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Undergraduate Physics at The Ohio State University
Satisfying the Math requirements for a Physics Degree
There are four alternative routes through the mathematics
sequences for physics and engineering physics majors, as well as physics minors.
 Standard:
 Math 151  Calculus I
 Math 152  Calculus II
 Math 153  Calculus III
 Math 254  Calculus IV
 Math 415 (or 255)  Differential Eqs.
 Math 513 (or 551)  Vector Analysis
 Math 568 (or 571)  Linear Algebra*
 Accelerated: The standard introductory calculus sequence is compressed from 4 quarters into 3 quarters
 Math 161  Acc. Calculus I
 Math 162  Acc. Calculus II
 Math 263  Acc. Calculus III
 Math 415 (or 255)  Differential Eqs.
 Math 513 (or 551)  Vector Analysis
 Math 568 (or 571)  Linear Algebra*
 Honors Accelerated: If a student takes Math H520, the student should complete the sequence with Math H521
 Math H161  Honors Calculus I
 Math H162  Honors Calculus II
 Math H263  Honors Calculus III
 Math H521 (415 or 255)  Differential Eqs
 Math 513 (or 551 or 416)  Vector Analysis
 Math H520 (568 or 571)  Linear Algebra*
 Honors Advanced: If a student takes Math H520, the student should complete the sequence with Math H521.
 Math H190  Analysis I
 Math H191  Analysis II
 Math H264  Analysis III
 Math H521 (415 or 255)  Differential Eqs
 Math H520 (568 or 571)  Linear Algebra*
Physics and engineering physics majors, especially those planning graduate work in physics, are strongly
encouraged to take the highestlevel math sequence for which they are qualified and with which they feel
comfortable. In particular, it is advantageous to take the 161 series if possible, so as to be able to
comfortably start with Physics 131 in the first quarter of enrollment. Additional math courses are recommended as
electives. Suggested elective courses are:
 Math 514 or 552 or H522  Complex Variables
 Math 569 or 572  Linear Algebra II
 Math 601602701  Mathematical Methods in Science
*Not required for B. S. (Arts and Sciences) options CF.

