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Physics Minors (PDF)

In the course of their studies, many UMass Dartmouth students acquire a background in basic physics and mathematics, which enables them to take upper division, physics courses. A number of these students may elect to extend their study of physics into more advanced areas. A major goal of our two physics minors is to provide encouragement and formal recognition for these students.

The Physics Minor has the additional goal of establishing the physics background needed to enter interdisciplinary fields which have a significant physics content. This would be particularly useful for students majoring in fields such as chemistry, mathematics, engineering, and computer science. Students considering a career in fields such as biophysics or medical physics would benefit from a minor in physics.

The Environmental Physics Minor focuses specifically on the physics background needed to enter interdisciplinary environmental fields, which have a significant physics content.

Students who wish to enter either program must obtain approval of the Physics Department chairperson, preferably before enrolling in upper-division courses. Students who adopt one of the Physics minors must meet the university requirements of cumulative grade point averages and total number of credits. In addition, the Physics Department requires that the cumulative grade point average in physics courses submitted for recognition of completion of a minor in physics be 2.0 or above.

Physics minor requirements

  • PHY 113 Classical Physics I
  • PHY 114 Classical Physics II
  • PHY 213 Applied Modern Physics OR PHY 115 Introduction to Classical Physics

Additional three upper-division courses

  • PHY 300 Undergraduate Seminar
  • PHY 313 Mechanics
  • PHY 314 Wave Motion
  • PHY 341, 342 Modern Physics and Quantum Mechanics I, II
  • PHY 351, 352 Environmental Physics I, II
  • PHY 363 Intermediate Astrophysics
  • PHY 411, 412 Electric & Magnetic Fields I, II
  • PHY 441 Statistical Thermodynamics
  • PHY 442 Elements of Solid State Physics
  • PHY 531 Intermediate Quantum Mech. I

Notes: Physics minor

Certain other graduate courses may be substituted for the listed upper division courses, with the approval of the Physics Department.

A student wishing to minor in Physics must also acquire a substantial background in calculus (MTH 111, 112, and 211 or equivalent are required).

Environmental Physics minor requirements

  • PHY 113 Classical Physics I OR PHY 101 Introduction to Physics I
  • PHY 114 Classical Physics II OR PHY 102 Introduction to Physics II
  • PHY 351 Physics of the Environment I
  • PHY 352 Physics of the Environment II
  • PHY One 300/400 Physics elective with an environmental theme*
  • PHY One other Physics environmental elective**

* Fundamentals of Physical Oceanography is an example.
** Environmentally related courses include PHY 162, 163, 171, 172 and 182.