Minor in Physics

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 2010 – Physics I – Mechanics (4 credits) or
PH 2010A – Physics I – Mechanics (4 credits) or
PH 2011 – Physics I – Mechanics (4 credits) or
PH 2011A – Physics I – Mechanics (4 credits)
PH 2020 – Physics II – Electromagnetism/Optics (4 credits) or
PH 2021 – Physics II – ElectroMagnetism (4 credits)
PH 2030 – Physics III – Thermo/Quantum Physics (4 credits) or
PH 2031 – Waves, Optics, Thermodynamics, and Quantum Physics (4 credits)

Alternative:

PH 113 – College Physics I (4 credits) or
PH 123 – College Physics II (4 credits) or
PH 361 – Physics of Materials (4 credits)
and 16 additional credits from the list of approved courses

Approved Courses (16 credits)

PH 320 – Lasers and Applications (3 credits)
PH 322 – Intro-Optics and Photonics (3 credits)
PH 324 – Fiber Optics/Fiber Optic Sensors (3 credits)
PH 325 – Acoustics & Illumination (3 credits)
PH 341 – Intro-Astronomy/Astrophysics (3 credits)
PH 342 – Relativity and Cosmology (3 credits)
PH 352 – Quantum Physics (3 credits)
PH 354 – Nuclear Power, Applications and Safety (3 credits)
PH 360 – Physics of Semiconductor Materials and Devices (4 credits) or
PH 3600 – Physics of Semiconductor Materials and Devices (4 credits)
PH 3710 – Intro to Biophysics (3 credits)
PH 401 – Topics in Physics (3 credits)
EE 3202 – Electric and Magnetic Fields (3 credits)
ET 3202 – Electromagnetic Field Concepts (4 credits)
EE 3212 – Electromagnetic Waves (4 credits)
SC 310 – Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (3 credits)

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.

Applied Optics and Photonics Emphasis:
PH 320 – Lasers and Applications (3 credits)
PH 322 – Intro-Optics and Photonics (3 credits)
PH 324 – Fiber Optics/Fiber Optic Sensors (3 credits)
PH 3600 – Physics of Semiconductor Materials and Devices (4 credits)
Regular course scheduled each Fall and Winter Quarter

Applied Physics Emphasis:
PH 325 – Acoustics & Illumination (3 credits)
PH 354 – Nuclear Power, Applications and Safety (3 credits)
PH 3600 – Physics of Semiconductor Materials and Devices (4 credits)
Regular course scheduled each Fall and Winter Quarter
EE 3202 – Electric and Magnetic Fields (3 credits)
Regular course scheduled each Fall and Winter Quarter

General Physics:
PH 341 – Intro-Astronomy/Astrophysics (3 credits)
PH 342 – Relativity and Cosmology (3 credits)
PH 352 – Quantum Physics (3 credits)
EE 3202 – Electric and Magnetic Fields (3 credits)
Regular course scheduled each Fall and Winter Quarter

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.

Minor Coordinator

Dr. Robert Olsson
Professor
olsson@msoe.edu
(414) 277-7314

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