Physics is a pivotal field of science with many important applications, from the use of radioisotopes in therapy to the use of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in the detection of diseases. Clearly, an understanding of modern physics is of vital importance for many students. This is especially the case for those who wish to pursue careers in medical, biological, chemical, biochemical, or pharmaceutical research or in advanced physical therapy. The physics minor provides students with some of the background needed for work or advanced studies in any of these areas. It consists of 1 prerequisite course (4 credits), 2 required courses (7 credits), and at least 4 elective courses (totaling a minimum of 11 credits) from the list below. Note that a minimum of 12 credits of minor coursework must be completed in addition to any courses (required courses or program electives) included in the student’s major curriculum. Up to 6 credits of coursework, with an earned grade of “C” or better, taken at another accredited institution may be applied to the course requirements of the minor upon prior approval of the department chair. Students may not earn both a physics minor and a biophysics minor.
Interested students should apply to the minor program early in their academic career, usually by the fifth semester of college work, but no later than the end of the drop/add period of the first semester of their last year of didactic work.
For more information on applying for and completing a minor, please see Minors in the Academics section of this catalog.