Physics and Astronomy

Physics Minor


A minimum of 39 units in physics, including those in the table below, must be taken. Of these 39 units at least 9 units must be chosen from upper division (300 and 400-level) PHY or AST courses (except that no more than 3 units may be from AST 3050, AST 3420, PHY 3010, or PHY 3020).

The Support and Elective Course requirements of many science and engineering majors include all but a few courses needed for a Physics Minor.

For a description of the contents of these courses see the   Catalog  listings.

Course Number Course Name Units
MAT 1140 Calculus I 4
MAT 1150 Calculus II 4
MAT 2140 Calculus III 4
MAT 2250 Linear Algebra with Applications to Differential Equations 4
PHY 1510/L Introduction to Newtonian Mechanics/Laboratory 4
PHY 1520/L Introduction to Electromagnetism and Circuits 4
PHY 2530/A Introduction to Electromagnetic Radiation and Relativity 3
PHY 2540/A Introduction to Thermal and Quantum Physics 3

Note: PHY 1210/L (Physics of Motion, Fluids, and Heat) and 1220/L (Physics of Electromagnetism, Circuits, and Light) may be substituted for the calculus-based 1000-level introductory physics courses above if these courses have already been completed at the time a student enrolls in the Physics Minor.