Mathematics is the language physicists use to describe physical laws and to make predictions based on those laws. Mathematics is very extensively used in every area of physics. If you do not know which emphasis area best meets your goals, the mathematical emphasis is a good default.

Finding the Best Fit

The Physics Department offers students a solid foundation in both classical and modern physics. Mathematical emphasis students take an additional 12 credits in math. Laboratory courses are an important component of the physics program, giving students valuable skills and knowledge in many areas.

Faculty are always on hand to help guide students throughout their coursework and experiences on campus. Courses are specifically designed to allow for the maximum interaction possible to help students get to know the faculty on a more personal level. Students have the chance to be mentored towards a future career path that will be best suited and rewarding to them.

The teachers are frequently available for homework help and for advice in general. The lectures are well thought out and prepared with a variety of tools to help us understand the material.

Dallin F.,
BYU-I Graduate

Career Path

Graduates with a degree in Physics, emphasis in Mathematical have a wide array of rewarding careers before them. Check out some of the top careers students get with this degree or explore more career options in I-Plan.

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A mathematician is someone who uses an extensive knowledge of mathematics in his or her work, typically to solve mathematical problems. Mathematics is concerned with numbers, data, quantity, structure, space, models, and change.


A statistician is a person who works with theoretical or applied statistics. The profession exists in both the private and public sectors.


A programmer, developer, dev, coder, or software engineer is a person who creates computer software. The term computer programmer can refer to a specialist in one area of computers or to a generalist who writes code for many kinds of software.

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Getting started in this degree

If you want to get a taste for Physics, emphasis in Mathematical, start with one of the following degree-specific courses:

For a full listing of all courses required for this degree, refer to the course catalog.

* If you are not prepared to take Calculus your first semester, contact your faculty mentor of Physics Dept. Office


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