Division of Mathematics, Science, & Technology

Physics is one of several science degrees offered at YHC. It is an invaluable component of a liberal arts education. Students gain a deeper understanding of laws governing the physical world and are challenged with concepts like relativity and quantum mechanics. In addition, they also learn about cutting edge technologies like laser and MRI that have an immediate impact in our lives.

The science majors are all built on the same liberal arts core and a physics minor is appropriate for students in any field. The physics minor might be a natural choice for students pursuing majors in mathematics, chemistry, environmental science, biology, and science education. Students who want to pursue a career in science journalism (for example, communication studies and English majors) would probably find this minor particularly useful.

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What classes will you take?

  • Required Courses (20 hours)
    • MATH 2201 - Calculus 4 hours
    • MATH 2202 - Calculus II 4 hours
    • Take one of the following sequences:
    • PHYS 1111 - College Physics I 4 hours
    • PHYS 1112 - College Physics II 4 hours
    • PHYS 2111 - University Physics I 4 hours
    • PHYS 2112 - University Physics II 4 hours
    • PHYS 3420 - Quantum Mechanics 4 hours
  • Elective Courses (7-8 hours)
    • ASTR 3201 - Intro to Astrophysics & Cosmology 3 hours
    • PHYS 3210 - Classical Mechanics 4 hours
    • PHYS 3300 - Intermediate Optics 4 hours
    • PHYS 3410 - Thermodynamics 4 hours

What can you do with physics minor?

Physics prepares you for graduate school and is a valuable addition to your major. Students gain a broader perspective to any problem by taking physics courses. Therefore , it demonstrates to any employer that the candidate is not bound by context and is able to solve a multitude of problems.