Department of Physics

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Minor in Physics

In today’s competitive professional world, interdisciplinary skills are highly desirable—a minor (18 credits) in physics may give you the edge.

  • If you are not a physics major and have successfully passed the three-semester Elementary Physics sequence PHY203/204/205, you are only 6 credits away from being able to declare a minor in physics.
  • If you have also passed the course PHY306: Elementary Modern Physics, there is just one more 3-credit physics course required for the minor in physics. 

Additional suggested courses for the minor:

PHY322: Mechanics (every fall)

PHY331: Electricity and Magnetism (every spring)

PHY334: Optics (occasionally)

PHY410: Computational Physics (every spring)

PHY420: Introduction to Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics (every fall)

PHY425: Acoustics (occasionally)

PHY451: Introduction to Quantum Mechanics (every fall)

PHY455: Solid State Physics (every spring)

PHY491B: General Relativity (occasionally)

PHY491D: Astrophysics (occasionally)


AST118H: Honors Section of AST118: Solar System

AST108H: Honors Section of AST108: Stars & Galaxies

To complete the minor, submit a Minor Fields of Study form (available in the Physics Office) listing all physics courses (18 credits) you have completed,  and  have the form signed by the Chair of the Physics Department and by the Dean of your College. You must have at least a 2.0 GPA in the courses to be counted toward your minor.

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