Reed College Catalog

A program intended to serve the needs of students whose major interests lie in the rich area between applied mathematics and theoretical physics. The student planning to major in mathematics–physics should consult with the head of the committee as early as possible to determine if they are qualified and, if so, to plan a program. Both departments must approve the application.

Requirements for the Major

  1. Mathematics 111 or the equivalent, 112, 113, 201, 202, 322, and two other mathematics courses numbered higher than 310, including at least one of 311 or 321.
  2. Physics 101, 102, 201, 202, 311, 321, 322, 342.
  3. The junior qualifying examination is taken in both departments.
  4. The thesis (Mathematics–Physics 470) must clearly bridge the two fields.

Strongly recommended but not required:

  • Two from Physics 323, 351, 362, 411, 442.

Recommended but not required:

  1. Mathematics 332, 411.
  2. Working knowledge of a foreign language: Russian, German, or French.