Mathematical Physics Major

Bachelor of Science Degree

Program Overview

The mathematical physics major is similar to a traditional physics major but places more emphasis on the theoretical and mathematical underpinnings of physics with less emphasis on the experimental, applied, or engineering aspects of physics.

The mathematical physics major is designed to provide:

  • Training in both mathematics and physics
  • The background necessary for graduate work in mathematics, physics, mathematical physics, and related disciplines


"I selected mathematics as my major because of the patterns and abstractions of math. The relationships between numbers and functions resemble the beauty with which God created our universe. The fact that math is the language of our universe testifies the glory of God. I like ORU because I can obtain a professional degree while studying in an environment where I can also learn about God."

Alejandro Hernandez

Student: Alejandro
Hometown: Tulsa, OK

With a degree in mathematical physics, you will appreciate and understand how the Universe (all of creation) works. You will know how the fundamental forces of nature influence the world around us including being able to understand the underlying mathematical models for these forces. You will also be able to address the philosophical, naturalistic, and teleological implications of physics within a Christian world-view.

Student Societies, Clubs and Extracurricular opportunities

Mathematical physics majors are housed in the computing and mathematics department where several faculty members have active undergraduate research programs in which students are encouraged to participate. Professional and honor societies that students and faculty members are active in include:

  • International Association of Mathematical Physics
  • American Chemical Society
  • American Mathematical Society
  • Association for Computing Machinery
  • Association of Women Mathematicians
  • Kappa Mu Epsilon
  • Mathematical Association of America
  • National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

Course Offerings

  • Modern Physics (PHY 211) - Lecture and Lab
  • Electromagnetic Theory (PHY 321)
  • Optics (PHY 401)
  • Mathematical Methods in Physics (PHY 455)
  • Advanced Physics Lab (PHY 341)
  • Quantum Mechanics (PHY 402)
  • Calculus I (MAT 201)
  • Calculus II (MAT 202)
  • Differential Equations (MAT 211)
  • Linear and Matrix Algebra (MAT 312)
  • Calculus of Functions of Several Variables (MAT 321)
  • Senior Paper/Project (MAT 499)

Degree Plan

Computing and Mathematics Department