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Undergraduate Catalog 2013-2014


1120 Physics Building, 301-405-5979

This minor provides a rigorous foundation in physics for students who choose not to complete the entire physics major. The minor begins with a set of two introductory courses (6 credits) in electromagnetic fields (PHYS 260 or PHYS 272) and waves (PHYS 270 or PHYS 273). As part of this introduction to Physics, the minor also requires a one-credit introductory physics laboratory (PHYS 174, PHYS 261, or PHYS 271) involving techniques of data gathering and analysis. To obtain a deeper understanding of physics, the minor requires three additional upper-level courses (3-4 credits each), which students can select from the list below.

  • Other upper level Physics courses can be substituted only with approval from the Department's undergraduate director and the Faculty Minor Advisor.
  • All courses must be completed with a grade of C- or better to be counted towards the minor.
  • No more than 7 credits in this minor can count toward major requirements. Students with more than 7 credits of overlap must substitute non-overlapping 300 or 400 level courses from the above list to reduce the overlap to no more than 7 credits.
  • Physics majors and students majoring in Astronomy are not eligible to complete the Physics Minor due to the large number of overlapping course requirements.
  Courses required for the minor  7
  One from:  
PHYS174 Physics Laboratory Introduction 1
PHYS261 General Physics: Vibrations, Waves, Heat, Electricity and Magnetism: Laboratory 1
PHYS271 General Physics: Electrodynamics, Light, Relativity and Modern Physics: Laboratory 1
  One from:  
PHYS272 Introductory Physics: Fields 3
PHYS260 General Physics: Vibrations, Waves, Heat, Electricity and Magnetism 3
  One from:  
PHYS273 Introductory Physics: Waves 3
PHYS270 General Physics: Electrodynamics, Light, Relativity and Modern Physics 3
  Three from the following:  9-12
PHYS374 Intermediate Theoretical Methods 4
PHYS375 Experimental Physics III: EM Waves, Optics & Modern Physics 3
PHYS401 Quantum Physics I  4
PHYS402 Quantum Physics II  4
PHYS404 Introductory Statistical Thermodynamics 3
PHYS410 Classical Mechanics 4
PHYS411 Intermediate Electricity and Magnetism 4
PHYS465 Modern Optics 3
PHYS474 Computational Physics 3

MATH 140 (4 credits), MATH 141 (4 credits), MATH 241 (4 credits), MATH 240 (4 credits), MATH 246 (3 credits), and Physics 161 (or Physics 171) (3 credits) are prerequisites for some of the courses in this program.

Students interested in earning a minor in physics should contact the undergraduate advisor for the Physics Department:

1120C John S. Toll Physics Building; 301-405-5979
email: ugrad@physics.umd.edu

Note: At the beginning of the semester in which graduation is intended, a student should make an appointment with the Physics Department's Undergraduate Advisor to fill out the appropriate paperwork.

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