The Minor in Physics is offered to those students who wish to expand their background and understanding of physics. To qualify, a student must take 28 credits of eligible courses. This includes a minimum of 12 credits from the list of approved courses, six of which must be from courses not specifically required for a student’s major. At least 50 percent of all credits towards the minor must have been earned in residence at MSOE, including six credits from the list of approved courses. A minimum GPA of 2.00 is required for courses that are counted towards the minor.
Interested students should contact the coordinator for the minor, for clarification to the extent to which free, technical and math/science electives may be used in fulfilling the requirements for the minor.
Required Courses (12 credits)
PH 2011 Physics I – Mechanics
PH 2021 Physics II – Electromagnetism
PH 2031 Physics III – Optics, Thermodynamics and Quantum Physics
PH 2011a may be substituted for PH 2011.
Students must take at least 16 credits from the below courses:
Some of the approved courses are offered as part of the regular course offerings, others are only offered if there is sufficient student interest, and many are on a two-year rotating schedule. Changes in course offerings that will meet the requirements of the minor will be included in the Schedule of Classes and in the Undergraduate Academic Catalog.
Alternative: PH 113 and PH 123 and PH 361, or PH 2010 and PH 2020 and PH 2030, and 16 additional credits from the list of approved courses.
Applied Optics and Photonics Emphasis:
Note: PH 320, PH 322 and PH 324 constitute and application domain elective sequence for software engineering students.
Applied Physics Emphasis:
In addition to scheduled electives, the physics faculty offers students with interest in particular areas and opportunity to work one-on-one with a faculty member as part of an “Independent Study,” PH 499. (Freshmen and sophomores may request a project course, PH 199.) Groups of students may also petition the faculty to offer a course different than the scheduled electives. Faculty areas of expertise under which they will offer Independent Study and specialty courses include, but are not limited to, the areas of renewable energy, unification theories and quantum computing.
Contact the minor coordinator with any further questions.
Dr. Robert Olsson