Physics Minor

An optional physics minor is available to students majoring in any other department. The physics minor provides students with a broad understanding of fundamental topics in both classical and modern physics. It can be a great compliment to a variety of majors, including Chemistry or Mathematics.

Program Learning Goals for the Physics Minor

Students will:

  1. Demonstrate a solid understanding of the core principles and concepts of physics at an introductory level.
  2. Apply mathematical, analytical, computational, and experimental skills to model the behavior of physical systems, solve a wide range of physics problems, design and conduct experiments to measure and interpret physical phenomena, and critically evaluate scientific results and arguments.
  3. Effectively communicate scientific hypotheses, research methods, data and analysis both orally and in writing and in a variety of venues.

20 credit hours:

Required Courses

PH 135PHYSICS I

4

PH 135LPHYSICS WORKSHOP I

1

PH 136PHYSICS II

4

PH 136LPHYSICS WORKSHOP II

1

PH 246MODERN PHYSICS

3

PH 247MODERN PHYSICS LABORATORY

1

Plus six more PH or EP credits at the 200-400 level.

Required Mathematics Support Courses

MT 135CALCULUS AND ANALYTIC GEOMETRY I

4

MT 136CALCULUS AND ANALYTIC GEOMETRY II

4

MT 233CALCULUS AND ANALYTIC GEOMETRY III

4