Minor in Physics

This program allows students to become more deeply involved in physics without the commitment of a major.

  • The minor consists of 5 four-credit courses in physics; at most two of these can also count for requirements for your major.
  • The only physics courses which may NOT be used for the minor are Phys 400, 401, 402, 409, 444, 501.
  • If you minor in physics you will need to take introductory calculus-based physics (Phys 407 and 408) or the equivalent , as these are prerequisites for all other physics courses.

If you wish to have a minor in physics, request an advisor for the minor at the physics office as soon as possible. Your advisor will help you choose courses that best fit your interests and schedule, and will help ensure that you have the mathematical and physics prerequisites for those courses.

Examples of possible sets of courses, each of which includes the necessary physics prerequisites, are as follows:

  1. Physics 407, 408, 505 & 506 (modern physics Lecture and lab, 4 credits total), Phys 508 (thermodyanmics), Phys 615 (mechanics)
  2. Physics 407, 408, 406 (astronomy), Phys 615 and 616 (classical mechanics)
  3. Physics 407, 408, Phys 615 and 616 (classical mechanics), Phys 703 (electricity and magnetism)

Note that many of our courses have mathematics prerequisites as well:

  1. Math 425, 426 (Calculus) for Physics 407, 408, 505
  2. Algebra for Physics 406 (Astronomy),
  3. Math 528 (Multi-dimensional Calculus) for Physics 508, 615 & 616
  4. Math 527 (Differential Equations) for Physics 605, 615 & 616