Physics Minor

The Physics minor gives students the opportunity to learn some of the fundamental laws of nature – from the microscopic world of subatomic particles to the scale of the whole Universe. Students completing the minor will develop an understanding of the method of scientific investigation and will acquire substantial quantitative and analytical skills. The laboratory component of the curriculum will provide them with hands-on experience in performing observations, collecting and processing data, and working with laboratory equipment. Completing the minor will be useful for students seeking professional realization in diverse fields such as mathematics, computer science, information systems, economics, business, psychology, and other social sciences.

The Physics minor curriculum is designed to ensure that students achieve most of the following results:

  • Acquire an understanding of the basic laws of nature;
  • Develop experimental, observational, and other technical skills;
  • Practice the application of various mathematical methods; and,
  • Build an understanding of the method of scientific investigation – from observation, to building a model/hypothesis, to verification.

Total: 20 credit hours

Required Courses (8 credit hours)

PHY 110 Mechanics and Thermodynamics
PHY 120 Electromagnetism, Relativity, and Quantum Physics

Core Electives (9 credit hours chosen among the following courses)

PHY 210 Classical Mechanics
PHY 220 Theory of Electromagnetism
PHY 230 Quantum Physics
PHY 310 Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics

Secondary Electives (3 credit hours)

Any other PHY course.

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