Mathematical, Physical, and Computer Sciences

Build, model, experiment, and code. Reason logically and creatively about computational, mathematical, and physical systems. Work with modern computing and research technology.

MPaCs program

Note: You can join or leave a Path of Study at any time and your credits will always count toward your Bachelor’s degree.

Careful observations of computational, mathematical, and physical systems reveal an underlying order, which mathematicians and scientists seek to understand, explain, and predict through model building, experimentation, logical reasoning, and creative insight. Studies in Chemistry, Computer Science, Geology, Mathematics, and Physics prepare you for careers and graduate study in a variety of fields, from alternative energy to cybersecurity to education to climate science. You will:

  • Gain hands-on experience with cutting-edge computing, lab, and research technology throughout your science studies. 
  • Engage directly with faculty and your classmates, learning collaboratively through an interdisciplinary and context-based lens. 
  • Develop the skills and practices that you’ll need as you join the ranks of mathematicians and scientists who seek to understand and explain the structures of the world around us. 
  • Design and carry out individual and collaborative projects; these often lead to advanced research and other kinds of independent capstone projects

Ultimately, you’ll become an analytical and ethical scientist and citizen, an effective team member, and a creative problem solver, with the skills to convey complex ideas to diverse audiences.

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    This Path can prepare you for careers in

    • Alternative energy
    • Cybersecurity
    • Data science
    • Education
    • Climate science
    • Engineering
    • Computer programming and software
    • Finance and actuarial science
    • Research

    Graduate school opportunities beyond this Path

    • Chemistry
    • Computer science
    • Geosciences
    • Mathematics
    • Materials science
    • Physics, Astronomy, and Astrophysics
    • Engineering
    • Environmental science
    • Education
    Faculty on this Path
    Title Expertise
    Bopegedera, Dharshi physical chemistry
    Caraher, John physics
    Chowdary, Krishna physics
    Foster-Grahler, Vauhn mathematics, education, anthropological mathematics
    Gul, Gordon
    Hastings, Rachel linguistics, mathematics
    McKinstry, Lydia organic chemistry
    Mezei, Razvan (Alex)
    Neitzel, James biology, biochemistry
    Speights, Arlen computer studies
    Walter, Brian mathematics, computer science, improvisational theater
    Weiss, Richard mathematics, computer science
    Catalog Offerings for Spring 2021
    Title Paths Class Standing Credits
    Calculus and Analytical Geometry III
    • Freshman
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    4
    Chemistry Counts!
    • Freshman
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    14
    Computability and Language Theory
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    16
    Experiments in Photography: Science + Art
    • Freshman
    • Sophomore
    12
    Integrated Natural Sciences (remote/in-person*)
    • Freshman
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    12, 16
    Matter and Motion
    • Freshman
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    16
    Physical Systems and Applied Mathematics
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    16
    Precalculus II
    • Freshman
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    4
    Catalog Offerings for 2021-22
    Title Paths Class Standing Credits
    Atoms, Molecules and Reactions
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 16
    Calculus and Analytical Geometry I
    • Freshman
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    4
    Calculus and Analytical Geometry II
    • Freshman
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    4
    Calculus and Analytical Geometry III
    • Freshman
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    4
    Chemistry Counts!
    • Freshman
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    16
    Climate Change: Language and Science
    • Freshman
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    16
    Comparative Programming Languages
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    4
    Counting on the Brain
    • Freshman
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    16
    Counting on the Brain
    • Freshman
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    16
    Data Structures and Algorithms
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    12
    Integrated Natural Sciences
    • Freshman
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    16
    Introduction to Computer Science
    • Freshman
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    4, 12
    Material Matters: The Material Worlds of Art and Science
    • Freshman
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    16
    Mathematical Systems
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    16
    Models of Motion
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    16
    Physical Computing in the Arts
    • Freshman
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    4
    Physical Computing in the Arts
    • Freshman
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    4
    Physical Computing in the Arts
    • Freshman
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    4
    Precalculus I
    • Freshman
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    4
    Precalculus II
    • Freshman
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    4
    Student-Originated Software
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    16

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