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
PH-2020 Physics II – Electromagnetism and Optics
PH 2030 Physics III – Thermodynamics and Quantum Physics

Students must take at least 16 credits from the below courses:

Course Credits
PH-320 Lasers and Applications 3
PH-322 Introduction to Optics and Photonics 3
PH-324 Fiber Optics and Fiber Optic Sensors 3
PH-325 Acoustics and Illumination 3
PH-341 Astronomy and Astrophysics 3
PH-342 Relativity and Cosmology 3
PH-352 Quantum Physics 3
PH-354 Nuclear Power, Applications and Safety 3
PH-360 Physics of Electronics 4
PH-3710 Introduction to Biophysics 3
PH-401 Topics in Physics Variable
EE-3203 Electric and Magnetic Fields or 4
EE-3201 Electromagnetic Field Concepts 4
EE-3210 Electromagnetic Waves 3
SC-310 Nanoscience and Nanotechnology 3

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 or PH-123 or PH-361, and 16 additional credits from the list of approved courses.

Applied Optics and Photonics Emphasis:

Course Credits
PH-320 Lasers and Applications 3
PH-322 Introduction to Optics and Photonics 3
PH-324 Fiber Optics and Fiber Optic Sensors 3
PH-360 Physics of Electronics 4
Regular course scheduled each Fall and Winter Quarter

Note: PH-320, PH-322 and PH-324 constitute and application domain elective sequence for software engineering students.

Applied Physics Emphasis:

Course Credits
PH-325 Acoustics and Illumination 3
PH-354 Nuclear Power, Applications and Safety 3
PH-360 Physics of Electronics 4
Regular course scheduled each Fall and Winter Quarter
EE-320 Electric and Magnetic Fields 4
Regular course scheduled each Fall and Winter Quarter

General Physics:

Course Credits
PH-341 Astronomy and Astrophysics 3
PH-342 Relativity and Cosmology 3
PH-352 Quantum Physics 4
EE-320 Electric and Magnetic Fields 4
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
Associate Professor
olsson@msoe.edu
(414) 277-7314

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