Computer Science and Physics, BS

The computer science and physics combined major brings together three disciplines: computer science, physics, and mathematics. The mathematics requirements serve as a foundation for both computer science and physics. From hands-on experience with sophisticated physics instruments, to mathematical theory, to the latest computational innovations, our interdisciplinary approach will prepare students for the myriad challenges in today’s rapidly changing world.

Complete all courses listed below unless otherwise indicated. Also complete any corequisite labs, recitations, clinicals, or tools courses where specified and complete any additional courses needed beyond specific college and major requirements to satisfy graduation credit requirements.

University-Wide Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the University-Wide Requirements.

NUpath Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the NUpath Requirements.

Computer Science Courses

Computer Science Overview
CS 1200Leadership Skill Development1
CS 1210Professional Development for CCIS Co-op1
Computer Science Fundamental Courses
A grade of C– or higher is required in computer science fundamental courses.
CS 1800
and CS 1802
Discrete Structures
and Seminar for CS 1800
5
CS 2500
and CS 2501
Fundamentals of Computer Science 1
and Lab for CS 2500
5
CS 2510
and CS 2511
Fundamentals of Computer Science 2
and Lab for CS 2510
5
CS 2800
and CS 2801
Logic and Computation
and Lab for CS 2800
5
Computer Science Required Courses
CS 3000Algorithms and Data4
CS 3500Object-Oriented Design4
CS 3800Theory of Computation4
CS 4500
and CS 4501
Software Development
and Recitation for CS 4500
4
Computer Science Senior Seminar
THTR 1170The Eloquent Presenter1

Physics Courses

Required Courses
PHYS 1161
and PHYS 1162
Physics 1
and Lab for PHYS 1161
5
PHYS 1165
and PHYS 1166
Physics 2
and Lab for PHYS 1165
5
Intermediate Physics
PHYS 2303Modern Physics4
PHYS 2305Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics4
PHYS 2371
and PHYS 2372
Electronics
and Lab for PHYS 2371 (Integrative course)
4
Advanced Physics
PHYS 3600Advanced Physics Laboratory4
PHYS 3602Electricity and Magnetism4

Capstone and Electives

Capstone
Complete either one computer science capstone or the physics capstone:4
Computer Science Capstone
Artificial Intelligence
Computer Graphics
Compilers
Game Artificial Intelligence
Web Development
Physics Capstone
Principles of Experimental Physics
Computer Science Elective
The computer science elective is not required if the student has completed the computer science capstone (above). With advisor approval, a directed study, research, project study, or appropriate graduate-level course may also be taken as a computer science elective.
Complete 4 credits of CS, IS, or DS classes that are not already required. Choose courses within the following ranges:4
CS 2500 or higher, except CS 5010
IS 2000 or higher, except IS 4900
DS 2000 or higher, except DS 4900
Physics Elective
Only one physics elective is required if the student has completed the physics capstone (above).
Complete two courses in the following range:8
PHYS 3000 to PHYS 5999

Integrative Courses

Calculus
MATH 1341Calculus 1 for Science and Engineering (a grade of C– or higher is required)4
MATH 1342Calculus 2 for Science and Engineering (a grade of C– or higher is required)4
MATH 2321Calculus 3 for Science and Engineering4
Additional Mathematics Requirements
MATH 2341Differential Equations and Linear Algebra for Engineering4
MATH 4525Applied Analysis4

Supporting Course

Complete one of the following:4
Wired/Unwired: Cybercultures and Technopolitics
Cyberlaw: Privacy, Ethics, and Digital Rights
Bostonography: The City through Data, Texts, Maps, and Networks
Technology and Human Values
The 21st-Century Workplace
Environment, Technology, and Society
Computers and Society

Computer Science Writing Requirement

College Writing
ENGW 1111First-Year Writing4
Advanced Writing in the Disciplines
ENGW 3302Advanced Writing in the Technical Professions4
or ENGW 3315 Interdisciplinary Advanced Writing in the Disciplines

Required General Electives

Complete six general electives.24

Major GPA Requirement

Minimum 2.000 GPA required in all CS and IS courses

NUpath Requirements Satisfied

  • Engaging with the Natural and Designed World
  • Exploring Creative Expression and Innovation
  • Conducting Formal and Quantitative Reasoning
  • Analyzing and Using Data
  • Writing in the First Year
  • Advanced Writing in the Disciplines
  • Writing-Intensive in the Major
  • Demonstrating Thought and Action in a Capstone

Integrating Knowledge and Skills Through Experience is satisfied through co-op.

Program Requirement

136 total semester hours required

Sample Patterns:

Four Years, Two Co-ops in Summer 2/Fall

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
CS 12001CS 2510
and CS 2511
5CS 35004Vacation
CS 1800
and CS 1802
5MATH 13424MATH 23214 
CS 2500
and CS 2501
5PHYS 11654  
MATH 13414PHYS 11661  
PHYS 11614ENGW 11114  
PHYS 11621   
 20 18 8 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
CS 2800
and CS 2801
5CS 30004Elective4Co-op
MATH 23414PHYS 36024Elective4 
PHYS 23713Computing and social issues4  
PHYS 23721PHYS 23054  
PHYS 23034CS 12101  
 17 17 8 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-opCS 38004PHYS 36004Co-op
 Elective4Elective4 
 PHYS elective if CS capstone (CS elective if PHYS capstone)4  
 CS or PHYS capstone4  
 THTR 11701  
 0 17 8 0
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1Hours 
Co-opCS 4500
and CS 4501
4Elective4 
 MATH 45254Elective4 
 PHYS elective4  
 ENGW 33024  
 0 16 8 
Total Hours: 137

Five Years, Three Co-ops in Summer 2/Fall

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
CS 12001CS 2510
and CS 2511
5Vacation0Vacation0
CS 1800
and CS 1802
5MATH 13424  
CS 2500
and CS 2501
5PHYS 11654  
MATH 13414PHYS 11661  
PHYS 11614ENGW 11114  
PHYS 11621   
 20 18 0 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
CS 35004CS 30004Vacation0Co-op0
PHYS 23034MATH 23214  
PHYS 23713PHYS 23054  
PHYS 23721MATH 23414  
CS 2800
and CS 2801
5CS 12101  
 17 17 0 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-op0CS 38004PHYS 36004Co-op0
 Elective4Elective4 
 PHYS 36024  
 ENGW 33024  
 THTR 11701  
 0 17 8 0
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-op0CS 4500
and CS 4501
4Elective4Co-op0
 MATH 45254Elective4 
 PHYS elective4  
 Computing and social issues4  
 0 16 8 0
Year 5
FallHoursSpringHours  
Co-op0CS or PHYS capstone4  
 PHYS elective if CS capstone (CS elective if PHYS capstone)4  
 Elective4  
 Elective4  
 0 16  
Total Hours: 137

Five Years, Three Co-ops in Spring/Summer 1

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
CS 1800
and CS 1802
5CS 2510
and CS 2511
5Vacation0Vacation0
CS 2500
and CS 2501
5MATH 13424  
PHYS 11614PHYS 11654  
PHYS 11621PHYS 11661  
CS 12001ENGW 11114  
MATH 13414   
 20 18 0 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
CS 35004Co-op0Co-op0Vacation0
PHYS 23034   
PHYS 23713   
PHYS 23721   
CS 2800
and CS 2801
5   
CS 12101   
 18 0 0 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
MATH 23214Co-op0Co-op0PHYS 23054
CS 30004  PHYS 36004
MATH 23414   
Elective4   
 16 0 0 8
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
CS 38004Co-op0Co-op0Elective4
Elective4  Elective4
PHYS 36024   
ENGW 33024   
THTR 11701   
 17 0 0 8
Year 5
FallHoursSpringHours  
CS 4500
and CS 4501
4CS or PHYS capstone4  
MATH 45254PHYS elective if CS capstone (CS elective if PHYS capstone)4  
PHYS elective4Elective4  
Computing and social issues4Elective4  
 16 16  
Total Hours: 137