Program mission/description

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.

The minor in physics is intended for students who major in related fields and are interested in progressing in physics beyond the introductory sequence. Students who minor in physics will 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.

Learning outcomes:  

  • Students demonstrate logical and critical thinking abilities.
    •  Indicators of achievement: 
      • Solving problems qualitatively and properly explaining the solution.
      • Solving problems quantitatively and properly explaining their solution.
  • Students will learn both experimental and theoretical techniques, such as setting up and running scientific equipment in the laboratory and writing code to numerically explore theoretical situations.
    • Indicators of achievement: 
      • Setting up and running scientific equipment without complicated instructions
      • Writing code to numerically explore theoretical situations
  • Students will develop skills used to analyze data from both experiment and theory.
    • Indicators of achievement:
      • Creating experiments that can be used to test theories
      • Creating theories that can be used to explain experiments
  • Students will learn to recognize simplifications required to build models.
    • Indicators of achievement: 
      • Using strategies to reduce complex problems to simple, solvable ones
      • Applying appropriate approximations
  • Students will be able to write/present/communicate scientific material, including ways of explaining complex systems with core principles.
    • Indicators of achievement: 
      • Giving clear oral presentations
      • Writing informative papers and lab reports