A minor is offered in physics. Declaration of a minor is open to any student enrolled at CU Boulder, regardless of college or school. For more information, see the Department of Physics Minoring in Physics webpage.
Declaration of a minor is open to any student enrolled at CU Boulder, regardless of college or school, except for students pursing the engineering physics major or the astrophysics/physics track of the astronomy major. The minimum number of credit hours for a student without advanced placement or transfer credit is 25 hours (16 lower-division and 9 upper-division). All of the required physics classes listed below have co-requisite or prerequisite mathematics courses. Students should check to see if they meet these requisites.
All coursework applied to the minor must be completed with a grade of C- or better (no pass/fail work may be applied). The GPA for all coursework taken in the minor department must be equal to 2.00 (C) or higher. Students are allowed to apply no more than 9 credit hours, including 6 upper-division credit hours, of transfer work toward a minor.
Required Courses and Credit Hours
|Required Physics Courses||16|
|General Physics 1|
|General Physics 2|
|Experimental Physics 1|
|General Physics 3|
or PHYS 2170
|Foundations of Modern Physics|
|Experimental Physics 2|
|Classical Mechanics and Mathematical Methods 1|
|Upper-Division Physics Electives||9|
|Select three of the following upper-division courses:|
|Classical Mechanics and Mathematical Methods 2|
|Quantum Mechanics 1|
|Principles of Electricity and Magnetism 1|
|Principles of Electricity and Magnetism 2|
|Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics|
|Total Credit Hours||25|