Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog

Computational Physics - About The Program

About Our Degrees

Acceptance Criteria - B.S.:
Minimum GPA of 2.5 in CSE 115-CSE 116, MTH 141- MTH 142, and PHY 107-PHY 108 (or PHY 117- PHY 118, preferred) and PHY 158.

Acceptance Criteria - B.S./M.S.:
Minimum GPA of 3.0 in CSE 115-CSE 116, CSE 191/ MTH 191, MTH 141-MTH 142, MTH 241, PHY 107- PHY 108 (or PHY 117-PHY 118, preferred), PHY 158, PHY 207, PHY 257.

Acceptance Information
In order to be admitted to either of the Computational Physics degree programs, students should contact the Undergraduate Director of the Department of Physics, Professor John Cerne at jcerne@buffalo.edu; 716-645-2542; or 128 Fronczak Hall. They should also contact the advisor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Prof. Atri Rudra, cse-dus@buffalo.edu. There are no application deadlines. At present there are about five majors in the computational physics programs.

Degree Requirements
Please see Degrees Listings below

About Our Courses

The computational physics program offers lecture courses, lecture/lab courses, and lab courses. The physics courses taken only by majors typically have 10 to 20 students in them; the computer science courses are somewhat larger. TAs are only used as recitation or lab instructors in the introductory physics courses. Students interested in pursuing a degree in computational physics should begin by taking CSE 115- CSE 116, MTH 141-MTH 142 and PHY 107- PHY 108 (or PHY 117-PHY 118, preferred) and PHY 158, or equivalent honors courses.

For computer science course descriptions, please see Courses.

For physics course descriptions, please see Courses.

About Our Faculty

The physics faculty is comprised of approximately equal numbers of theorists and experimentalists. Faculty are involved in all areas of physics including condensed matter physics, biophysics, high energy physics, and astrophysics/cosmology.

Six physics faculty members have received the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, nine are Fellows of the American Physical Society, eight have won National Science Foundation Career Awards, and five are SUNY Distinguished Professors.

The Director of Undergraduate Studies is Professor John Cerne who can be contacted at jcerne@buffalo.edu; 716-645-2542, or 128 Fronczak Hall.

Please visit our department website for additional information about our faculty.

Practical Experience and Special Academic Opportunities

Undergraduate Research and Practical Experience
Undergraduate computational physics majors regularly become involved in the research activities of the Department of Physics. This can involve independent study, part-time employment, and/or full-time employment during the summer.

Honors, Awards, and Scholarships
Departmental Honors
By completing a senior thesis and obtaining a GPA above 3.25 in courses required for the major, it is possible to graduate from the B.S. program with Physics Department Honors.

Outstanding Senior Award
Each year the Department of Physics chooses an outstanding senior. This student receives a certificate and a monetary award from the department, and also receives a College of Arts and Sciences Dean's Outstanding Senior Award.

Sekula Scholarship
Each year the Department of Physics awards up to seven scholarships to undergraduate majors pursuing one of its programs. This award is based on merit, as well as financial need.

National Scholarships
The Department of Physics encourages and supports student applications for national scholarships and fellowships, such as offered by the Goldwater, Fulbright, and National Science Foundation programs.

More information can be found on UB's website.

Extracurricular Activities

Undergraduate Physics Club
This organization is an active group open to all students. It sponsors special speakers and workshops, and organizes open houses and social activities. For more information, call 716-645-2017. Students in the club also belong to the Society of Physics Students (SPS), which is affiliated with the American Physical Society, and within SPS students with a GPA above 3.5 are eligible for election to the UB Chapter of the Sigma Pi Sigma National Physics Honor Society.

See the UB Student Association.

Links to Further Information About this Program

Last updated: November 22 2021 21:01:55