Students in any field can benefit from earning a minor in physics. A solid background in science is a requirement for full literacy in our increasingly technological world. Especially for students in a scientific or technical major, a more in-depth knowledge of the physics principles underlying your major can improve your ability and widen your options in future employment as well as in graduate school.
A minor in physics consists of 18 credits of physics courses, including 9 upper division credits. Many of these courses are already required of engineering and chemistry majors. A grade of C or better is required in these courses. (Labs are recommended but not required for the minor.)
||Mechanics||Electricity and Magnetism||Heat, Light, and Sound||Modern Physics or Electronic Materials and Devices||Upper-division physics courses|
|Physics 213/213L or Physics 215/215L||Physics 214/214L or Physics 216/216L||Physics 217/217L||Physics 315 or Physics 325||
|Civil Engineering||4 credits||4 credits||4 credits||3 credits||6 credits|
|Mechanical Engineering||4 credits||4 credits||4 credits||3 credits||6 credits|
|Chemical Engineering||4 credits||4 credits||4 credits||3 credits||6 credits|
|Electrical Engineering||4 credits||4 credits||4 credits||3 credits||6 credits|
|Chemistry||4 credits||4 credits||4 credits||3 credits||6 credits|
Selection of upper division credits
You are free to select 6 credits of upper-division physics credit based purely on your interests. A designated minor in physics is possible if the 6 credits of upper-division courses are chosen in a specific area of concentration. For example, if you are a mechanical engineering major you might be interested in a designated minor in classical mechanics; if you are a chemistry major you might be more interested in a quantum mechanics minor.
Designated Minors in Physics
|Classical Mechanics||Intermediate Mechanics I (Phys 451)||Thermodynamics (Phys 480)|
|Computational Physics||Computational Physics (Phys 476)||Mathematical Methods I (Phys 495)|
|Electromagnetism||Electricity & Magnetism I (Phys 461)||Electricity & Magnetism II (Phys 462)|
|Materials||Condensed Matter Physics (Phys 488)||Intro to Modern Materials (Phys 489)|
|Optics||Optics I (Phys 370)||Optics II (Phys 470)|
|Quantum Mechanics||Intermediate Modern Physics I (Phys 454)||Intermediate Modern Physics II (Phys 455)|
If you have any questions about pursuing a minor in physics, please call Steve Pate at 646-2135 or Tom Hearn at 646-5076.