Every other Jewish mother in Brooklyn would ask her child, 'So? Did you learn anything today?' But not my mother. 'Izzy,' she would say, 'did you ask a good question today?' Asking good questions made me become a scientist.
Isidore Rabi

Physics Minor


Majors &















A physics minor provides a foundation in classical and modern physics, together with enhanced skills in electronics or computational physics.  It is a good complement for students enrolled in many other majors.

The Physics Minor is not available to majors in physics, biological physics, or engineering physics. 

Courses may not be taken on a credit / no-credit basis. 


Program Requirements:


PHY 181 - The Physical World and PHY 183 - Physics Laboratory (co-requisites)

PHY 182 - The Physical World II and PHY 184 - Physics Laboratory (co-requisites)

PHY 281 - Contemporary Physics I: Foundation

PHY 293 - Contemporary Physics Laboratory

MTH 151 - Calculus I  and MTH 251 - Calculus II, or

MTH 153 - Calculus I  and MTH 251 - Calculus II, or

MTH 249 - Calculus II


and either:


PHY 282 - Contemporary Physics II: Frontiers, or

PHY 292 - Electronic Instrumentation and  PHY 294 - Laboratory in Electronic Instrumentation, or

PHY 286 - Introduction to Computational Physics