Physics Minor

Physics is an especially complementary minor to many majors at University of the Sciences since it is a pivotal field of science with many important applications, from the use of radioisotopes in therapy to the use of magnetic resonance imaging in the detection of diseases. The physics minor provides you with the background needed for work or advanced studies in medical, biological, chemical, biochemical or pharmaceutical research, or in advanced physical therapy.


  • The physics minor consists of 1 prerequisite course (4 credits), 2 required courses (7 credits) and at least 4 elective courses (totaling a minimum of 11 credits) from the list below.
  • A minimum of 12 credits of minor coursework must be completed in addition to any courses (required courses or program electives) included in your major curriculum.
  • Up to 6 credits of coursework, with an earned grade of “C” or better, taken at another accredited institution, may be applied to the course requirements of the minor upon prior approval of the department chair.
  • You may not earn both a physics minor and a biophysics minor.
  • You should apply to the minor program early in your academic career, usually by the fifth semester of college work, but no later than the end of the drop/add period of the first semester of your last year of didactic work.

Prerequisite Course

  • PY 212 Physics II (Credits: 4)

Required Courses

  • MA 202 Mathematical Analysis IV (Credits: 4)
  • PY 301 Modern Physics I (Credits: 3)

Elective Courses

  • MA 316 Linear Algebra (Credits: 3)
    or MA320 Differential Equations (Credits: 3)
  • MA 350 Chaos and Complexity (Credits: 3)
  • PY 310 Mechanics (Credits: 3)
  • PY 340 Biophysics I (Credits: 3)
  • PY 380 Electronics (Credits: 3)
  • PY 406 Advanced Lab (Credit: 1)
  • PY 410 Electricity and Magnetism (Credits: 3)
  • PY 420 Optic and Wave Phenomena (Credits: 3)
  • PY 430 Thermodynamics (Credits: 3)
  • PY 450 Quantum Mechanics (Credits: 3)
  • PY 460 Topics in Contemporary Physics (Credits: 1-3)
  • PY 490 Special Topics or Research in Physics (Credits: 1-3)
  • PY 495 Undergraduate Research in Physics (Credits: 2)
  • Other courses as approved by the department
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