Physics Minor - Calendar Program Description

Below is a list of courses that might be of interest to a student wishing to pursue a physics minor. Note that this is only a recommendation and that there are many other possible courses that could be used.

Lower Division Courses

Code Credits Name Requires Reason WQB
PHYS 120 3 Mechanics and Modern Physics Co-Req: MATH 151 Recommended Q, B-Sci
PHYS 121 3 Optics, Electricity and Magnetism PHYS 120. Co-Req: MATH 152 Recommended Q, B-Sci
PHYS 211 3 Intermediate Mechanics PHYS 121. Co-Req: MATH 251, (MATH 232 or MATH 240). Recommeded: MATH 310, PHYS 255 Pre-Req for PHYS 395 Q
PHYS 255 3 Vibratios and Waves PHYS 121. Co-Req: MATH 251, (MATH 232 or MATH 240). Recommeded Co-Req: MATH 310, PHYS 211 Pre-Req for PHYS 285 Q
PHYS 285 3 Introduction to Relativity and Quantum Mechanics PHYS 255 Pre-Req for PHYS 385 Q

Upper Division Courses

Code Credits Name Requires Reason WQB
PHYS 344 3 Thermal Physics MATH 251, (PHYS 126 or PHYS 121 or PHYS 141) Pre-Req for PHYS 445. Recommended Pre-Req for PHYS 395 Q
PHYS 385 3 Quantum Mechanics 1 (MATH 252 or MATH 254), PHYS 285. CO-Req: PHYS 211, MATH 310 Recommended Pre-Req for PHYS 445 Q
PHYS 395 3 Computational Physics MATH 310, PHYS 211, (CMPT 101 or CMPT 102). Recommended: PHYS 344 Recommended Q
PHYS 445 3 Statistical Physics PHYS 344. Recommended: PHYS 385 Recommended Q
Total: 12        
Required: 14        

Synergy

Physics involves generating data through conducting experiments and making observations. Statistics can help to understand and draw conclusions from this data. Areas that might be of particular interest include statistical physics and computational physics.

Possible Careers (Please consult other resources e.g. Career Services)

  • Satellite Data Analyst
  • Agriculture Scientist
  • Meteorologist