The Physics minor offers students the opportunity to obtain a thorough introduction to the theoretical and experimental methods extensively used by physical scientists and engineers. In addition to exploring the historical and philosophical development of physics from the Greeks to the modern era, the Physics minor emphasizes the development of practical quantitative problem-solving skills which are valuable for all students regardless of major.

Minor in Physics Requirements: 18 Credits

PHY 213General Physics for the Physical Sciences I 13
PHY 205General Physics Laboratory I 21
PHY 214General Physics for the Physical Sciences II 33
PHY 206General Physics Laboratory II 41
PHY 301Modern Physics3
Seven credits from the following:7
Electronics Laboratory
Physical Optics
Optics Laboratory
Research Methods
Classical Mechanics
Electricity and Magnetism
Directed Independent Readings 5
Directed Independent Study 5
Directed Independent Research 5
Quantum Mechanics
Thermodynamics And Statistical Mechanics
Mathematical Physics
Computational Physics
Special Topics
Total Credits18

PHY 221 Advanced General Physics I:Modeling the Physical World or PHY 201 General Physics for the Life Sciences may be substituted for PHY 213 General Physics for the Physical Sciences I


 PHY 223 Project Physics Laboratory I may be substituted for PHY 205 General Physics Laboratory I


PHY 222 Advanced General Physics II:Modeling the Physical World or PHY 202 General Physics for the Life Sciences II may be substituted for PHY 214 General Physics for the Physical Sciences II


 PHY 224 Project Physics Laboratory II may be substituted for PHY 206 General Physics Laboratory II


Only a total of two credits from PHY 493 Directed Independent Readings, PHY 495 Directed Independent Study and PHY 497 Directed Independent Research may be applied toward this minor.