Campuses:
Twin Cities Campus
Physics MinorSchool of Physics & Astronomy
College of Liberal Arts
The principles of physics underlie many areas of science and technology, including engineering, biotechnology, medicine, and other sciences. The physics minor provides a broad introduction to the principles of physics and its use for modeling and solving practical problems.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
Minor Requirements
Students may earn no more than one degree in the Department of Physics: a BA or a BS or a minor.
Mathematics
Take exactly 3 course(s) totaling exactly 12 credit(s) from the following:
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MATH 1271  Calculus I
[MATH]
(4.0 cr)
or
MATH 1371  CSE Calculus I
[MATH]
(4.0 cr)
or
MATH 1571H  Honors Calculus I
[MATH]
(4.0 cr)
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MATH 1272  Calculus II
(4.0 cr)
or
MATH 1372  CSE Calculus II
(4.0 cr)
or
MATH 1572H  Honors Calculus II
(4.0 cr)
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MATH 2243  Linear Algebra and Differential Equations
(4.0 cr)
or
MATH 2373  CSE Linear Algebra and Differential Equations
(4.0 cr)
or
MATH 2574H  Honors Calculus IV
(4.0 cr)
Introductory Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics
Take exactly 1 course(s) totaling exactly 4 credit(s) from the following:
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PHYS 2201  Introductory Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics
(4.0 cr)
Physics I
Take exactly 1 course(s) totaling exactly 4 credit(s) from the following:
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PHYS 1301W  Introductory Physics for Science and Engineering I
[PHYS, WI]
(4.0 cr)
or
PHYS 1401V  Honors Physics I
[PHYS, WI]
(4.0 cr)
or
PHYS 1501V  Honors Introduction to Mechanics
[PHYS, WI]
(4.0 cr)
Physics II
Take exactly 1 course(s) totaling exactly 4 credit(s) from the following:
·
PHYS 1302W  Introductory Physics for Science and Engineering II
[PHYS, WI]
(4.0 cr)
or
PHYS 1402V  Honors Physics II
[PHYS, WI]
(4.0 cr)
or
PHYS 1502V  Honors Introduction to Electricity and Magnetism
[PHYS, WI]
(4.0 cr)
Physics III
Take exactly 1 course(s) totaling exactly 4 credit(s) from the following:
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PHYS 2503  Physics III: Intro to Waves, Optics, and Special Relativity
(4.0 cr)
or
PHYS 2503H  Honors Physics III
(4.0 cr)
Quantum Physics
Take exactly 2 course(s) totaling exactly 7 credit(s) from the following:
·
PHYS 2601  Quantum Physics
(4.0 cr)
PHYS 3605W  Modern Physics Laboratory
[WI]
(3.0 cr)
Physics/Astrophysics Elective
Take 1 or more course(s) totaling 3  5 credit(s) from the following:
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AST 4001  Astrophysics I
(4.0 cr)
·
AST 4002  Astrophysics II
(4.0 cr)
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AST 4031  Interpretation and Analysis of Astrophysical Data
(4.0 cr)
·
AST 5012  The Interstellar Medium
(4.0 cr)
·
AST 5201  Methods of Experimental Astrophysics
(4.0 cr)
·
PHYS 3022  Introduction to Cosmology
(3.0 cr)
·
PHYS 4001  Analytical Mechanics
(4.0 cr)
·
PHYS 4002  Electricity and Magnetism
(4.0 cr)
·
PHYS 4051  Methods of Experimental Physics I
(5.0 cr)
·
PHYS 4052W  Methods of Experimental Physics II
[WI]
(5.0 cr)
·
PHYS 4101  Quantum Mechanics
(4.0 cr)
·
PHYS 4201  Statistical and Thermal Physics
(3.0 cr)
·
PHYS 4211  Introduction to SolidState Physics
(3.0 cr)
·
PHYS 4303  Electrodynamics and Waves
(3.0 cr)
·
PHYS 4511  Introduction to Nuclear and Particle Physics
(3.0 cr)
·
PHYS 4611  Introduction to Space Physics
(3.0 cr)
·
PHYS 4621  Introduction to Plasma Physics
(3.0 cr)
·
PHYS 4911  Introduction to Biopolymer Physics
(3.0 cr)
·
PHYS 5001  Quantum Mechanics I
(4.0 cr)
·
PHYS 5002  Quantum Mechanics II
(4.0 cr)
·
PHYS 5011  Classical Physics I
(4.0 cr)
·
PHYS 5012  Classical Physics II
(4.0 cr)
·
PHYS 5041  Mathematical Methods for Physics
(4.0 cr)
·
PHYS 5081  Introduction to Biopolymer Physics
(3.0 cr)
·
PHYS 5201  Thermal and Statistical Physics
(3.0 cr)
·
PHYS 5401  Physiological Physics
(4.0 cr)
·
PHYS 5402  Radiological Physics
(4.0 cr)
·
PHYS 5621  Introduction to Plasma Physics
(3.0 cr)
·
PHYS 5701  SolidState Physics for Engineers and Scientists
(4.0 cr)
·
AST 4041  Computational Methods in the Physical Sciences
(4.0 cr)
or
PHYS 4041  Computational Methods in the Physical Sciences
(4.0 cr)
·
AST 5022  Relativity, Cosmology, and the Universe
(4.0 cr)
or
PHYS 5022  Relativity, Cosmology, and the Universe
(4.0 cr)
·
HSCI 4121W  History of 20thCentury Physics
[WI]
(3.0 cr)
or
PHYS 4121W  History of 20thCentury Physics
[WI]
(3.0 cr)


Credits:  4.0 [max 4.0] 
Course Equivalencies:  00067  Math 1271/Math 1281/Math 1371/ 
Typically offered:  Every Fall, Spring & Summer 
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Course Equivalencies:  Math 1142/1271/1281/1371/1571H 
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Course Equivalencies:  00067  Math 1142/1271/1281/1371/1571H 
Grading Basis:  AF only 
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Course Equivalencies:  Math 1272/1282/1252/1372/1572 
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Course Equivalencies:  Math 1272/1282/1252/1372/1572 
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Course Equivalencies:  00068  Math 1272/1282/1252/1372/1572 
Grading Basis:  AF only 
Typically offered:  Every Spring 
Credits:  4.0 [max 4.0] 
Course Equivalencies:  Math 2243/2373/2573 
Typically offered:  Every Fall, Spring & Summer 
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Course Equivalencies:  Math 2243/2373/2573 
Typically offered:  Every Fall & Spring 
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Course Equivalencies:  00561  Math 2243/Math 2373/Math 2573H 
Grading Basis:  AF only 
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Course Equivalencies:  00078 
Typically offered:  Every Fall, Spring & Summer 
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Course Equivalencies:  00078 
Grading Basis:  AF only 
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Course Equivalencies:  00078  Phys 1201W/Phys1301W/Phys1401V 
Grading Basis:  AF only 
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Course Equivalencies:  00079 
Typically offered:  Every Fall & Spring 
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Course Equivalencies:  00079 
Grading Basis:  AF only 
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Course Equivalencies:  00079  Phys 1202W/1302W/1402V 
Grading Basis:  AF only 
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Course Equivalencies:  00080  Phys 2303/2403H/2503 
Typically offered:  Every Fall 
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Course Equivalencies:  00080  Phys 2303/2403H/2503 
Grading Basis:  AF only 
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Typically offered:  Every Spring 
Credits:  3.0 [max 3.0] 
Course Equivalencies:  02527  Phys 2605/Phys 3605W 
Typically offered:  Every Fall & Spring 
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Grading Basis:  AF or Aud 
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Grading Basis:  AF or Aud 
Typically offered:  Periodic Fall 
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Grading Basis:  AF only 
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Typically offered:  Periodic Fall 
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Typically offered:  Spring Even Year 
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Typically offered:  Every Fall 
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Typically offered:  Every Fall & Spring 
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Typically offered:  Every Spring 
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Typically offered:  Fall Odd Year 
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Typically offered:  Fall Odd Year 
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Course Equivalencies:  00744  Phys 4911/5081 
Typically offered:  Every Spring 
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Typically offered:  Every Spring 
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Typically offered:  Every Fall 
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Typically offered:  Every Spring 
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Course Equivalencies:  00744  Phys 4911/5081 
Typically offered:  Periodic Fall 
Credits:  3.0 [max 3.0] 
Grading Basis:  AF or Aud 
Typically offered:  Every Fall 
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Prerequisites:  Two semesters of introductory calculusbased physics, such as PHYS1302W. Students not sure if they meet prerequisites should consult instructor. 
Typically offered:  Spring Even Year 
Credits:  3.0 [max 3.0] 
Course Equivalencies:  01950 
Typically offered:  Periodic Fall 
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Typically offered:  Periodic Fall & Spring 
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Course Equivalencies:  01838  Ast 4041/Phys 4041 
Typically offered:  Periodic Fall & Spring 
Credits:  4.0 [max 4.0] 
Course Equivalencies:  01838  Ast 4041/Phys 4041 
Typically offered:  Periodic Fall & Spring 
Credits:  4.0 [max 4.0] 
Course Equivalencies:  Ast 5022/Phys 5022 
Typically offered:  Periodic Fall & Spring 
Credits:  4.0 [max 4.0] 
Course Equivalencies:  Ast 5022/Phys 5022 
Typically offered:  Periodic Fall 
Credits:  3.0 [max 3.0] 
Course Equivalencies:  00984  HSci 4121/Phys 4121 
Typically offered:  Periodic Spring 
Credits:  3.0 [max 3.0] 
Course Equivalencies:  00984  HSci 4121/Phys 4121 
Typically offered:  Periodic Spring 