Minor in Physics

A minor in Physics will enhance the career options of Mathematics, Computer Science, Chemistry, Biology, and other majors.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  • demonstrate mastery of the core concepts and general principles of physics
  • demonstrate competent knowledge of the specific concepts, principles, and problems of each of the basic subfields and some areas of application in physics
  • conduct experiments for a comparison with physical models and theories, and examine the results with the statistical methods of error analysis
  • formulate, solve, and interpret problems by the use of physical principles, via mathematical and computational techniques


20 units

Lower division (12 units)

  • PHYS 110 General Physics I
  • PHYS 210 General Physics II
  • PHYS 240 Modern Physics

Upper-division (8 units)

  • PHYS 310 Analytical Mechanics
  • PHYS 312 Statistical and Thermal Physics
  • PHYS 320 Electromagnetism
  • PHYS 330 Quantum Mechanics
  • PHYS 340 Optics
  • PHYS 341 Upper-Division Laboratory I
  • PHYS 371 Methods of Mathematical Physics
  • PHYS 350 Physics Colloquium Note: 2 units are required

Eight (8) units of upper-division coursework are required, of which no more than two can be fulfilled by registering for the Physics Colloquium.