Department of Physics

B.A. Physics: Data Science Emphasis

Purpose and Goals

The B.A. Physics degree provides a mechanism for interdisciplinary studies with physics as one area of concentration. The Data Science Emphasis integrates significant course work in physics, statistics and business analytics with electives from other areas such as Geographic Information Systems and computer programming. The goal is for students to develop broad-based skills in the analysis of data and the extraction of gainful information about a variety of systems.

Outline of Program

 
Required Physics                                                  18 hours
PHYSICS 1100 First-Year Projects in Physics - 1
PHYSICS 1701 Physics I for Science and Engineering - 4
PHYSICS 1702 Physics II for Science and Engineering - 4
PHYSICS 2300 Physics III: Theory & Simulation - 3
PHYSICS 4100 Modern Physics - 4
PHYSICS 4110 Modern Physics Laboratory - 2
 
Required Mathematics Core                                 8 hours
MATH 1420 Calculus I - 4
MATH 1421 Calculus II - 4
 
Required Data Science Core                              12 hours
STAT 1772 Introduction to Statistical Methods - 3
STAT 4772 Statistical Computing I - 3
ECON 1011 Statistics for Business Analytics - 3
ECON 1021 Decision Analytics - 3
 
Required Data Science Project
PHYSICS 3000 Undergraduate Research in Physics
  Or PHYSICS 3500  Internship in Applied Physics - 1 hour
 
Electives                                                             3-4 hours
Choose one of the following. Others need departmental approval.
 
CS 1510 Introduction to Computing - 4
CS 1520 Data Structures - 4
GEOG 3310 Geographic Information Systems I - 3
GEOG 4320/5320 Geographic Information Systems II - 3
ACT SCI 3780/5780 Mathematics of Finance - 3
STAT 3752/5752 Introduction to Probability  - 3
STAT 3771 Applied Statistical Methods for Research - 3
STAT 3775/5775 Introduction to Mathematical Statistics - 3
 

Total hours                                                        42-43 hours