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
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

The term ‘minor’ for this teaching option refers to courses that need to be completed. To sign up for this option, you need to contact the Teaching and Learning Department. Do not fill out a minor form for graduation or the minor section of the major change form. Approvals for this option must come from the Teaching and Learning Department.

A teaching minor is an academic minor which may contain different course requirements designed to meet state standards. Those interested in teaching in K-12 schools must complete a teaching major in a content area plus the teacher preparation program through the Department of Teaching and Learning. Additional teaching areas can be added through completion of either a teaching major or a teaching minor in that content area.

Teaching Licensure Requirements

Note: Students must be formally admitted to the Teacher Education Program and complete all of the professional education licensure requirements. See the Department of Teaching and Learning in the College of Education and Human Sciences for more information. A minor GPA of 2.75 is required to be eligible for student teaching. Individuals completing a teaching minor must also complete a teaching major in another content area.

Teaching Licensure Course

Rule: Must complete the following course

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

EDU 497Teaching and Assessing4
Total Hours4

Minimum Required Grade: C-