Computational Physics

Department of Computer Science and Engineering

School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
226 Bell Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-2000

Phone: 716.645.3180
Fax: 716.645.3464
Web: www.cs.buffalo.edu

Department of Physics

College of Arts and Sciences
239 Fronczak Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-1500

Phone: 716.645.2017
Fax: 716.645.2507
Web: www.physics.buffalo.edu

Chunming Qiao (Computer Science and Engineering)
Director of Undergraduate Studies (CSE)
qiao@computer.org

Michael G. Fuda (Physics)
Director of Undergraduate Studies (PHY)
fuda@buffalo.edu

About the Program

This degree program, offered jointly by the Department of Physics and the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, makes it possible to pursue a number of career options. Graduates can pursue a research career in the traditional areas of physics such as condensed matter physics or particle physics, with a strong emphasis on computation. Graduates who pursue careers in physics education find that they are well prepared to use computers in the classroom and the teaching laboratory, and to develop educational software. Graduates can also play an important role in the development of virtual universities and the technology needed to facilitate distance learning, or pursue employment in firms that develop scientific software, as well as computer games. Even Wall Street employers are interested in people with a background in computational physics.

Advisement

For general information about this program, students should consult with the undergraduate director of physics, Professor Michael G. Fuda [333 Fronczak Hall, (716) 645-2017, ext. 192, fuda@buffalo.edu]; or the undergraduate director for computer science and engineering, Professor Chunming Qiao [201 Bell Hall, (716) 645-3180, ext. 140, qiao@computer.org].

Transfer Policy

Transfer students from accredited institutions are accepted into this program if they have completed, with a minimum GPA of 2.5, courses equivalent to CSE 115-CSE 116, MTH 141-MTH 142, and PHY 107-PHY 108/PHY 158.

Computational Physics - B.S.

Acceptance Criteria

Minimum GPA of 2.5 in the prerequisite courses.

Prerequisite Courses

CSE 115 Introduction to Computer Science for Majors I
CSE 116 Introduction to Computer Science for Majors II
MTH 141 College Calculus I
MTH 142 College Calculus II
PHY 107 General Physics I or PHY 117 Honors Physics I
PHY 108 General Physics II or PHY 118 Honors Physics II
PHY 158 General Physics II Lab

Required Courses

CSE 191/MTH 191 Introduction to Discrete Mathematics
CSE 250 Algorithms and Data Structures
CSE 305 Introduction to Programming Languages
CSE 437/MTH 437 Introduction to Numerical Analysis I or PHY 410 Computational Physics I
CSE 438/MTH 438 Introduction to Numerical Analysis II or PHY 411 Computational Physics II
CSE 442 Software Engineering
MTH 241 College Calculus III
MTH 306 Introduction to Differential Equations
MTH 309 Introductory Linear Algebra
PHY 207 General Physics III or PHY 217 Honors Physics III
PHY 208 General Physics IV
PHY 257 General Physics III Lab
PHY 301 Intermediate Mechanics I
PHY 307 Modern Physics Lab
PHY 401 Modern Physics I
PHY 403 Electricity and Magnetism I
PHY 405 Thermal and Statistical Physics I
PHY 407 Advanced Laboratory or PHY 408 Advanced Laboratory
One calculus-based probability/statistics course elective (e.g., EAS 305 Applied Probability or MTH 411 Probability Theory)

Summary
Total required credit hours for the major...87-90

See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements for general education and remaining university requirements.

Recommended Sequence of Program Requirements

FIRST YEAR
Fall�CSE 115, MTH 141
Spring�CSE 116, MTH 142; PHY 107 or PHY 117

SECOND YEAR
Fall�CSE 191/MTH 191, MTH 241; PHY 108 or PHY 118; PHY 158
Spring�CSE 250, MTH 306; PHY 207 or PHY 217; PHY 208, PHY 257

THIRD YEAR
Fall�CSE 305, PHY 301, PHY 307, PHY 401
Spring�CSE 442, MTH 309; PHY 407 or PHY 408

FOURTH YEAR
Fall�PHY 403, PHY 405; CSE 437/MTH 437 or PHY 410
Spring�CSE 438/MTH 438 or PHY 411; one calculus-based probability/statistics course elective (e.g., EAS 305 or MTH 411)

Computational Physics/Physics - B.S./M.S.

Acceptance Criteria

Minimum GPA of 3.0 in the prerequisite courses.

Prerequisite Courses

CSE 115 Introduction to Computer Science for Majors I
CSE 116 Introduction to Computer Science for Majors II
CSE 191/MTH 191 Introduction to Discrete Mathematics
MTH 141 College Calculus I
MTH 142 College Calculus II
MTH 241 College Calculus III
PHY 107 General Physics I or PHY 117 Honors Physics I
PHY 108 General Physics II or PHY 118 Honors Physics II
PHY 158 General Physics II Lab
PHY 207 General Physics III or PHY 217 Honors Physics III
PHY 257 General Physics III Lab

Required Courses

CSE 250 Algorithms and Data Structures
CSE 305 Introduction to Programming Languages
CSE 442 Software Engineering
MTH 306 Introduction to Differential Equations
MTH 309 Introductory Linear Algebra
PHY 208 General Physics IV
PHY 301 Intermediate Mechanics I
PHY 307 Modern Physics Lab
PHY 401 Modern Physics I
PHY 403 Electricity and Magnetism I
PHY 405 Thermal and Statistical Physics I
PHY 505 Computational Physics I
PHY 506 Computational Physics II
PHY 515 High Performance Scientific Computing I
PHY 516 High Performance Scientific Computing II
PHY 551 or PHY 552 Graduate Lab
One calculus-based probability/statistics course elective (e.g., EAS 305 Applied Probability or MTH 411 Probability Theory)
15 credit hours of PHY 500 (electives and M.S. thesis)

Summary
Total required credit hours for the undergraduate portion...78

See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements for general education and remaining university requirements.

Refer to the graduate school�s policies and procedures manual for requirements for master�s candidates.

Recommended Sequence of Program Requirements

FIRST YEAR
Fall�CSE 115, MTH 141
Spring�CSE 116, MTH 142; PHY 107 or PHY 117

SECOND YEAR
Fall�CSE 191/MTH 191, MTH 241; PHY 108 or PHY 118; PHY 158
Spring�CSE 250, MTH 306; PHY 207 or PHY 217; PHY 208, PHY 257

THIRD YEAR
Fall�CSE 305, PHY 301, PHY 307, PHY 401
Spring�MTH 309, one calculus-based probability/statistics course elective (e.g., EAS 305 or MTH 411)

FOURTH YEAR
Fall�CSE 442, PHY 403, PHY 405, PHY 505
Spring�PHY 506, PHY 552

FIFTH YEAR
Fall�PHY 515, two 500-level PHY electives
Spring�PHY 516, two 500-level PHY electives

Updated: Apr 12, 2006 11:04:02 AM