Data Science and Physics, BS

The data science and physics combined major brings together computer and data science, physics, and mathematics. The computer science and mathematics requirements serve as a foundation for both data science and physics. From hands-on experience with sophisticated physics instruments, to mathematical theory, to the latest computational innovations, our interdisciplinary approach is designed to 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.

Data Science Courses

Computer Science Overview
CS 1200First Year Seminar1
CS 1210Professional Development for Khoury Co-op1
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
Computer Science Required Courses
CS 3200Database Design4
CS 3500Object-Oriented Design4
Data Science Foundations
DS 3000Foundations of Data Science4
DS 4200Information Presentation and Visualization4
DS 4300Large-Scale Information Storage and Retrieval4
DS 4400Machine Learning and Data Mining 14
Computer Science Senior Seminar
THTR 1170The Eloquent Presenter1

Physics Courses

Required Courses
PHYS 1161
and PHYS 1162
and PHYS 1163
Physics 1
and Lab for PHYS 1161
and Recitation for PHYS 1161
5
PHYS 1165
and PHYS 1166
and PHYS 1167
Physics 2
and Lab for PHYS 1165
and Recitation for PHYS 1165
5
Intermediate Physics
PHYS 2303Modern Physics4
PHYS 3601Classical Dynamics4
PHYS 3602Electricity and Magnetism 14
PHYS 3603Electricity and Magnetism 24
Advanced Physics
PHYS 3600Advanced Physics Laboratory4
PHYS 4115Quantum Mechanics I4
or PHYS 5116 Complex Networks and Applications
PHYS 4305Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics4

Electives

Khoury Elective
With adviser approval, directed study, research, project study, and appropriate graduate-level courses may also be taken as upper-division electives.
Complete four credits of CS, CY, DS, or IS classes that are not already required. Choose courses within the following ranges: 4
CS 2500 or higher, except CS 5010
CY 2000 or higher, except CY 4930
DS 2500 or higher, except DS 4900
IS 2000 or higher, except IS 4900
Physics Elective
Complete one course not already required in the following range:4
PHYS 3000 to PHYS 5999

Computer Science Writing Requirement

College Writing
ENGW 1111First-Year Writing4
Advanced Writing in the Disciplines
ENGW 3302Advanced Writing in the Technical Professions4
or ENGW 3307 Advanced Writing in the Sciences
or ENGW 3315 Interdisciplinary Advanced Writing in the Disciplines

Supporting Courses

Calculus
MATH 1341Calculus 1 for Science and Engineering4
MATH 1342Calculus 2 for Science and Engineering4
MATH 2321Calculus 3 for Science and Engineering4
Additional Mathematics Requirements
MATH 2341Differential Equations and Linear Algebra for Engineering4
MATH 3081Probability and Statistics4

Integrative Course and Capstone

PHYS 5318Principles of Experimental Physics4

Required General Electives

Complete 16 credits of general electives.16

Khoury College GPA Requirement

Minimum 2.000 GPA required in all CS, CY, DS, and IS courses

NUpath Requirements Satisfied

  • Engaging with the Natural and Designed World 
  • 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

135 total semester hours required

Sample Patterns:

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 1165
and PHYS 1166
and PHYS 1167
5  
PHYS 1161
and PHYS 1162
and PHYS 1163
5ENGW 11114  
MATH 13414   
 20 18 0 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
CS 35004MATH 23414CS 32004Co-op0
PHYS 23034PHYS 36014MATH 30814 
DS 30004DS 42004  
MATH 23214General elective4  
 CS 12101  
 16 17 8 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-opPHYS 36024PHYS 36004Co-op
 PHYS 43054PHYS 36034 
 DS 43004  
 General elective4  
 0 16 8 0
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-opDS 44004VacationCo-op
 PHYS 4115 or 51164  
 ENGW 33074  
 THTR 11701  
 Khoury elective4  
 0 17 0 0
Year 5
FallHoursSpringHours  
Co-opPHYS 53184  
 PHYS XXXX advanced physics elective4  
 General elective4  
 General elective4  
 0 16  
Total Hours: 136

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

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
CS 12001CS 2510
and CS 2511
5MATH 23314MATH 23414
CS 1800
and CS 1802
5MATH 13424General elective4General elective4
CS 2500
and CS 2501
5PHYS 1165
and PHYS 1166
and PHYS 1167
5  
PHYS 1161
and PHYS 1162
and PHYS 1163
5ENGW 11114  
MATH 13414   
 20 18 8 8
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
CS 35004CS 12101CS 32004Co-op0
DS 30004DS 42004MATH 30814 
PHYS 23034ENGW 33074  
General elective4PHYS 36014  
 General elective4  
 16 17 8 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-opPHYS 36024PHYS 36004Co-op
 PHYS 43054PHYS 36034 
 DS 43004  
 Khoury elective4  
 THTR 11701  
 0 17 8 0
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHours  
Co-opDS 44004  
 PHYS 53184  
 PHYS 4115 or 51164  
 PHYS XXXX advanced physics elective4  
 0 16  
Total Hours: 136