Department of Physics

Minor in Physics

The field of physics is concerned with the study of matter, energy, motion, and the interaction of material particles. It is a cornerstone science that attempts to explain at a fundamental level the concepts underlying phenomena important to the other physical sciences, to the biological sciences, and to engineering. The Physics Department provides elementary courses to introduce students to the field, general and topical courses that support the other science departments and engineering, and a four-year program leading to a B.A. degree in physics.

The physics major covers the traditional areas of modern and classical physics, and is intended to prepare graduates for careers in physics and related technical areas or for graduate school. Another option for students with an interest in physics, but majoring in other areas, is the physics minor.

The minimum number of credits required for the minor: 19. The required courses are:

  • PHY 111, 112 Elements of Physics I, II or PHY 121, 123 General Physics I and II
  • PHY 114, 116 Introductory Physics Laboratory I, II
  • PHY 211 Nonclassical Physics I
  • PHY 240 Intermediate Laboratory I
  • At least 3 credits of physics courses numbered 200 or higher