Physics is the study of matter and energy, and their interactions in the areas of mechanics, heat, sound, optics, electricity, magnetism, radiation, and the atomic and sub-atomic world. Physics provides students with concepts and models for describing, understanding, and predicting many characteristics and phenomena of physical and biological systems. As such, it provides the foundation for many other sciences such as chemistry, astronomy, biology, geology, engineering, and medicine.

A minor in Physics is an appropriate choice for students pursuing majors in Environmental Science and Human Biology. It is also a good choice for students who plan to teach at the secondary level because there is a chronic shortage of qualified physics teachers.

Students seeking information on teacher certification should contact the Education Office.


Supporting Courses18
Calculus and Analytic Geometry I
Calculus and Analytic Geometry II
Principles of Physics I
Principles of Physics II
Upper-Level Courses12
Modern Physics
Elective Courses (choose a minimum of 9 credits from the following):
Thermodynamics and Kinetics
Structure of Matter
Thermodynamics and Kinetics Laboratory
Structure of Matter Laboratory
Electromagnetic Fields and Applications
Solar and Alternate Energy Systems
Fluid Power Systems
Motors and Drives
Complex Analysis
Dynamical Systems
Electricity and Magnetism
Nuclear Physics and Radiochemistry
Advanced Physics Laboratory
Total Credits30

Heidi S Fencl; Professor; Ph.D., The Ohio State University

Michael Hencheck; Associate Professor; Ph.D., The Ohio State University, Chair

Brian Welsch; Assistant Professor; Ph.D., Montana State University