Mathematical Physics

The relationship between Mathematics and Physics is one of great intimacy.  Newton created and developed calculus to describe physical phenomena.  Einstein used Riemannian geometry to formulate its gravitational theory of general relativity.  In fact, for a long time in the history of science, there was very little distinction between Mathematics and Physics.  In the modern era, the two fields have evolved separately, but continue to be very closely connected.

On the one hand, Mathematics is an essential tool for Physics.  It is the language that we use to formulate physical models.  From calculus to algebra, geometry to group theory, mathematics is fundamental to theoretical and experimental physics.

On the other hand, Physics is a fantastic source of insight in Mathematics.  Not only are mathematical structures often developed for the needs of physics, but modern theoretical physics has also been the origin of profound new developments in pure mathematics itself.  The synergy between the two fields is remarkable.

In the Mathematical Physics program, you will learn how to describe and analyze physical systems mathematically.  From classical mechanics to quantum mechanics, thermodynamics to relativity, the program will introduce you to a wide variety of physical models and the beautiful mathematics underlying them.

Graduates of the Mathematical Physics program are well suited to postgraduate studies in Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, Physics, and Engineering.  Many establish careers in research, taking up academic positions in universities, colleges and research institutes.  However, an increasing number of graduates branch out into the commercial sectors, working in areas such as computing, financial/market analysis, medical physics and imaging, data analysis, etc.  The ability to formulate and solve problems that is developed in the Mathematical Physics program is highly sought-after in the private sector.  The possibilities are endless!

Degree options for this program:

Honors in Mathematical Physics (Calendar section 194.15.7)