projected to grow 9 percent from 2018 to 2028, faster than the average for all occupations. Employment of mathematicians, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, is projected to grow 26 percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations. 

            Additional Information

            Eligible physics students have access to a wide range of academic and professional opportunities through the Sigma Pi Sigma honor society.