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Division of Natural Sciences & MathematicsDepartment of Physics & Astronomy

Degree Programs

Physics & Astronomy

Minor Areas of Study

Physics Minor

The minor in Physics requires PHYS 1111, 1112, 1113 General Physics or PHYS 1211, 1212, 1213/1214 University Physics or equivalent plus at least two additional courses above PHYS 1999, totaling at least 6 quarter hours and excluding Independent Study and Independent Research.  Science majors should consider taking the PHYS 2251, 2252 Modern Physics sequence. 

Interested students have the option of additional course work in Astrophysics or Medical Physics beyond the traditional Bachelor of Science degree track, leading to specialized minors.

Astrophysics Minor

The minor in Astrophysics requires PHYS 1211, 1212, 1213 University Physics and 20 quarter hours of astronomy coursework, including some combination of PHYS 2051, 2052, 2053 (astrophysical theory), PHYS 2061, 2062 (astronomical methods), and PHYS 3991 Independent Study or PHYS 3995 Independent Research in astronomy. Subjects include stars, planets, and galaxies and research at the University's observatories: Mt. Evans Meyer-Womble, the second highest observatory in the world, and Chamberlin, which features a historic 20-inch refractor. It is crucial that students interested in pursuing graduate work and a career in astronomy recognize the close links with physics and the need to obtain as much advanced undergraduate physics training as possible, in addition to the University's astronomy offerings.

Medical Physics Minor

The minor in Medical Physics requires PHYS 1111, 1112, 1113 General Physics or PHYS 1211, 1212, 1213 University Physics or equivalent plus PHYS 2300 Physics of the Body and PHYS 2340 Medical Imaging Physics.