If you're majoring in another field but are interested in physics and wish this to be recognized on your transcript, the physics minor program is an excellent option. This 24-credit course of study develops your background in physics considerably beyond the level of first-year physics courses.

A minimum 2.0 average must be maintained in the courses taken for a physics minor, and none can be designated pass/no entry. The minor should be initiated by the beginning of the junior year to allow time to complete the necessary coursework.

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Some of the upper-level physics courses have substantial overlaps with courses at the same level in other majors and can help to both expand and boost your training in your own major. Students that typically undertake a physics minors are mechanical, aeronautical, electrical and chemical engineering majors, as well as math, applied math and chemistry majors. 

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Course (Credit)

  • PH131 Physics I (4) 
  • PH132 Physics II (4) 
  • PH231 Fundamentals of Modern Physics (3)
  • PH221 Theoretical Mechanics I (3) 
    OR or PH230 Physics III (3)
  • PH331 Quantum Physics I (3)

Any two 3-credit Physics courses at the 300-400 level (6 cr). These may include

  • PH371/CM371 Physical Chemistry I (3) 
  • PH372/CM372 Physical Chemistry II (3)

One of the following 1-credit courses:

  • PH121 Physics Freshman Seminar (1) 
  • PH232 Modern Physics Laboratory (1) 
  • PH435 Physics Senior Seminar (1) 
  • PH470 Directed Study Experimental (1) 
  • PH474 Directed Study Theoretical (1)
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