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Physics Minor

Physics Minor

If you are majoring in engineering, mathematics, chemistry or other sciences and have an interest in physics, the minor in physics will give you concrete expertise and a path to a broad range of careers. A flexible mix of core and upper division courses will train you in basic and advanced concepts in theoretical and applied physics and impart technical knowledge and problem-solving skills. The advantage of a minor in physics is that it allows you to concentrate on the field of physics that interests you, be it modern electronics or classical physics.

Students pursuing a minor in physics take courses within the nationally recognized Paradigms in Physics curriculum which gives students broader instruction in problem solving across the various sub-fields of physics: electromagnetism, quantum mechanics, materials physics, statistical physics.

Curriculum and requirements

For the physics minor, 27 credits in physics are required, distributed as follows

  • 15 credits of introductory physics - PH 211, 212, 213, 315.
  • 12 credits of upper-division courses selected in consultation with the Physics Department head advisor. The head advisor will update MyDegrees to list the courses agreed upon

The requirements for the minor in physics include 16 credits of introductory courses and 12 credits of selected upper-division courses.

Students from other major programs who complete introductory physics courses through PH 315 (Physics of Contemporary Challenges) have the option to complete a minor in physics with only 12 additional credits of upper-division physics.

Students interested in minoring in physics should contact the head advisor, Professor David McIntyre (phys-advising@science.oregonstate.edu, 541-737-1696, Weniger 311).

Students who complete introductory physics through PH 315 have the option to complete a minor in physics with only 12 additional credits of upper-division physics.

    Sample courses

    • Physics of Contemporary Challenges
    • Techniques of Theoretical Mechanics
    • Computer Interfacing and Instrumentation

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