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Are you savvy in both math and science? Do you love computers? Are you drawn toward careers that are both interesting and complex? If so, Lawrence Tech’s Bachelor of Science in Physics + Computer Science might be the right degree for you.

Like so many fields in today’s technology-driven world, physics relies more and more on computers. As research scientists, physicists use computers for data collection and manipulation. But there’s a growing area that combines physics with computer science called computational physics. This stimulating field includes work that focuses on areas of endeavor such as electronic structure calculation, statistical physics, atomic theory, and computer simulation of physical phenomena.

Lawrence Tech will help you develop the sound foundation in physics and computer science you’ll need to succeed in these exciting and competitive fields, with career and academic opportunities across multiple disciplines: 

  • R&D and manufacturing positions across industries
  • Research opportunities in government and private labs
  • Research and teaching roles in academia
  • Graduate study in physics, applied physics, computer science and some areas of engineering

Why LTU?

LTU is situated in a productive, vital and economically diverse region that is one of the world’s great centers for entrepreneurship, technological achievement and innovation. Opportunities to solve real problems and network, find mentors, intern and co-op with Fortune 500 and other leading companies are plentiful.

As a technological university, Lawrence Tech is in a unique position to offer you exposure through interdisciplinary student projects to fields you may not encounter in a traditional program. Familiarity with architecture and design, the sciences and engineering can give you a distinct advantage in today’s technologically driven job market.

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