Physics is the study of matter and its motion through space and time, and as such, it also deals with fundamental concepts such as energy, force, and the structure of the universe. A minor in physics allows students pursuing other majors to have a strong overview of the subject that can enhance their major. For example, anyone interested in medicine, physical therapy, dentistry, veterinary medicine, or physical training may wish to have a knowledge of how bones and muscles work together or how fluids are transported around the body. A communications, English, or business major who wants to report on, write about, or work in a science related field or business could benefit from a minor in physics. The study of physics teaches one about the methods used in science and allows one to better understand the technology they make use of on a daily basis.
A student who pursues a minor in physics will learn to analyze systems from the standpoint of a scientist and will gain improved problem-solving skills, laboratory skills, research skills, and mathematical skills. They will come to better appreciate the physics around them in everything from the car they drive to work, the rainbow in the sky, and the HVAC system that keeps them comfortable.
Contact Dr. Margaret Forrester for more information about the physics minor.