Minor Requirements

Non-physics majors, especially those majoring in other sciences, like biology, chemistry, computer science, math, human physiology, or data science, may opt to get a physics minor. A physics minor builds a strong foundation in classical mechanics and thermodynamics, while offering introductory training in subjects such as electricity and magnetism, classical mechanics, or quantum physics. This training can be a great fit if you want to use the mathematical and analytical tools of physics to explore other fields like arts, architecture, social sciences, or other natural sciences.

Our minor has 32 required credits. Keep in mind that there are math pre/co-requisites that go along with PHYS 25X and 35X.

Foundations of Physics I
(12 credits)

PHYS 251, 252, 253: Three-course intro to physics sequence using calculus.

Foundations of Physics II
(16 credits)

PHYS 351, 352, 353: Three-course sequence primarily focused on thermodynamics, computational physics, and statistical mechanics.

PHYS 391: Advanced Physics Lab

Advanced Course
(4 credits)

PHYS 362, ASTR 321, and all 400-level courses count toward this requirement—for instance, first term of quantum mechanics, first term of electricity and magnetism, classical mechanics, or computational physics.