Loyola University Chicago

Department of Physics

BS in Theoretical Physics/Applied Mathematics

Program Outcomes

Loyola University Chicago’s major in Theoretical Physics / Applied Mathematics is an interdisciplinary program that provides extensive training in both physics and mathematics. It prepares students for graduate study in physics, mathematics, or applied mathematics; careers in fields such as engineering or computer science that value quantitative reasoning and mathematical modeling; or technical training in professions like medicine, dentistry, or law. 

Students majoring in Theoretical Physics / Applied Mathematics possess a versatile set of skills that are well-suited to data science, numerical modeling, and quantitative analysis. They may pursue careers in higher education, at research institutes or government labs, or in high-tech industries. Recent majors have gone on to world class graduate programs in fields ranging from physics to neuroscience, and programming jobs at major tech companies.

The course of study for the Theoretical Physics / Applied Mathematics major covers the core classes in the Physics major, provides laboratory experience, and adds a comprehensive mathematics component. Upon completion of this program, students will:

  • Exhibit foundational knowledge in both physics and mathematics. 
  • Be able to develop and interpret mathematical models that provide both quantitative and qualitative understanding of physical systems. 
  • Possess intermediate level laboratory skills that will serve as a foundation for more advanced training in graduate or professional school. 
  • Recognize how careful data collection and analysis helps develop or falsify scientific theories.
  • Demonstrate effective and ethical decision-making abilities in issues related to the sciences.

Major in Theoretical Physics/Applied Mathematics (TPAM)

This course of study includes all fundamental courses, including laboratory experience and a strong background in intermediate physics and mathematics courses. There is a more comprehensive mathematics component in this option than the regular major in physics. The science and mathematics courses required for the major as of the 2022-2023 Academic Year is given by:

Academic Requirements TPAM 2122