Minors in Physics

There are two options for students interested in obtaining a minor in physics.

Minor in Physics

To obtain a minor in physics, a student is required to take General Physics A (PHY 2048C), General Physics B (PHY 2049C), and Intermediate Modern Physics (PHY 3101). Grades below C will not be accepted for a minor.

Minor in Biomedical Physics



The Physics Department offers a minor in Biomedical Physics designed for students preparing for graduate studies in the biological sciences, for medical school, or for medical professions such as physical therapy. Students are required to take either General Physics A and B (PHY 2048C and PHY 2049C), or College Physics A and B (PHY 2053C and PHY 2054C), and Biomedical Physics I and II (PHZ 4702 and PHZ 4703). Grades below C will not be accepted for a minor.



In PHZ 4702, students will learn about classical mechanics, hydrodynamics, and thermodynamics in biology and medicine. Topics covered include the skeleton, muscles, and motion; fluid dynamics and blood flow; the lungs and breathing; osmosis and the kidneys; temperature regulation; molecular motors and the muscles.




PHZ 4703 covers the physics of hearing, vision, and nervous system, as well as the physical basis of some common biomedical applications, particularly various types of medical imaging. It will discuss electricity and magnetism in biological systems, classical and quantum applications in medical diagnostics, and the physics of different medical imaging techniques such as optical and electron microscopy, ultrasound, X-ray, CT scan, MRI, and radionuclide imaging.