I actually went to appstate.edu and checked out their requirements for a BS in Math and Physics. It turns out that the requirements for a BS in Math and Physics overlap quite a bit, so it actually wouldn't be that difficult to get a double-degree (the whole bit about the religion/philosophy degree is irrelevant as it is not science-related).

Requirements for a BS in Physics from appstate.edu:

A. Physics (32 semester hours)

PHY 1103 _____ (4) General Physics I (ND)

PHY 1104 _____ (4) General Physics II (ND)

OR

PHY 1150 _____ (5) Analytical Physics I (ND)

PHY 1151 _____ (5) Analytical Physics II (ND)

PHY 2010 _____ (4) Intermediate Physics I

PHY 2020 _____ (4) Intermediate Physics II

PHY 2210 _____ (2) Physics Laboratory Techniques & Data Analysis (W)

PHY 3210 _____ (3) Modern Physics I

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B. Mathematics (12 semester hours)

MAT 1110 _____ (4) Calculus with Analytic Geometry I (ND)

MAT 1120 _____ (4) Calculus with Analytic Geometry II (ND)

MAT 2130 _____ (4) Calculus with Analytic Geometry III (ND)

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C. At least 18 semester hours in an emphasis area

I count six core courses, plus 18 semester hours in an "emphasis area" (that's 4 or 5 courses) and three Calculus courses. By way of comparison, University of Waterloo's physics program has

*thirty* core courses, plus elective requirements.

Requirements for a BS in Math from appstate.edu:

A. Mathematics

MAT 1110 _____ (4) Calculus with Analytic Geometry I (ND)

MAT 1120 _____ (4) Calculus with Analytic Geometry II (ND)

MAT 2130 _____ (4) Calculus with Analytic Geometry III (ND)

MAT 2240 _____ (3) Introduction to Linear Algebra (C)

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B. Completion of one of the options:

1. General - 260*; 260B

MAT 3110 _____ (3) Intro to Modern Algebra (W)

MAT 3220 _____ (3) Intro to Real Analysis I (W)

Plus 13 hours of electives** in mathematical sciences (at least 5 hours at 4000 level); plus 10 semester hours of related* coursework.

OR

2. Applied - 260*; 260C

MAT 3130 _____ (3) Intro to Differential Equations

MAT 3310 _____ (3) Appl of Mathematics (W, S, ND, C)

MAT 4310 _____ (3) Numerical Methods (ND, C)

CS 1440 _____ (4) Computer Science I (C)

CS 2440 _____ (4) Computer Science II (C)

STT 4250 _____ (3) Probability Modeling w/Applications

or STT 3850 _____ (4) Statistical Data Analysis (C, ND)

or STT 4860 _____ (3) Probability Models & Statistical Inference I

Plus 6 hours of approved electives** in Mathematical Sciences (at least 5 hours at the 4000 level in math sciences) and 6 hours of related* coursework.

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C. A "concentration" of at least 18 semester hours from disciplines outside mathematical sciences.**

If one goes with the general math option, I count only 3 more core courses on top of the physics degree requirements, and 13 hours of related electives.

These requirements are not particularly impressive for bachelor's degree programs, and certainly don't justify hairball's bizarre assertion that he can look down his nose at people who have mere physics or engineering degrees, even assuming he really is who he says he is. So why the bizarre requirement that only someone with much

*more* education can debate him? Oh yes, because he knows he's full of shit and this is just him playing games. Again. Someone who had actually acquired this degree should know in no uncertain terms that it is

*not* superior to an engineering degree.

PS. Just by way of comparison, the Waterloo Mechanical Engineering degree program requires 21 core courses, plus 8 related electives. In other words, it requires more work than both of those degrees combined, in addition to two years of work experience in the field, and several more years on top of that after graduation in order to get your license (the number of postgrad work years has changed a few times). And it's actually considered light on coursework for my alma mater, because the co-op work experience is supposed to supplement your in-class education.

I'm still wondering whether hairball is someone who actually got this degree and is pretending it's much more difficult than it really is, or someone who doesn't actually have this degree and honestly thinks it is much more difficult than it really is. And I'd still like to know how the hell someone with a real physics education could possibly think that binding energy is a positive quantity that you can "release" as a weapon. Nevertheless, just going by the incredibly light coursework requirements for his degree, it may not quite be a "Found in Crackerjack Box" degree but it's not the equal of a good one either.