The department of Mathematics, Computer Science 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 transferrable 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 Classes (12 credits)

PHYS 2003 General Physics with Calculus (4 cr.) with  PHYS 2013 and PHYS 2023
PHYS 2004 General Physics with Calculus II (4 cr.) with  PHYS 2014 and PHYS 2024
PHYS 3206 Modern Physics (4 cr.) with PHYS 3216

Elective courses (6-8 credits)

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

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

“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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