The physics minor provides a greater depth of knowledge and increased interdisciplinary employment opportunities for students planning to enter interdisciplinary fields such as biophysics, medicine, physical chemistry and environmental science, or considering graduate studies in physics or related fields.

The physics minor equips students with the fundamental knowledge in areas including engineering mechanics (statics/dynamics), quantum mechanics, electromagnetism, optics, biological physics and electric circuits. Students in the program develop problem solving and data analysis skills, and use physics to understand real-world situations.

Students majoring in mathematics, engineering, chemistry, information technology and other sciences will benefit from achieving a minor in physics.

Physics Minor Requirements

The physics minor requires the completion of 18 credit hours in physics courses.

  • PHYS 2211K – Principles of Physics I with Laboratory (4 credit hours) 
  • PHYS 2212K – Principles of Physics II with Laboratory (4 credit hours) 
  • PHYS 3000K – Modern Physics (4 credit hours)
  • Additional 6 credit hours with a PHYS prefix at the 3000/4000 level

A minimum grade of “C” or better must be earned in all of the courses. Students who take more than the required 18 credit hours, may count the excess hours towards their general electives. In special cases, and contingent on a case-by-case approval, STEM courses which are non-PHYS may be recognized as substitution for PHYS prefix at the 3000/4000 level.

View physics minor course offering schedule (PDF).

Find more information about careers in physics from the American Physical Society.