The Minor in Physics aims to give students who are literate in mathematics a basic
background enabling them to approach any applied or advanced topic in physics. It makes
them eligible for graduate work in physics without the need for remedial courses or a
disadvantage vis-à-vis physics majors. More specifically, the Minor in Physics will:
- 1.Prepare students to engage with advanced topics in Physics.
- 2.Provide mathematics majors with a competitive edge when pursuing a teaching career in sciences and mathematics.
- 3.Equip engineers with additional problem-solving techniques that are essential for their careers.
The minor proposed is aimed at scientifically minded students who already possess
the necessary mathematical skills to tackle advanced physics courses. It will be most
attractive for engineering and math students.
General requirements for admission to this minor are those of the University policy on
“Undergraduate Academic Minors.” No additional requirements are needed. Refer to the section entitled “General Rules and Regulations for Minors” of the catalog.
Graduation Requirements and Suggested Schedule
To satisfy the graduation requirements of a minor in Physics, students must pass all 5
courses from the pool of courses listed above. Students are not exempted from the
prerequisites of these courses. The level of mathematics required in PHS 304 and above
is MAT 335. A suggested schedule is as follows:
- 1.First semester (1 course; 3 credits): PHS 213**
- 2.Second semester (2 courses; 6 credits): PHS 304, PHS 417
- 3.Third semester (2 courses; 6 credits): PHS 415, PHS 436
“D” is the passing grade for each course, and the minor should be completed with a
GPA of 2.0.