Graduate Minor in Physics

A graduate minor is granted under plans I-A and II for any graduate major. Under plan I-A 6 to 12 hours in the minor subject area are required. Plan II requires 12 to 15 hours in the subject area. Thus, a graduate minor in physics can be earned in two years.

In order to provide a well rounded graduate education in Physics, the following courses are offered on a two year rotation. All of the courses currently have a designation of Physics 5390 - Graduate Topics in Physics.

Fall Semester, Even Numbered Years:

  • Classical Mechanics

Spring Semester, Odd Numbered Years

  • Electromagnetic Theory
  • Mathematical Methods for Physics

Fall Semester, Odd Numbered Years

  • Quantum Mechanics

Spring Semester, Even Numbered Years

  • Statistical Physics

Additional Courses

In addition, the following courses can be offered as the demand warrants:

  • Atomic Physics
  • Classical Mechanics II
  • General Relativity I
  • General Relativity II
  • Mathematical Methods for Physics II
  • Observational Astronomy
  • Quantum Field Theory I
  • Quantum Field Theory II
  • Solid State Physics
  • Theoretical Astrophysics

To earn graduate credit for any undergraduate course authorized in the graduate catalog, the student must complete an extra assignment of graduate level quality that is not required of undergraduate students. The following advanced undergraduate courses have been approved by the Graduate Council for graduate credit:

  • PHYS 4303. Mathematical Methods of Physics.
  • PHYS 4323. Optics.
  • PHYS 4343. Modern Physics II.
  • PHYS 4353. Quantum Theory.
  • PHYS 4390. Selected Topics in Modern Physics.
  • PHYS 4460. Nuclear Physics.


Students interested in this option should contact the Physics Program at