Physics Minor

The Physics Minor is  designed to give students a solid background in Physics. By choosing the appropriate Physics electives, students could complement the knowledge gained in their major. For example, a Chemistry major would benefit from taking courses in Quantum Mechanics and Heat and Thermodynamics, while a Mathematics major could take Mathematical Physics, and a Computer Science major could take Electronics to learn something about the inner workings of the computer.

Career Opportunities

A Physics minor on your resume will certainly attract the attention of prospective employers. It will show them that you have excellent problem solving skills, a good background in applied mathematics, and a good understanding of the basic rules governing the universe.

If you plan on graduate school in Chemistry or Mathematics, you will certainly have an advantage over other students without your background in Physics. A Computer Science major with a minor in Physics would be particularly attractive to an employer in an engineering firm.

Physics Minor Curriculum

The minor requires 24-26 credit hours of physics, with the appropriate mathematics pre-requisites.

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Degree Requirements

Courses Credits per course Combined credits
PHY 221*  Fundamentals of Physics I 5 5
PHY 222* Fundamental of Physics II 5 5
PHY 301 Mathematical techniques 4 4
PHY 311 Quantum Mechanics I 4 4
PHY 321 Electricity and Magnetism I  4 4
PHY 331 Mechanics I 4 4
Total Credits   26

(*) Note: If the student declaring the minor has already taken either the PHY121/122 sequence or the PHY 205/206 sequence with their associated labs, the PHY221/222 requirement is waived for the minor.