Requirements for Physics Minor

Minor in Physics

Program Goals Learning Objectives

1.  Students will have a knowledge of the information in each of the major areas of physics.

1A.  Students will demonstrate an improved understanding of the fundamental concepts in each of the major areas of physics

2.  Students will have mastered the skills appropriate to the discipline of physics.

2A.  Students will demonstrate a conceptual problem solving ability.

2B.  Students will demonstrate a proficiency in the application of mathematics to physics.

2C.  Students will demonstrate basic proficiency in laboratory measurement and analysis techniques.

2D.  Students will demonstrate the ability to work as members of a team.

Course requirements 18 credits

All of the following (13 credits)

  • PHY 213 (or 201 or 221) & PHY 205 General Physics I (4 credits)
  • PHY 214 (or 202 or 222) & PHY 206 General Physics II (4 credits)
  • PHY 301 Modern Physics (3 credits)
  • PHY 397 Research Methods (2 credits)

Six credits from the following courses:

  • PHY 331 Physical Optics (3 credits)
  • PHY 332 Optics Laboratory (1 credit)
  • PHY 471 Classical Mechanics (3 credits)
  • PHY 481 Electricity and Magnetism (3 credits)
  • PHY 491 Seminar (1 credit)
  • PHY 493 Directed Independent Readings (1-2 credit(s))
  • PHY 495 Directed Independent Study (1-2 credit(s))
  • PHY 497 Directed Independent Research (1-2 credit(s))
  • PHY 531 Quantum Mechanics (3 credits)
  • PHY 541 Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics (3 credits)
  • PHY 562 Nuclear Instruments and Methods (2 credits)
  • PHY 595 Special Topics (3 credits)

Note Only a total of two credits from PHY 493, 495 and 497 may be applied toward the minor.