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A minor allows an undergraduate student to specialize in a secondary discipline. A student may minor in any subject, provided the title of the minor differs from the title of the student’s major or major concentration.

To pursue a minor, you must first be enrolled in a bachelor’s degree program and file a Curriculum Add/Drop Form with the Registrar's Office to declare the minor. We recommend that you begin your minor studies as early as possible in your academic career.

Minors offered by our department are listed below.



Explore the origins of our universe, deepen your understanding of the workings of microscopic phenomena, and find new connections between your major and the broad physics curriculum. A minor in physics affords students the opportunity to explore many different areas of study; over half of the minor’s total credits are reserved for elective courses. From theoretical mechanics to quantum physics to astrophysics, this flexibility provides students with a chance to explore their interests within the field. In our rapidly evolving global technological landscape, a broader and deeper physics background provides a valuable look into the inner workings of our world.

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Are you fascinated by the physics of our universe? Do you frequently find yourself staring skyward on starry nights? A minor in astrophysics brings together your interests in the mechanical, electromagnetic, thermodynamic, quantum, and relativistic properties of galaxies, stars, and planets. Students opting to enroll in this minor will be well versed in astronomical and astrophysical principles, and can choose to focus their studies in remote sensing, optics, statics, or atmospheric physics—depending on the selected elective courses.

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Remote Sensing (Interdisciplinary)

Discover remote sensing, an interdisciplinary field employing advanced technology to remotely collect data and take measurements. Remote sensing techniques are used in field studies when direct sensing is difficult or impossible, on scales ranging from microscopic to satellite to astronomical. Disciplines that employ remote sensing techniques include atmospheric physics and chemistry, biological and earth sciences, electrical engineering, forestry and ecology, civil and environmental engineering, oceanography, limnology, image and signal analysis, astronomy, and computer science. Michigan Tech's Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences Institute (EPSSI) fosters interdisciplinary, team-based collaboration in remote sensing; research opportunities in the institute are available to undergraduate students.

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Nanoscale Science and Engineering (Nanotechnology—Interdisciplinary)

Take part in the nanoscale revolution. Nanotechnology is a rapidly developing field that seeks to understand, control, and exploit the novel physical properties displayed by matter at the nanoscale, or at dimensions between approximately 1 and 100 nanometers (for example, a DNA strand is 2.5 nanometers in diameter). Nanotechnology applications—such as drug-delivery and water-filtration techniques, nanofilms, and carbon nanotubes—are highly interdisciplinary and include virtually all fields of engineering and the natural sciences. This minor (IMNT) will give you the necessary multidisciplinary background in physics, chemistry, biology, instrumentation, and application-specific areas.

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