Math and Physics Bachelor's Degree

Find out about the classes offered in bachelor's programs that teach both math and physics. Learn about course topics and online options, and find out about careers that might need this knowledge. Schools offering Environmental Science degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Is a Math and Physics Bachelor's Degree?

This degree program focuses on both theoretical and practical issues in both math and physics. You'll learn about different areas of mathematics, such as algebra, calculus and geometry. You'll also learn how to apply different types of mathematics, such as statistical analysis and probability, to solve real world problems. Depending on the school you attend, you may focus on applying principles of mathematics and physics to developing computer software and programs. The physics curriculum may cover quantum physics, chemistry, magnetism and thermodynamics. Earning a bachelor's degree typically takes four years.

What Classes Will I Take?

Some of the classes you take will be traditional mathematics courses as well as physics courses that cover mathematical principles. Some examples courses might include:

  • Calculus
  • Differential equations
  • Geometry
  • Logic
  • Computer programming
  • Engineering
  • Mechanics
  • Optics

Can I Earn My Degree Online?

While math and physics degrees are typically offered on-campus, they also may be offered online; however, they are rare, and online math degree programs are more common. Online degrees are similar to on-campus degrees, but they offer more flexibility in terms of when you must listen to lectures, complete coursework and take tests. Online programs also encourage discussion by providing forums where you can interact with professors and other students.

What Can I Do With My Degree?

After you earn your degree, you could go on to enroll in a master's or doctoral degree program. In graduate school, you can study either math or physics and focus on doing research. A master's degree program takes 2-3 years to complete, while a doctoral degree program could take 4-7 years to complete. Master's and doctoral degrees are often a requirement for research and technical positions.

You can also look for employment directly after completing your bachelor's degree. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, a bachelor's degree in mathematics can prepare you for an entry-level job as a computer programmer, market researcher, personal financial advisor and actuary (www.bls.gov). You could also become middle grades or high school math or physics teacher; although, to teach at a public school, you'll need to complete either a bachelor's degree program that includes a teacher education component or a post-bachelor's teacher education program.

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