The department of Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Physics offers a minor in physics, as well as a wide range of physics courses for science and non-science majors.

The emphasis for the physics minor is on fundamental concepts, analytical methods, and critical thinking skills. A physics minor is an excellent addition to any Liberal Arts major, in which the goal is to produce a well-rounded person with the knowledge and skills to succeed in any field. If a student is interested in becoming more knowledgeable in physics and loves learning for its own sake, a physics minor is an outstanding way to begin to do so, while at the same time gaining valuable transferable skills and ways of thinking.

The 18-20 credit Physics minor is designed for students who enjoy physics and are interested in gaining a broader exposure to physics concepts, experimental techniques, and computational paradigms, while at the same time gaining transferable skills and ways of thinking applicable to jobs within their primary field of interest.

Required courses (12 credits)

PHYS 2203 University Physics I (3 credits) with PHYS 2201 (1 credit) 
PHYS 2204 University Physics II (3 credits) with PHYS 2202 (1 credit) 
PHYS 3206 Modern Physics (4 credits) with PHYS 3216 (0 credits) 

Elective courses (6-8 credits)

Take 6-8 credits from PHYS at the 2250 level or above

PHYS 2250  Electronics I (4 credits) with PHYS 2251 (0 credits)
PHYS 2800 Sophomore Independent Study (1-6 credits)
PHYS 3210 Advanced Mechanics (3 credits)
PHYS 3220 Mathematical Methods for Physics (3 credits)
PHYS 3240 Optics (4 credits) with PHYS 3241
PHYS 3250 Thermodynamics (3 credits)
PHYS 3277 Solid State Physics (3 credits)
PHYS 3530 Electricity and Magnetism (3 credits)
PHYS 3800 Junior Independent Study (1-6 credits)
PHYS 4401 Physics Seminar (2 credits)
PHYS 4250 Quantum Mechanics I (3 credits)
PHYS 4430 Selected Studies in Physics (3 credits)
PHYS 4800 Senior Independent Study (1-6 credits)

“A little-known secret is that a physicist is one of the most employable people in the marketplace – a physicist is a trained problem solver. How many times have you heard a person in a workplace say, “I wasn’t trained for this!” That’s an impossible reaction from a physicist, who would say, instead, “Cool!”
— Neil deGrasse Tyson

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