Physics, Minor

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Minimum Total Credit Hours: 22

Minimum Upper-Division Hours: 9

Program Code: N780

  • The requirements for a minor must be completed concurrently with the major degree requirements.
  • No minor may be added by completing courses after receiving the bachelor’s degree.

At least six (6) credit hours must be earned in courses acceptable for residence credit by standards set forth by the College of Arts and Sciences, excluding transfer, correspondence, and examination (AP, CLEP, Advanced Standing) credit. Courses for the minor may not be taken Pass/ No Pass.

No single course may be used by a student to satisfy a major requirement and a minor requirement. A course may be used, however, to satisfy both a major support requirement and a minor requirement.

Requests to substitute a minor requirement must be approved in writing by the Department of Physics & Astronomy.

Required Courses

Students must successfully complete at least 22 hours of courses acceptable for major credit in Physics, including at least nine (9) hours at the upper-division level.

PHYS 1205Introductory Physics I for Physics Majors 15
PHYS 1215Introductory Physics II for Physics Majors 15
PHYS 2203Introductory Physics III: Modern Physics3
or PHYS 3223 Modern Physics for Engineers
PHYS 3043Physical Mechanics I3
Choose one of the following:3
Physical Mechanics II
Electricity and Magnetism I
Introduction to Quantum Mechanics I
Choose one of the following:3-6
Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations
and Linear Algebra I (both courses, 6 hours) 2
Physical Mathematics I (one course, 3 hours) 2
Total Credit Hours22
  • Minors in the College of Arts & Sciences are available to all undergraduate students at OU. If the minor is officially declared, successfully completed, and noted on the graduation application, the student’s transcript will so indicate at the time the bachelor’s degree is posted.