Physics Minor

The physics minor fits flexibly into many majors and encourages you to explore complementary interests.

What Will I Learn?

Core courses set the groundwork for studying all areas of physical science, based on a deeper understanding of classical and modern physics. You will learn several forms of analysis in classical mechanics, electrodynamics and quantum physics that are meant to teach you the interconnected nature of all scientific disciplines and their interrelationships based on a common language of mathematics.

What are the requirements for this degree?

This minor requires 24-26 credit hours of physics, along with the appropriate mathematics prerequisites.

The Undergraduate Catalog provides details about program requirements.

What Types of Careers Could I Get With This Degree?

A physics minor on your resume will certainly attract the attention of prospective employers. By choosing the appropriate electives, you can complement the knowledge gained in your 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.

If you plan to attend graduate school for chemistry or mathematics, you will certainly have an advantage over other students without your background in physics.

What Kinds of Experiences Could I Have on Campus?

Class sizes are small, allowing you to receive personalized attention while you work your way through the program. You are invited to participate in the Physics Club, an undergraduate society of physics students sharing activities and outings related to physics.