Mathematics/Physics Interdepartmental Major

Mathematics has been called the universal language and the language of science. The word “physics” comes from the Greek word for nature. Naturally, the two related yet distinct disciplines can come together in powerful ways as we ponder—and strive to answer—life’s biggest questions.

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Why Study Mathematics/Physics at Albion?

Our courses emphasize both theory and important practical applications, enabling you to discover your strengths through individual attention and small class sizes. Learning from, and even working alongside, distinguished faculty in state-of-the-art facilities will prepare you well for advanced study in graduate or professional school, as well as a career in the field.

What Will You Learn as a Mathematics/Physics Major?

This major is intended for students who would like to pursue both math and physics but don’t want to limit their course work in other liberal arts areas by having to fulfill the requirements of two majors.

You’ll become adept in physics’ core concepts, including electricity, magnetism, light and optics.

You’ll expand your mathematical and analytical skills as you conduct experiments and interpret results.

Later, you’ll begin to explore differential equations, linear algebra and other mathematical methods in physics, as well as the quantum theory of light, quantum mechanics of matter and more areas of modern physics.


Student Activities

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As a mathematics/physics major, you’ll join a vibrant community of scholars who learn and connect outside the classroom as well. Ask questions at the weekly Mathematics and Computer Science Colloquium Series and Physics Seminar Series; participate in the Astronomy Club and get regular access to the campus telescopes; join the mathematics honorary society Kappa Mu Epsilon or the Society of Physics Students chapter, each of which offers social events and networking opportunities.

Research Opportunities

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On campus, work closely with Albion faculty on their research, and later develop and conduct your own research and present findings at the College’s annual student research symposium. Off campus, students can participate in summer or semester-long opportunities through the National Science Foundation, Oak Ridge National Laboratory and other government scientific labs, as well as at academic institutions across the country.

Scholarships and Awards 

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Exceptional Albion students pursuing mathematics and physics are recognized each year. Additionally, one scholarship is awarded to a female science or mathematics student interested in engineering.

Careers & Outcomes

Students completing the Mathematics/Physics major could enter a career in computer science, or would be well prepared to enter a master’s or doctoral program in applied mathematics or mathematical physics. Your preparation for graduate work also can lead to a research career in industrial or government laboratories or back to the classroom, where there is a need for certified high school teachers in math and physics.


Job Titles

  • Engineer
  • Lab Technician
  • Statistician
  • Educator
  • Mathematician