A minor in physics (20 units) is a great option for STEM majors who want to become sharper, more analytical thinkers, and/or more competitive and prepared for graduate school. This minor will give you a much greater understanding of how God made the universe to work.

Lower Division Requirements

 

Complete a two-semester sequence from the following:

This course covers topics such as units, vectors, motion (in one, two and three dimensions), Newton's laws of motion, work, kinetic and potential energy, momentum, impulse, collisions, conservation laws, dynamics of rotational motion, equilibrium, gravitation, and periodic motion. Six (6) hours per week of inquiry-based instruction. Additional course fee. Prerequisite: MAT 145 or a B or better in EGR 182. Pre- or Co- Requisite: MAT 245. (4 units; Fall/Spring)

InstructorStart DateDaysTimeLocation
PHY201-C
Chediak, Juan A.
01/08/2024 TTh 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM BUS 123
PHY201-A
Chediak, Juan A.
01/08/2024 MW 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM BUS 123
PHY201-B
Chediak, Juan A.
01/08/2024 MW 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM BUS 123
PHY201-D
Choi, Hyung S
01/08/2024 TTh 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Yeager Center B252
PHY201-E
Choi, Hyung S
01/08/2024 TTh 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Yeager Center B252
PHY201-B
Grant, Ted William
09/03/2024 Th 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Mission Hall 109
PHY201-A
Grant, Ted William
09/03/2024 Th 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Mission Hall 109
PHY201-C
Grant, Ted William
09/03/2024 Th 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Mission Hall 109
PHY201-F
Choi, Hyung S
01/13/2025 MW 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM TBA
PHY201-E
Choi, Hyung S
01/13/2025 MW 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM TBA
PHY201-B
Chediak, Juan A.
01/13/2025 TTh 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Park Building 123
PHY201-C
Chediak, Juan A.
01/13/2025 TTh 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Park Building 123
PHY201-A
Chediak, Juan A.
01/13/2025 TTh 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Park Building 123

This course covers topics such as fluids, temperature and ideal gas, electric charge and field, Gauss' Law, electric potential, capacitance and dielectrics, current, resistance and electromotive force, direct-current circuits, magnetic field and force, Ampere's and Faraday's laws, electromagnetic induction, inductance, alternating current circuits, and electromagnetic waves. Six (6) hours per week of inquiry-based instruction. Additional course fee. Prerequisites: PHY 201 and MAT 245. (4 units; Fall/Spring)

InstructorStart DateDaysTimeLocation
PHY203-B
Grant, Ted William
01/08/2024 Th 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM BUS 124
PHY203-C
Grant, Ted William
01/08/2024 Th 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM BUS 124
PHY203-A
Grant, Ted William
01/08/2024 Th 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM BUS 124
PHY203-A
Buchholz, James R
05/06/2024 TWTh 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM James Complex 121
PHY203-C
Chediak, Juan A.
09/03/2024 TTh 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Yeager Center A111
PHY203-A
Chediak, Juan A.
09/03/2024 TTh 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Yeager Center A111
PHY203-B
Chediak, Juan A.
09/03/2024 TTh 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Yeager Center A111
PHY203-A
Grant, Ted William
01/13/2025 Th 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Health Science Campus S292
PHY203-B
Grant, Ted William
01/13/2025 Th 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Health Science Campus S292
PHY203-C
Grant, Ted William
01/13/2025 Th 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Health Science Campus S292
PHY203-A
Buchholz, James R
05/05/2025 TWTh 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM James Complex 121
or

The first course in a 2-semester calculus-based physics sequence for science and mathematics majors. A study of mechanics, heat and thermodynamics, waves, sound, and the mathematical methods of physics. Should be taken with PHY 214L - Physics for Scientists I Lab and PHY 214D - Physics for Scientists I Discussion. Prerequisite: MAT 145 or 245. (3 units; Fall/Spring)

InstructorStart DateDaysTimeLocation
PHY214-A
Choi, Hyung S
01/08/2024 MWF 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Yeager Center A110
PHY214-A
Buchholz, James R
05/06/2024 Th 9:30 AM - 2:30 PM BUS 252
PHY214-A
Choi, Hyung S
09/03/2024 MWF 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Yeager Center A110
PHY214-B
Buchholz, James R
09/03/2024 MWF 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Yeager Center A111
PHY214-A
Choi, Hyung S
01/13/2025 MWF 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Health Science Campus V295
PHY214-A
Buchholz, James R
05/05/2025 Th 9:30 AM - 2:30 PM Park Building

This laboratory course, designed to be taken concurrently with PHY 214 - Physics for Scientists I, emphasizes scientific measuring and reporting techniques. Observational laboratories will reinforce topics in mechanics, including kinematics, Newton's Laws, momentum, energy, waves, sound, and thermodynamics. Additional course fee. Pre- or Co- Requisite: PHY 214. (1 unit; Fall/Spring)

InstructorStart DateDaysTimeLocation
PHY214L-B
Ahab, Atika S.
01/08/2024 T 5:30 PM - 8:15 PM James Complex 122
PHY214L-A
Choi, Hyung S
01/08/2024 T 2:00 PM - 4:45 PM James Complex 122
PHY214L-C
Chediak, Juan A.
01/08/2024 F 1:15 PM - 4:00 PM James Complex 122
PHY214L-B
Buchholz, James R
05/06/2024 Sa 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM James Complex 121
PHY214L-A
Buchholz, James R
05/06/2024 Sa 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM James Complex 122
PHY214L-F
STAFF, STAFF
09/03/2024 W 6:00 PM - 8:45 PM James Complex 122
PHY214L-B
Grant, Ted William
09/03/2024 M 3:00 PM - 5:45 PM James Complex 122
PHY214L-C
STAFF, STAFF
09/03/2024 M 6:00 PM - 8:45 PM James Complex 122
PHY214L-E
Buchholz, James R
09/03/2024 W 3:00 PM - 5:45 PM James Complex 122
PHY214L-A
Choi, Hyung S
09/03/2024 M 12:00 PM - 2:45 PM James Complex 122
PHY214L-D
Choi, Hyung S
09/03/2024 T 2:00 PM - 4:45 PM James Complex 122
PHY214L-A
Choi, Hyung S
01/13/2025 Th 5:30 PM - 8:15 PM James Complex 122
PHY214L-B
STAFF, STAFF
01/13/2025 F 1:15 PM - 4:00 PM James Complex 122
PHY214L-A
Buchholz, James R
05/05/2025 Sa 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM James Complex 122

The second course in a 2-semester calculus-based physics sequence for science and mathematics majors. Includes a study of electricity, magnetism, electromagnetic waves, optics, and modern physics topics. Should be taken with PHY 224L - Physics for Scientists II Lab and PHY 224D - Physics for Scientists II Discussion. Prerequisite: PHY 214. (3 units; Spring)

InstructorStart DateDaysTimeLocation
PHY224-B
Buchholz, James R
01/08/2024 MWF 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM BUS 203
PHY224-A
Buchholz, James R
01/08/2024 MWF 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM BUS 203
PHY224-A
Snapp-Kolas, Christopher R.
07/01/2024 Th 9:30 AM - 2:30 PM BUS 253
PHY224-B
Buchholz, James R
01/13/2025 MWF 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Park Building 204
PHY224-A
Buchholz, James R
01/13/2025 MWF 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Park Building 204
PHY224-A
Buchholz, James R
06/30/2025 Th 9:30 AM - 2:30 PM Park Building

This laboratory course, designed to be taken concurrently with Physics for Scientists II, emphasizes scientific measuring and reporting techniques. Observational laboratories will reinforce topics in electricity, magnetism, optics, and modern physics. Additional lab fee. Pre- or Co- Requisite: PHY 224. (1 unit; Spring)

InstructorStart DateDaysTimeLocation
PHY224L-E
Ahab, Atika S.
01/08/2024 W 6:00 PM - 8:45 PM James Complex 121
PHY224L-B
Lee, Yeon_Suk
01/08/2024 M 6:00 PM - 8:45 PM James Complex 121
PHY224L-A
Lee, Yeon_Suk
01/08/2024 M 3:00 PM - 5:45 PM James Complex 121
PHY224L-C
Ahab, Atika S.
01/08/2024 T 2:00 PM - 4:45 PM James Complex 121
PHY224L-D
Grant, Ted William
01/08/2024 W 3:00 PM - 5:45 PM James Complex 121
PHY224L-B
Snapp-Kolas, Christopher R.
07/01/2024 Sa 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM James Complex 122
PHY224L-A
Snapp-Kolas, Christopher R.
07/01/2024 Sa 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM James Complex 121
PHY224L-A
Grant, Ted William
01/13/2025 M 3:00 PM - 5:45 PM James Complex 121
PHY224L-D
STAFF, STAFF
01/13/2025 W 3:00 PM - 5:45 PM James Complex 121
PHY224L-E
Grant, Ted William
01/13/2025 W 12:00 PM - 2:45 PM James Complex 121
PHY224L-C
STAFF, STAFF
01/13/2025 T 2:00 PM - 4:45 PM James Complex 121
PHY224L-B
STAFF, STAFF
01/13/2025 M 6:00 PM - 8:45 PM James Complex 121
PHY224L-A
Buchholz, James R
06/30/2025 Sa 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM James Complex 121

Upper Division Requirements

 

An advanced study of waves and optics, with explicit investigation into mechanical and electromagnetic waves. Topics include (but are not limited to): simple harmonic motion, superposition, dampening, forced oscillations, beats, elasticity, coupling, normal modes, polarization, constructive and destructive interference, single and double slit interference, diffraction gratings, lenses, ray optics, geometric optics, physical optics, beams, and Doppler effect. The course is a very lab intensive class taught in a semi inquiry-based manner. The class and lab are heavily integrated; 3-hours lecture, 3-hours lab. Additional lab fee. Prerequisite: PHY 203 or 224. (4 units; Fall, odd years)

InstructorStart DateDaysTimeLocation
PHY310-A
Grant, Ted William
01/08/2024 MWF 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM James Complex 121

An advanced study of modern physics theories. Topics include (but not limited to): relativity, photons, photoelectric effect, the Bohr-model, Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle, Compton scattering, de Broglie waves, wave particle duality, wave packets, Schroedinger’s equation, nuclear models, decay and reactions, Rutherford scattering. 4-hours lecture. Prerequisite: PHY 203 or 224; PHY 310 recommended. (4 units; Fall, even years)

InstructorStart DateDaysTimeLocation
PHY320-A
Grant, Ted William
09/03/2024 MWF 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM James Complex ONLN

 

Upper Division Electives

Complete 4 additional upper division units in physics.