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Physics Minor

Effective Winter 2019

Exclusions:

A minor in Physics is not open to students with any major in the Department of Physics, or with a major in Engineering Physics.

Advising

Students with any questions about courses or minors in Physics should speak with Physics department advisors.

Students wishing to pursue a minor in Physics must develop a specific plan for its completion in consultation with the department's designated advisor.

Advising appointments can be scheduled in the Physics Student Services Office, 1440 Randall Lab, by phone at (734) 936-0659, or via the online advising calendar.

 

Grade Policies

Students must earn at least a C- in all courses they plan to include in the minor.

Prerequisites

None.

Requirements

Minimum Credits: 18

1. Introductory Course Sequence:

  • One of the following 100-level mechanics lectures: PHYSICS 135, PHYSICS 140, or PHYSICS 160
  • One of the following 100-level mechanics labs: PHYSICS 136, PHYSICS 141, or PHYSICS 161
  • One of the following 200-level E&M lectures: PHYSICS 235, PHYSICS 240, or PHYSICS 260
  • One of the following 200-level E&M labs: PHYSICS 236, PHYSICS 241, or PHYSICS 261

2. PHYSICS 340 or PHYSICS 360

3. PHYSICS 390 and PHYSICS 391

 

Constraints

Test Credit and the Physics Minor

Although PHYSICS course credit may be awarded on Advanced Placement (AP) Physics or International Baccalaureate (IB) exams, LSA policy does not allow test credits to be counted toward the requirements of a minor. Students with Physics test credit must complete additional courses within the Physics department for a total of at least 15 PHYSICS course credits. Additional course selection(s) may include PHYSICS courses at the 300-level or above and are subject to approval by a department advisor.

 

Residency

At least 10 credits must be taken in-residence

Physics (Minor) (Fall 2015 - Fall 2018)

Effective Fall 2015

Exclusions:

A minor in Physics is not open to students with any major in the Department of Physics.

Advising

Students with any questions about courses or minors in Physics should speak with Physics department advisors.

Students wishing to pursue a minor in Physics must develop a specific plan for its completion in consultation with the department's designated advisor.

Advising appointments can be scheduled in the Physics Student Services Office, 1440 Randall Lab [(734) 764-5539] or via the online advising calendar www.lsa.umich.edu/physics/academics/undergraduateprogram/advising .

 

Prerequisites

None.

Requirements

Minimum Credits: 18
  1. One of the following introductory sequences and labs:
    • PHYSICS 135/136 and 235/236
    • PHYSICS 140/141 and 240/241
    • PHYSICS 160/161 and 260/261
  2. PHYSICS 340
  3. PHYSICS 390/391

Constraints

Advanced Placement Credit and the Physics minor

Although course credit for PHYSICS 125/126/127/128 or PHYSICS 140/141/240/241 may be awarded on Advanced Placement (AP) Physics exams B or C, LSA policy does not allow those AP credits to be counted toward the minimum credits required for a minor. To qualify for the minor, students with AP exam credit must complete additional eligible courses within the Physics department for a total of at least 15 PHYSICS course credits. Eligible courses include PHYSICS 333 and 334 (Tutoring of PHYSICS 140 and 240), and PHYSICS 401. Other 400-level PHYSICS courses may also be used, subject to approval by a department advisor.

To get your AP credit, please schedule an appointment with a department advisor as soon as possible.

Physics Minor (Fall 2012-Summer 2015)

Effective Date: Fall 2012-Summer 2015)

The minor is designed to allow students from a wide range of academic backgrounds to learn more about the physical universe. Students who elect to minor in Physics will gain an understanding of basic physical principles.

Students wishing to pursue a minor in Physics must develop a specific plan for its completion in consultation with the Department's designated advisor. Advising appointments can be scheduled in the Physics Student Services Office, 1440 Randall Lab (734.764.5539) or via the online advising calendar.

Students interested in minoring in Physics should have an understanding of mathematics through differential equations.

Prerequisites to the Minor: None

Academic Minor Program

18 credits of courses as follows:

One of the following introductory sequences and labs:
PHYSICS 135/136 and 235/236
PHYSICS 140/141 and 240/241
PHYSICS 160/161 and 260/261
PHYSICS 340/341
PHYSICS 390
Advanced Placement Credit and the Physics minor

Although course credit for PHYSICS 125/126/127/128 or PHYSICS 140/141/240/241 may be awarded on Advanced Placement (AP) Physics exams B or C, LSA policy does not allow those AP credits to be counted toward the minimum credits required for a minor. To qualify for the minor, students with AP exam credit must complete additional eligible courses within the Physics department for a total of at least 15 PHYSICS course credits. Eligible courses include PHYSICS 333 and 334 (Tutoring of PHYSICS 140 and 240), and PHYSICS 401. Other 400-level PHYSICS courses may also be used, subject to approval by a department advisor.

To get your AP credit, please schedule an appointment with a department advisor as soon as possible.