Physics Minor

A minor in physics is a great option for engineering, science, or math majors who want to become a sharper, more analytical thinkers, and/or to be more competitive and prepared for graduate school.

Why CBU

This minor will give you a much greater understanding of how God made the universe to work.

Career Opportunities

  1. Preparation for graduate school, such as an engineering program, medical school or law school
  2. STEM positions in the private sector
  3. Research or IT at colleges and universities
  4. Civilian government in a STEM position related to defense or energy

Links

  1. https://www.aps.org/programs/education/whystudy.cfm
  2. http://www.iop.org/careers/i-am-at-school-college/index.html
  3. https://www.aip.org/

Lower Division Requirements

Select a two-semester sequence from the following:

PHY201 Physics for Engineers I w/ Lab

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. 6 hours per week of inquiry-based instruction. Additional lab fee. Prerequisite: MAT 145, 245 or a B or better in EGR 182. (4 units; Fall/Spring)

PHY201-B
Chediak, Juan A.
09/05/2017 TTh 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM James Complex 122
PHY201-A
Stewart, Kyle R.
09/05/2017 MWF 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM James Complex 122
PHY201-A
Chediak, Juan A.
01/09/2018 MWF 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM James Complex 122
PHY201-B
Stewart, Kyle R.
01/09/2018 MWF 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM James Complex 122
PHY201-C
Stewart, Kyle R.
01/09/2018 MWF 3:45 PM - 4:45 PM James Complex 122
PHY201-D
Chediak, Juan A.
01/09/2018 TTh 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM James Complex 122

PHY203 Physics for Engineers II w/ Lab

This course covers topics such as fluids, temperature and ideal gas, electric charge and field, Gauss's 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. 6 hours per week of inquiry-based instruction. Additional lab fee. Prerequisite: PHY 201. (4 units; Fall/Spring)

PHY203-B
Chediak, Juan A.
09/05/2017 TTh 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM James Complex 121
PHY203-A
Chediak, Juan A.
09/05/2017 MWF 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM James Complex 121
PHY203-A
Buchholz, James R
01/09/2018 MWF 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM James Complex 121
PHY203-B
Chediak, Juan A.
01/09/2018 TTh 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM James Complex 121

or

PHY214 Physics for Scientist I w/lab

A study of mechanics, heat and thermodynamics, waves, sound, and the mathematical methods of physics. Lecture (3 units) and required laboratory (1 unit). Additional lab fee. Prerequisite: MAT 145 or 245, and a passing score on a mathematics assessment exam. (4 units; Fall)

PHY214-A
Buchholz, James R
09/05/2017 M 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM BUS 125
PHY214-B
Buchholz, James R
09/05/2017 M 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM BUS 125

PHY224 Physics for Scientist II w/lab

A continuation of PHY 214, including a study of electricity, magnetism, electromagnetic waves, optics, and modern physics topics. Lecture (3 units) and required laboratory (1 unit). Additional lab fee. Prerequisite: PHY 214. (4 units; Spring)

PHY224-A
Buchholz, James R
01/09/2018 M 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM TBA
PHY224-B
Buchholz, James R
01/09/2018 T 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM TBA

Upper Division Requirements

PHY310 Waves and Optics with Lab

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: PHY203 or 224. (4 units; Spring)

PHY310-A
Buchholz, James R
01/09/2018 T 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM James Complex 121

PHY320 Modern Physics

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)

Upper Division Electives

Complete 4 additional upper division units in physics.