Bachelor of Science in Physics and Master of Science in Computer Science
The Department of Physics, Astronomy and
Geosciences and the Department of Computer and
Information Sciences offer a 4/1 program
which leads to a Bachelor of Science degree in physics and
a Master of Science degree in computer science in five years. Students
can satisfy the requirements for a physics major
and graduate with their class. By taking additional
computer science courses as their free
electives, they will be able to take 6 to 9 units of
graduate computer science courses in their senior
year. (These graduate courses will not be counted
toward their undergraduate
The remaining courses and thesis requirements
for the Master of Science in computer science would then be
completed in a fifth year.
This option is especially attractive to students
who are considering dual majors in physics and
computer science or who are planning careers in
the area of computational sciences.
Those students interested in the 4/1
program should declare their intent by the end
of the second (sophomore) year and meet with
Ramesh Karne, computer science graduate coordinator,
early in the fall of the third (junior) year.
Required Courses in Computer and
Information Sciences and Mathematics
COSC 236*, 237
Introduction to Computer Science I, II
Assembly Language and Computer
Data Structures and Algorithm Analysis
Computer Organization and Architecture
*COSC 236 will replace the physics requirement of COSC 165.
Students may take PHYS 337 and PHYS 437 in place of COSC
280 and COSC 338.
áStudents completing COSC 236 and COSC 237 with a grade
equivalent of 3.00 or higher are exempt from taking COSC 336.
Department of Physics, Astronomy & Geosciences
Smith Hall, Room 445 (map)
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.