Physics Minor

Physics is the most fundamental of the sciences, and undergraduate training in physics provides a solid grounding in quantitative problem solving, analytical reasoning, and mathematical modeling. Fundamental knowledge of physics is relevant to a wide variety of majors and careers. A minor in physics is designed for students who have an interest in the fundamental laws of nature, the basic properties of matter, and the nature of space and time.

The physics minor consists of the introductory sequence General Physics I, II, and III, each with their respective lab. Although not recommended, it is possible to substitute Structure of Physics I and II for General Physics I and II. Students then take any two additional advanced physics courses.

Requirements for the Minor in Physics

Students must take at least 18 credits, distributed as follows:

A. Foundational courses: (12 credits)

  • CP2240 General Physics I
    or CP2220 Structure of Physics I 3 cr
  • CP2250 General Physics II
    or CP2230 Structure of Physics II 3 cr
  • CP2241 General Physics I Laboratory
    or CP2221 Structure of Physics I Laboratory 1 cr
  • CP2250 General Physics II
    or CP2230 Structure of Physics II 3 cr
  • CP2251 General Physics II Laboratory
    or CP2231 Structure of Physics I Laboratory 1 cr
  • CP2260 General Physics III 3 cr
  • CP2261 General Physics III Lab 1 cr

B. Elective Courses: Two courses from among the following (6-8 credits)

  • CP2900 Astronomy 3 cr
    and co-requisite CP2901 Astronomy Lab 1 cr
  • CP3230 Mathematical Methods in the Physical Sciences 3 cr
  • CP4700 Physical Chemistry I 3 cr
  • CP4710 Physical Chemistry II 3 cr
  • CP4720 Physical Chemistry Lab 1 cr