Department of Math and Physics Overview

As a math or physics major at Rockhurst University, you can expect to:

Mathematics

The mathematics program at Rockhurst University provides a set of courses ranging from theoretical to applied, helping you meet professional and graduate school needs of mathematics majors. The mathematics program is also committed to providing relevant and practical mathematics courses to satisfy the University's proficiency requirement and to support coursework in other disciplines.

There are many career paths open to students graduating with a degree in mathematics, including areas such as teaching and theoretical research in mathematics; scientific work; theoretical computer science work; business problem-solving through operations research; and management of risks through actuarial work.

Physics

An understanding of physical phenomena is essential in all fields of science, medicine, engineering and technology. It follows that one objective of the physics program is to provide students with a competence and base of knowledge sufficient for their specific requirements. Physics, however, is more than the basic science: it is an art whose techniques can be valuable assets in any field of endeavor: research, medicine/health care, teaching, engineering and more.

A second objective, then, is to educate the student in the basic art of formulating and solving problems. Finally, the basic theories of physics provide a way of perceiving the natural world. Thus, the ultimate objective of the study of physics is to provide the student with a way to appreciate the world with greater understanding.

Rockhurst offers a Physics of Medicine (POM) program designed to deepen students' understanding of physics principles and the applicability of those principles to medicine and the health care field. The Physics of Medicine curriculum provides excellent preparation for graduate study in medicine, physical therapy, medical physics, occupational therapy, communication sciences and disorders, pharmacy and research science positions. 

"The professors and students in the math department resemble a small family where you are free to express new ideas in a comforting environment."

Nichole Muehlbach, '10
Mathematics major

"The physics department is small, allowing a great one-on-one dynamic between students and faculty. The professors are excited and energetic, and the labs are top-notch. From designing your own experiments to learning the fundamentals of natural laws, Rockhurst provides a strong backbone for the physics undergraduate."

Jeanette Powers, '10
Mathematics and physics major working on her Ph.D. in physics at the University of Kansas