Mathematical and Physical Sciences

The majors in mathematical and physical sciences combine purely logical and analytical reasoning, as exemplified by mathematics and computer science, with the study of nature at its most fundamental, the science of physics.
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The requirements listed on these pages may change by the year as programs and courses are added or altered. Archived Academic Catalogs for previous years can be viewed in pdf form here. These documents contains the specific academic requirements pertaining to those who entered the College before the 2015-16 year.

In the past, human curiosity about the phenomena of science and engineering has spurred the creation of new mathematics. Today, this dialogue is not only between mathematics and the physical sciences, but includes economics, the social sciences, and research into artificial intelligence. Computer research is yielding powerful new methods of analysis and visualization, with significant impact on mathematics and the physical sciences. The way is now being paved for a similar computer-spurred revolution in the rest of the liberal arts.

The student who chooses one of the majors in mathematical and physical sciences will receive well-rounded yet intensive preparation for a career or postgraduate work. A major in physics prepares students for professional training in engineering (see Wells College's articulation programs); a major in mathematics or computer science with additional work in economics prepares students for careers in business.

Computer Science Major

The number of courses required for the major is 14 (43-45 semester hours). At least four of these courses (12 semester hours) must be at the 300-level or above. Internships may not be used to fulfill major requirements.

REQUIRED COURSES

All of the following (28 sem. hrs.)

CS 131 Programming I: Procedural Methods (3 sem. hrs.)
CS 132 Programming II: Object Orientation (3 sem. hrs.)
CS 225 Computer Organization and Assembly Language Programming (3 sem. hrs.)
MATH 111 Calculus I: Introduction to Calculus (4 sem. hrs.)
MATH 112 Calculus II: Introduction to Calculus (4 sem. hrs.)
MATH 267 Discrete Mathematics (3 sem. hrs.)
MPS 402 Senior Seminar in Mathematical and Physical Sciences I (2 sem. hrs.)
MPS 403 Senior Seminar in Mathematical and Physical Sciences II (2 sem. hrs.)
PHYS 111L Fundamentals of Physics I (4 sem. hrs.)

Three of the following (9 sem. hrs.)

CS 310 Software Engineering (3 sem. hrs.)
CS 322 Algorithms: Design and Analysis (3 sem. hrs.)
CS 325 Database Systems (3 sem. hrs.)
CS 340 Unix/Linux Systems Administration (3 sem. hrs.)
CS 345 GUI Programming (3 sem. hrs.)
CS 285/385 Topics in Computer Science (3 sem. hrs.)
MATH 301 Applied and Computational Mathematics (3 sem. hrs.)

Two courses in mathematics, computer science, or physics above the 100-level. (6-8 sem. hrs.)

Mathematics Major

The number of courses required for the major is 14 (44-47 semester hours). At least four of these courses (12 semester hours) must be at the 300-level or above. Internships may not be used to fulfill major requirements.

REQUIRED COURSES

All of the following (25 sem. hrs.)

CS 131 Programming I: Procedural Methods (3 sem. hrs.)
MATH 111 Calculus I: Introduction to Calculus (4 sem. hrs.)
MATH 112 Calculus II: Introduction to Calculus (4 sem. hrs.)
MATH 212 Linear Algebra (3 sem. hrs.)
MATH 267 Discrete Mathematics (3 sem. hrs.)
MPS 402 Senior Seminar in Mathematical and Physical Sciences I (2 sem. hrs.)
MPS 403 Senior Seminar in Mathematical and Physical Sciences II (2 sem. hrs.)
PHYS 111L Fundamentals of Physics I (4 sem. hrs.)]

One of the following (3 sem. hrs.)

MATH 312 Real Analysis (3 sem. hrs.)
MATH 313 Abstract Algebra (3 sem. hrs.)

Two of the following (6 sem. hrs.)

MATH 211 Calculus III: Multivariable Calculus (3 sem. hrs.)
MATH 213 Ordinary Differential Equations and Applications (3 sem. hrs.)
MATH 251 Mathematical Statistics (3 sem. hrs.)
MATH 300 Probability Theory (3 sem. hrs.)
MATH 301 Applied and Computational Mathematics (3 sem. hrs.)
MATH 305 Operations Research (3 sem. hrs.)
MATH 312 Real Analysis (if not taken above) (3 sem. hrs.)
MATH 313 Abstract Algebra (if not taken above) (3 sem. hrs.)

Three of the following (9-12 sem. hrs.)

Courses in mathematics, computer science, or physics above the 100-level (3-4 sem. hrs.), or
CHEM 301 Physical Chemistry (3 sem. hrs.)
CS 132 Programming II: Object Orientation (3 sem. hrs.)
ECON 314 Econometrics (4 sem. hrs.)

Physics Major

The number of courses required for the major is 17 (54-58 semester hours). At least four of these courses (12 semester hours) must be at the 300-level or above. Internships may not be used to fulfill major requirements.

REQUIRED COURSES

All of the following (32 sem. hrs.)

MATH 111 Calculus I: Introduction to Calculus (4 sem. hrs.)
MATH 112 Calculus II: Introduction to Calculus (4 sem. hrs.)
MATH 211 Calculus III: Multivariable Calculus (3 sem. hrs.)
MATH 213 Ordinary Differential Equations and Applications (3 sem. hrs.)
MPS 402 Senior Seminar in Mathematical and Physical Sciences I (2 sem. hrs.)
MPS 403 Senior Seminar in Mathematical and Physical Sciences II (2 sem. hrs.)
PHYS 111L Fundamentals of Physics I (4 sem. hrs.)
PHYS 212L Fundamentals of Physics II (4 sem. hrs.)
PHYS 302 Modern Physics (3 sem. hrs.)

Either of the following (3-4 sem. hrs.)

CHEM 107L General Chemistry (4 sem. hrs.)
CS 131 Programming I: Procedural Methods (3 sem. hrs.)

Three of the following (9-10 sem. hrs.)

CHEM 301 Physical Chemistry (3 sem. hrs.)
CS 132 Programming II: Object Orientation (3 sem. hrs.)
PHYS 221L Principles of Electronics (4 sem. hrs.)
PHYS 307 Special Relativity and Intermediate Quantum Mechanics (3 sem. hrs.)

Two of the following (6-7 sem. hrs.)

Courses in mathematics, computer science, or physics above the 100-level, or
CHEM 301 Physical Chemistry (3 sem. hrs.)
CS 132 Programming II: Object Orientation (3 sem. hrs.)
PHYS 221L Principles of Electronics (4 sem. hrs.)
PHYS 307 Special Relativity and Intermediate Quantum Mechanics (3 sem. hrs.)
PHYS 340 Experimental Physics (3 sem. hrs.)

One of the following (3-4 sem. hrs.)

Any course in computer science, mathematics or physics above the 100-level.

Computer Science Minor

Students majoring in physics or mathematics may minor in computer science. Internships may not be used to fulfill minor requirements. The total number of courses required for the minor is 6 (18 semester hours).

REQUIRED COURSES

All of the following (12 sem. hrs.)

CS 131 Programming I: Procedural Methods (3 sem. hrs.)
CS 132 Programming II: Object Orientation (3 sem. hrs.)
CS 225 Computer Organization and Assembly Language Programming (3 sem. hrs.)
MATH 267 Discrete Mathematics (3 sem. hrs.)

Two more computer science courses above the 100-level. A course in a related field may be substituted for one of these by permission. (6 sem. hrs.)

Mathematics Minor

Associate Professor T. Stiadle, Coordinator

Students majoring in physics or computer science may minor in mathematics. Internships may not be used to fulfill minor requirements.

The total number of courses required for the minor is 6 (20 semester hours).

REQUIRED COURSES

All of the following (20 sem. hrs.)

MATH 111 Calculus I: Introduction to Calculus (4 sem. hrs.)
MATH 112 Calculus II: Introduction to Calculus (4 sem. hrs.)

Four more mathematics courses above the 100-level (12 sem. hrs.)

Physics Minor

Professor S. Heinekamp, Coordinator

Students majoring in computer science or mathematics may minor in physics. Internships may not be used to fulfill minor requirements. The total number of courses required for the minor is 6 (21-22 semester hours).

REQUIRED COURSES

All of the following (21-22 sem. hrs.)

MATH 112 Calculus II: Introduction to Calculus (4 sem. hrs.)
PHYS 111L Fundamentals of Physics I (4 sem. hrs.)
PHYS 212L Fundamentals of Physics II (4 sem. hrs.)
PHYS 302 Modern Physics (3 sem. hrs.)

Two more physics course above the 100-level (6-7 sem. hrs.)

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