Physics Minor Programs

Physics Minor Programs

Minor in Applied Physics

The Minor in Applied Physics is directed to students who with to complement their preparation in the liberal arts. Students who may be interested in this major are encouraged to make their selection of major as soon as possible.

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Minor in Astronomy

The goal of the Astronomy Minor is to provide students with an understanding of modern science with a focus on Astronomy. The minor gives students a comprehensive overview of the universe, as well as a more in-depth view of some of the aspects of astrophysics. Students who minor in Astronomy will gain a background in a field that focuses on answering the fundamental questions about the origin of human life and the place of humans in the Universe. When the minor is combined with additional program work in physics or geology, the astronomy minor provides the foundation to pursue graduate work in astronomy or planetary science

Minor in Chemical Physics

The goal of the Chemical Physics Minor is to provide students with an in-depth understanding of the fundamentals of physics and chemistry, focusing on those areas that are at the interface of those two natural sciences. These include, for example, the experimental measurement and theoretical calculation of the detailed properties and behavior of atoms and molecules. Students who minor in Chemical Physics will gain a background in physics and chemistry that focuses on answering the fundamental questions about the building blocks of matter, properties of materials and the functioning of the natural world. When the minor is combined with additional program work in physics, chemistry, biology or geology, the chemical physics minor provides the foundation to pursue graduate work in chemical physics, environmental sciences, material sciences and engineering.

Minor in Computational Science

The Computational Science Minor provides students with an in-depth understanding of the fundamentals of electronic-based simulations and computer-based calculations in the natural sciences. These include, for example, the use of algorithms to create simulations of properties and behavior of atoms and molecules and to find numerical values for non-exact equations. Students will gain a background in physics and other natural sciences that focuses on answering the fundamental questions about the building blocks of matter, properties of materials and the functioning of the natural world. When the minor is combined with additional program work in physics, chemistry, biology or geology, it provides the foundation to pursue graduate work in chemical physics, environmental sciences, material sciences and engineering.

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