University of Montana Catalog 2023-2024

Physics Minor

Minor - Physics 


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

Degree Specific Credits: 24

Required Cumulative GPA: 2.0

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

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):
Fundamentals of Physics with Calculus I
and Physics Laboratory I with Calculus
Fundamentals of Physics with Calculus II
and Physics Laboratory II with Calculus
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
Thermodynamics & Statistical Mechanics
Quantum Mechanics I
Quantum Mechanics II
Total Hours11

Minimum Required Grade: C-