At which campus can I study this program?
Requirements for a minor may be completed at any campus location offering the specified courses for the minor. Students may not change from a campus that offers their major to a campus that does not offer their major for the purpose of completing a minor.
The Department of Physics offers a minor for students who wish to expand upon their study in this fundamental discipline, beyond the introductory courses (PHYS 211, PHYS 212, PHYS 213, PHYS 214). In addition to an additional course in modern physics (PHYS 237, which includes introductions to relativity and quantum theory, as well as applications), students take two 400-level PHYS courses for a total of 6-8 credits.The Physics minor is useful for students in many STEM disciplines who wish to extend their studies in this fundamental field, as a background for graduate study or work in a variety of technical fields.
What is Physics?
Physicists study natural phenomena in the universe, from the smallest length scales to the largest in the cosmos, to discover the basic principles or laws which govern the physical world. Knowledge of physics is crucial to truly understanding the world around us, the world inside us, and the world beyond us. The Physics minor will extend your studies at the fundamental level, as a background for graduate study or for future work in a variety of technical fields.
You Might Like This Program If...
You are interested in supplementing your education with a strong foundation in the physical principles behind applications.
|Requirements for the Minor||29-31|
Requirements for the Minor
A grade of C or better is required for all courses in the minor, as specified by Senate Policy 59-10.
|Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better|
|MATH 140||Calculus With Analytic Geometry I||4|
|MATH 141||Calculus with Analytic Geometry II||4|
|PHYS 211||General Physics: Mechanics||4|
|PHYS 212||General Physics: Electricity and Magnetism||4|
|PHYS 213||General Physics: Fluids and Thermal Physics||2|
|PHYS 214||General Physics: Wave Motion and Quantum Physics||2|
|PHYS 237||Introduction to Modern Physics||3|
|Supporting Courses and Related Areas|
|Supporting Courses and Related Areas: Require a grade of C or better|
|Select two 400-level PHYS courses 1||6-8|
Select two 400-level PHYS courses, except:
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Professor of Physics and Associate Department Head
104 Davey Lab - Box#183
University Park, PA 16802
Bruce Wittemershaus, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Physics
Erie, PA 16563