Physics Minor

Minor - Physics 

College of Humanities & Sciences

Degree Specific Credits: 24

Required Cumulative GPA: 2.0

Catalog Year: 2018-2019

Note: Mathematics prerequisites for the physics minor are M 171, M 172, M 273, (and M 221 if needed).


Required Lower-Division Courses10
Upper-Division Core Course3
Elective Courses11
Teaching Physics Track
Total Hours24

Required Lower-Division Courses

Note: The Physics with Calculus series (PHSX 215N - PHSX 218N) is strongly recommended.

Complete one of the following Physics sequences:10
Algebra- and Trigonometry-based Physics:
College Physics I
and College Physics I Laboratory
College Physics II
and College Physics II Laboratory
Calculus-based Physics (strongly recommended):
Fund of Physics w/Calc I
and Physics Laboratory I w/Calc
Fund of Physics w/Calc II
and Physics Laboratory II w/Calc
Total Hours10

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Upper-Division Core Course

Complete the following course:
PHSX 301Intro Theoretical Physics3
Total Hours3

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Elective Courses

Complete 11 credits of the following courses, 8 of which must be upper-division:11
Einstein's Relativity
Special Topics
Oscillations and Waves
Classical Mechanics
Intermediate Physics Lab
Communicating Physics
Computational Physics
Modern Physics
Electricity & Magnetism I
Advanced Physics Lab
Thermodyn & Stat Mech
Quantum Mechanics I
Quantum Mechanics II
Total Hours11

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Teaching Physics Track


  • This teaching track contains different/additional course requirements designed to meet state standards. Those interested in teaching in K-12 schools must complete the teaching track of a major in a teaching content area plus the Teacher Education Program through the Department of Teaching and Learning. Additional teaching areas can be added through completion of the teaching track of a major or minor in that content area.
  • To complete this teaching track, you need to contact the Teaching and Learning Department. You do not fill out a major/minor form for graduation or the major/minor/concentration section of the major change form. Approvals for this track must come from the Teaching and  Learning Department.  
  • Tracks will not appear on your UM transcript, diploma, university lists, student data system, or university publications. They are used for advising purposes only. You do not fill out a major change for a track.
  • Individuals completing the teaching track of this minor must also complete the teaching track of a major in another teaching content area.

Teaching Physics Track Requirements:

Note: The EDU 497 course number is used for multiple courses. Students should register for EDU 497 Methods: 5-12 Science.

Complete the following course
EDU 497Teaching and Assessing4
Total Hours4

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Secondary Teaching Licensure

Note: For endorsement to teach ­­­­­physics, a student also must gain admission to the Teacher Education Program and meet all the requirements for secondary teaching licensure. For more information, see the Teaching and Learning Department