Students in the physics lab

Physics (m.)

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What is the Physics Program?

Physics seeks to explain the workings of the physical world encompassing a vast scale from elementary particles to the cosmos. Physics interacts with fields such as chemistry, biology, astronomy and engineering to provide a background for study in these areas.

Why study physics at Saint Martin's?

Studying physics is an excellent option for students majoring in related disciplines who want to deepen their understanding of underlying fundamentals. Students who minor in physics develop a deeper understanding of core physics principles and develop skills used by physicists, including laboratory techniques, mathematical and computational modeling, and research and presentation skills.

What can I do with this minor?

A background in physics is suitable for almost any career path. Students that study physics learn logical and critical thinking skills. According to the American Physics Society (APS), this allows physicists to bring a broad perspective to almost any problem without being bound by the context of the situation. Being able to problem solve is a desirable attribute in any career.

Engineering and chemistry majors who minor in physics also set themselves apart from their peers by better understanding the physics that underlies many of the things they use regularly. This additional knowledge is helpful for students interested in graduate school or who want to accelerate their post-graduation careers. Math majors who minor in physics obtain a deeper appreciation for physical applications of their discipline, and it serves to set themselves apart from their peers as well.

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What is required?

  • 10 semester hours of calculus-based introductory physics
    • PHY171/171L Introductory Physics I
    • PHY172/172L Introductory Physics II
  • 11 semester hours of calculus
    • MTH171 Calculus I
    • MTH172 Calculus II
    • MTH271 Vector Calculus
  • 13 semester hours of upper division physics courses
    • PHY303 Modern Physics with Laboratory
    • PHY314 Classical and Computational Physics
    • An elective applied physics course
      • PHY355 Solid State Physics, or
      • PHY365 Astrophysics
    • PHY399 Explorations in Physics

Note: All Saint Martin's students must complete the University's general education requirements.

Related fields of study

Mathematics (M., m.) | Chemistry (M., m.) | Civil Engineering (M.) | Mechanical Engineering (M.)

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