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

Lower Division Requirements

Select a two-semester sequence from the following:

PHY201 Physics for Engineers I with 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
Grant, Ted William
09/03/2019 TTh 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM James Complex 122
PHY201-A
Grant, Ted William
09/03/2019 TTh 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM James Complex 122
PHY201-C
Stewart, Kyle R.
09/03/2019 MWF 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM James Complex 122
PHY201-A
Stewart, Kyle R.
01/13/2020 MWF 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM James Complex 122
PHY201-B
Chediak, Juan A.
01/13/2020 TTh 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM James Complex 122
PHY201-C
Stewart, Kyle R.
01/13/2020 MWF 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM James Complex 122
PHY201-D
Chediak, Juan A.
01/13/2020 TTh 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM James Complex 122
PHY201-E
Chediak, Juan A.
01/13/2020 TTh 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM James Complex 122
PHY201-F
Grant, Ted William
01/13/2020 MWF 6:15 PM - 7:15 PM James Complex 122
PHY201-G
Grant, Ted William
01/13/2020 TTh 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM James Complex 122

PHY203 Physics for Engineers II wth 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-A
Campbell, Melvin D.
07/01/2019 MTW 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM James Complex 121
PHY203-A
Chediak, Juan A.
09/03/2019 TTh 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM James Complex 121
PHY203-C
Mow, Michael YK
09/03/2019 MWF 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM James Complex 121
PHY203-B
Chediak, Juan A.
09/03/2019 TTh 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM James Complex 121
PHY203-A
Mow, Michael YK
01/13/2020 MWF 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM James Complex 121
PHY203-B
Mow, Michael YK
01/13/2020 MWF 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM James Complex 121
PHY203-C
Buchholz, James R
01/13/2020 T 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM James Complex 121
or

PHY214 Physics I

A study of mechanics, heat and thermodynamics, waves, sound, and the mathematical methods of physics. Should be taken with PHY 214L. (3 units; Fall)

PHY214-A
Buchholz, James R
05/06/2019 Th 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM James Complex 122
PHY214-A
Buchholz, James R
09/03/2019 MWF 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Yeager Center A111
PHY214-B
Buchholz, James R
09/03/2019 MWF 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM BUS 125

PHY214L Physics I Lab

This laboratory course, designed to be taken concurrently with Physics I, emphasizes scientific measuring and reporting techniques. Observational laboratories will reinforce topics in mechanics, including kimematics, Hooke's Law, momentum, and inertia, and waves. Additional Lab Fee. Pre- or Co- Requisite: PHY 214. (1 unit; Fall)

PHY214L-G
Buchholz, James R
09/03/2019 Th 5:30 PM - 8:15 PM James Complex 122
PHY214L-A
Grant, Ted William
09/03/2019 M 3:00 PM - 5:45 PM James Complex 122
PHY214L-B
Grant, Ted William
09/03/2019 M 6:00 PM - 8:45 PM James Complex 122
PHY214L-C
Reynolds, Gwendolyn Camila
09/03/2019 W 3:00 PM - 5:45 PM James Complex 122
PHY214L-D
Reynolds, Gwendolyn Camila
09/03/2019 W 6:00 PM - 8:45 PM James Complex 122
PHY214L-E
Reynolds, Gwendolyn Camila
09/03/2019 Th 2:00 PM - 4:45 PM James Complex 122
PHY214L-F
Reynolds, Gwendolyn Camila
09/03/2019 T 6:00 PM - 8:45 PM James Complex 122

PHY224 Physics II

A continuation of Physics I, including a study of electricity, magnetism, electromagnetic waves, optics, and modern physics topics. Should be taken with PHY 224L. Prerequisite: PHY 214. (3 units; Spring)

PHY224-A
Buchholz, James R
07/01/2019 Th 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM James Complex 121
PHY224-A
Buchholz, James R
01/13/2020 MWF 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM TBA
PHY224-B
Buchholz, James R
01/13/2020 MWF 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM BUS 124

PHY224L Physics II Lab

This laboratory course, designed to be taken concurrently with Physcis II, emphasizes scientific measuring and reporting techniques. Observational laboratories will reinforce topics in waves, optics, electricity, and thermodynamics. Additional Lab Fee. Pre- or Co- Requisite: PHY 224. (1 unit; Spring)

PHY224L-A
Reynolds, Gwendolyn Camila
01/13/2020 M 6:00 PM - 8:45 PM James Complex 121
PHY224L-B
Reynolds, Gwendolyn Camila
01/13/2020 T 6:00 PM - 8:45 PM James Complex 121
PHY224L-C
Reynolds, Gwendolyn Camila
01/13/2020 W 3:00 PM - 5:45 PM James Complex 121
PHY224L-D
Reynolds, Gwendolyn Camila
01/13/2020 W 6:00 PM - 8:45 PM James Complex 121
PHY224L-E
Reynolds, Gwendolyn Camila
01/13/2020 Th 6:00 PM - 8:45 PM James Complex 121

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, even years)

PHY310-A
Buchholz, James R
01/13/2020 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, even years)

Upper Division Electives

Complete 4 additional upper division units in physics.