Physics

Whether, building an educational depth in physics, understanding the life cycles of massive objects in the universe or controlling individual atoms and molecules our minors equip you with advantages in scientific careers in technology, business, government, healthcare fields, as well as many other industries.

Minors

Physics provides the theoretical foundation for many technical fields. A physics minor will strengthen your knowledge in the fundamental laws of the universe–from the smallest scales (nanotechnology minor) to the largest (astrophysics minor). Our highly flexible physics minor lets you tailor your minor to the areas of physics you find most interesting.

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Astrophysics

Do you frequently find yourself staring skyward on starry nights? Are you fascinated by the physics of our universe? A minor in astrophysics brings together your interests in the mechanical, electromagnetic, thermodynamic, quantum, and relativistic properties of galaxies, stars, and planets. Students who 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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Nanoscale Sciences and Engineering (Nanotechnology—Interdisciplinary)

Galileo wrote that physicists “measure what can be measured, and make measurable what cannot be measured.” The rapidly developing field of nanotechnology 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. With a minor in nanoscale sciences and engineering, students will play a part in the nanoscale revolution. This minor will give you the necessary multidisciplinary background in physics, chemistry, biology, instrumentation, and application-specific areas.

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Physics

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 areas of study; over half of the minor’s total credits are reserved for elective courses. From theoretical mechanics to quantum physics to astrophysics, the flexibility of this minor lets students 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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Advising for Physics Minors

John Jaszczak

John Jaszczak

Physics and Nano

Brian Fick

Brian Fick

Astrophysics

Robert Nemiroff

Robert Nemiroff

Astrophysics

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