This minor provides a rigorous foundation in physics for students who choose not to complete the entire physics major.
Students interested in earning a minor in physics should contact the undergraduate advisor for the Physics Department.
The minor begins with a set of two introductory courses (6 credits) in electromagnetic fields PHYS260 or PHYS272) and waves (PHYS270 or PHYS273). As part of this introduction to Physics, the minor also requires a one-credit introductory physics laboratory (PHYS174, PHYS261, or PHYS271) involving techniques of data gathering and analysis. To obtain a deeper understanding of physics, the minor requires three additional upper-level courses (3-4 credits each), which students can select from the list below.
- Other upper level Physics courses can be substituted only with approval from the Department's undergraduate director and the Faculty Minor Advisor.
- All courses must be completed with a grade of "C-" or better to be counted towards the minor.
- No more than 7 credits in this minor can count toward major requirements. Students with more than 7 credits of overlap must substitute non-overlapping 300 or 400 level courses from the above list to reduce the overlap to no more than 7 credits.
- Physics majors and students majoring in Astronomy are not eligible to complete the Physics Minor due to the large number of overlapping course requirements.
Courses Required for the Minor
|Select one of the following:||1|
|Physics Laboratory Introduction|
|General Physics: Vibrations, Waves, Heat, Electricity and Magnetism (Laboratory)|
|General Physics: Electrodynamics, Light, Relativity and Modern Physics (Laboratory)|
|PHYS272||Introductory Physics: Fields||3|
|or PHYS260||General Physics: Vibration, Waves, Heat, Electricity and Magnetism|
|PHYS273||Introductory Physics: Waves||3|
|or PHYS270||General Physics: Electrodynamics, Light, Relativity and Modern Physics|
|Select three of the following:||9-12|
|Mathematical Methods for Physics II|
|Experimental Physics III: Electromagnetic Waves, Optics and Modern Physics|
|Quantum Physics I|
|Quantum Physics II|
|Introduction to Statistical Thermodynamics|
|Intermediate Electricity and Magnetism|