Minors

 


Minor in Physics

 

The physics minor gives students a working familiarity of physical concepts and delves into the critical analysis tools commonly used in the study of physics. Students can combine a minor in physics with virtually any course of study, from other liberal arts disciplines to engineering.

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Minor in Physics Course Requirements 

The following requirements must be fulfilled: 17 credits, including 11 credits in required courses and 6 credits in elective courses.

Required
MATH 1231Single-Variable Calculus I
MATH 1232Single-Variable Calculus II
MATH 2233Multivariable Calculus
PHYS 1021University Physics I
or PHYS 1025 University Physics I with Biological Applications
PHYS 1022University Physics II
or PHYS 1022W
or PHYS 1026 University Physics II with Biological Applications
PHYS 2023Modern Physics
or Phys 1023w
Electives
Two PHYS courses (6 credits) at the 3000 level or above approved by the department.

 

 


Minor in Biophysics

 

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The biophysics minor is ideal for students interested in both physics and biology or bioengineering. The required 17 credits cover topics including blood flow and radiation biology and electric currents. Students become familiar with the way life processes can be understood through physics at both the macro- and microscopic levels. 

 


Minor in Biophysics Course Requirements 

The following requirements must be met: 17 credits in required courses.

Required
MATH 1231Single-Variable Calculus I
MATH 1232Single-Variable Calculus II
MATH 2233Multivariable Calculus
PHYS 1021University Physics I
or PHYS 1025 University Physics I with Biological Applications
PHYS 1022University Physics II
or PHYS 1026 University Physics II with Biological Applications
or PHYS 1022W
PHYS 2023Modern Physics
PHYS 3127Biophysics: Macroscopic Physics in the Life Sciences
PHYS 3128Biophysics: Microscopic Physics in the Life Sciences

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Minor in Astronomy and Astrophysics

 

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The astronomy and astrophysics minor builds a working familiarity with astronomical concepts and prepares students for work environments that require scientific, critical and creative thinking and problem solving. With popular courses including Origins of the Cosmos and Stars, Planets and Life in the Universe, this minor complements virtually any course of study.

 


Minor in Astronomy and Astrophysics Course Requirements 

The following requirements must be fulfilled: 15 credits, including 12 credits in required courses and one 3-credit elective course.

Required
PHYS 1011General Physics I
or PHYS 1021 University Physics I
PHYS 1012General Physics II
or PHYS 1022 University Physics II
ASTR 1001Stars, Planets, and Life in the Universe
or ASTR 1002 Origins of the Cosmos
ASTR 2121Introduction to Modern Astrophysics
One of the following:
ASTR 2131Astrophysics Seminar
ASTR 3141Data Analysis in Astrophysics
ASTR 3161Space Astrophysics