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Why Choose Physics with Computer Science?

Do you like programming? Physicists have been using computers to solve the most complicated problems throughout the history of computers. They:

  • solve otherwise undoable mathematical problems,
  • create models of complicated dynamical and radom systems, 
  • Interface experimental hardware with analysis tools, and
  • lead the world in development of big data analysis techniques. 

Many areas of physics are utilizing or developing the most advanced techniques including:

  • machine learning/artificial intelligence,
  • programming on graphics cards, and
  • quantum computing.

Have you heard that Data Analyst is one of the fastest growing job opportunities?

Physicists are arguably the best data analyst in the world.

Physics is one of the best degreess to prepare you for the technological jobs that haven't been invented yet! 

Physicists not only do PHYSICS, which is COOL in itself, if we may say so! They can also pursue and land jobs in countless other fields.  Come and talk to our fauclty, students and alumni and you will be convinced.  


  • Physicists become engineers.
  • Physicists become project leaders.
  • Physicists become software developers.
  • Physicists become data analysts.
  • Physicists become “quants” (financial analysts).
  • Physicists become medical doctors.
  • Physicists become “medical physicists” (medical imaging and radiology)
  • Physicists become lawyers.
  • Physicists become… physicists!

Physics has application in many of the most exciting careers in our increasingly technological world. It may surprise you that physics degrees open pathways not just to working on SpaceX rockets autonomously landing themselves on drone sea ships, but also to medicine, law, and financial analysis. 

According to the American Institute of Physics, students with bachelor degrees in physics are among the highest scorers on both the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) and the Law School Admission Test (LSAT)

The Association of American Medical Colleges reports that students with undergraduate degrees in physical sciences are tied for the highest acceptance rate (48%) for medical school.

As society becomes ever more data driven, every company wants to do data analysis and modeling. Physicists have always led the world in this area. For example, it’s very common for physicists to work on Wall Street.

Physics is the broadest of the sciences and offers interdisciplinary compatibility with many other areas of science, math, and engineering. Many of our graduates find themselves as team and project leaders in diverse industries because their broad knowledge base enables them to communicate to different technical groups. Don’t forget that physics is also the path to understanding the largest and smallest mysteries of the universe. Train for your career in physics, engineering, medicine, law, or computer science, and at the same time we will learn why the sky is blue and the sun is yellow, and why we cannot travel back in time.

About Physics with a Concentration in Computer Science at LTU:

We organize your physics degree around a deeper connection with computer science; the electives of the physics degree are used on computer science courses.

Traditional physics courses include Electromagnetic Fields, Quantum Mechanics, Thermal and Statistical Physics. All of these can be extremely valuable for connecting any computational career to technological jobs.

Computer science training begins in the first semester, and builds toward a focus on numerical analysis. Tailoring your courses toward your interests in computer science areas like artificial intelligence or data analysis is encouraged. We also help students find senior projects that combine physics and computer science expertise like Monte Carlo modelling, big data analysis, and machine learning. These projects go a long way toward impressing future employers!

We will help you get summer internships or research opportunities to fit your interests.

About our faculty:

The physics faculty has experts in several areas including

  • Astrophysics and Cosmology
  • High Energy Particle Physics
  • Nuclear Physics
  • Optics
  • Solid State Physics

We currently have opportunities for research assistantships supported by the National Science Foundation. These opportunities pay $15 per hour and provide the possibility for participation in real research publications and paid travel to conferences all over the world. 

Student Social Life: Society of Physics Students

LTU has an active, award winning, Society of Physics Students (SPS), that

  • hosts social events like movie nights, game nights, field trips,
  • promotes science outreach with demonstration events, invited expert scientist speakers,
  • offers study support with study groups and shared experiences of academic hurdles,
  • investigates career opportunities by sharing scholarship and internship opportunities, finding graduate schools with programs in interesting topics, and
  • organizes a career speakers series: speakers talk about their experiences following a physics degree.

Contact us: we would be happy to set virtual tours and meetings or even on-campus visits

Green Formulas



Bachelor of Science in Physics + Computer Science Flowchart 2020-21 PDF 

127 credit-hour program consists of:

First Semester

Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
COM 1001 Pathways to Research Careers 1
COM 1103 College Composition (Placement)  3
CHM 1213 University Chemistry 1 (Placement) 3
CHM 1221 University Chemistry 1 Lab 1
MCS 1414 Calculus 1 (Placement)  4
MCS 1514 Computer Science 1 4
PSC 1161 Physical Science Seminar 1
   TOTAL 17

Second Semester

Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
CHM 1223 University Chemistry 2 3
CHM 1231 University Chemistry 2 Lab 2
PHY 1213 Astronomy 3
PHY 1221 Astronomy Lab 1
MCS 1424 Calculus 2 4
MCS 2514 Computer Science 2 4
   TOTAL 17

First Semester

Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
PHY 2413 University Physics 1 3
PHY 2421 University Physics 1 Lab 1
MCS 2414 Calculus 3 4
MCS 2523 Discrete Math 3
SSC 2413 Foundations of American Experience 3
   TOTAL 14

Second Semester

Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
PHY 2423 University Physics 2 3
PHY 2431 University Physics 2 Lab 1
MCS 2423 Differential Equations 3
MCS 2534 Data Structures 4
LLT 1213 World Masterpieces 1 3
SSC 2423 Development of American Experience 3
   TOTAL 17

First Semester

Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
PHY 3653 Contemporary Physics 3
PHY 3661 Contemporary Physics Lab 1
MCS 3723 Advanced Calculus 3
MCS 3863 Linear Algebra 3
LLT 1223 World Masterpieces 2 3
COM 2103 Technical and Prof. Communication 3
   TOTAL 16

Second Semester

Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
PHY 3574 (EEE 3414) Electricity and Magnetism 4
PHY 4724* Quantum Mechanics* 4
PSC 3002  Leadership in Sci. Research (Jr.) 2
MCS 3403  Probability and Statistics 3
   TOTAL 16

First Semester

Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
PHY 3414* Analytical Mechanics* 4
PHY 4912 Physics Project 1 (Sr.) 2
MCS 4813 Numerical Analysis 1 3
MCS 3XX3/4XX3 MCS Jr./Sr. Elective 3
SSC/PSY 3XX3/4XX3 SSC/PSY Jr./Sr. Elective 3
   TOTAL 15

Second Semester

Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
PHY 4843* Condensed Matter Physics* 3
PHY 4743* Optics, Lasers, and Microscopy* 3
PHY 4781* Optics, Lasers, and Microscopy Lab* 1
PHY 4922 Physics Project 2 (Sr.) 2
MCS 3523 Math Modeling  3
LLT 3/4XX3 LLT Jr./Sr. Elective 3
   TOTAL 15

*These courses are offered every two years. An individual plan of work will be developed in consultation with the student's advisor.

For more information or to speak with an advisor, contact the Department of Natural Sciences at 248.204.3600, email, or visit room 5322 in the Science Building.

Careers Physics and Computer Science


Students who major with a degree in Physics with Computer Science are well equipped to enter a broad range of interdisciplinary computer science related fields.

Find work in these fields

Artificial Intelligence
Cloud Computing
Computer Modeling
Data Science
Machine Learning
Software Development
Software Engineering