The physics minor will expand your understanding of physics beyond the introductory level and help to deepen your understanding of fundamental principles and further develop your analytical skills. The minor will be an attractive option for students majoring in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM).


Eight credits of coursework must be unique to the minor with a minimum GPA of 2.00. For policies governing all minors, see AP.5.3.4 Minors.

Banner Code: PHYS

Minor Requirements

Total credits: 17

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PHYS 160University Physics I (Mason Core)3
PHYS 161University Physics I Laboratory (Mason Core)1
PHYS 260University Physics II (Mason Core)3
PHYS 261University Physics II Laboratory (Mason Core)1
PHYS 308Modern Physics3
Total Credits11

Additional Coursework

Select two from the following:6
Classical Mechanics
Electromagnetic Theory
Wave Motion and Electromagnetic Radiation
Thermal Physics
Introduction to Quantum Mechanics and Atomic Physics
Total Credits6