Possible Minors in Conjunction with a Degree in Physics

Minor Requirements

Minors available with a BA
Business
Engineering
Education
Medicine and Molecular Biology
Languages
Minors available with a BS
Acoustics
Astronomy and Astrophysics
Optics
Geophysics
Mathematics
Computational Physics
Chemistry
 

Minor Requirements
Students are also free to construct their own minor course of study in the highly flexible physics program. However, a minor is not necessary. Some physics majors prefer instead to use the flexibility the physics curriculum offers within the College of Arts and Sciences to explore the practically limitless diversity of subjects offered in URI’s more than 70 departments.

For those choosing minors, 18 credits in the minor field are needed for a diploma that designates the minor. Examples of courses recommended for various minors are listed below. Other courses, either already in existence or being developed, my be included with approval of the department and minors other than those listed below can be fashioned to suit students’ individual interests. In any minor, up to 12 credits of special problems in physics my be taken. Required courses in other departments my also be used for credit toward a minor when it is appropriate. Laboratory and Research Problems in Physics (3 credits) is also sometimes used for credit toward a minor.

Interested students should consult the Department of Physics

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Disciplines in which a minor in conjunction with a B.A. in physics is available:

1. Business  In addition to financial institutions and brokerage firms, a burgeoning number of technically-oriented start-up companies are always in need of individuals with some business skills and training as problem solvers, which a strong background in physics provides.

Accounting (3)
Marketing Principals (3)
Foundations of Computer Tech. In Business (3)
Introduction to Business (3)
Principles of Economics: Microeconomic (3)
Financial Mgt. (3)

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2. Engineering  The fields of physics and engineering are closely allied. Physicists and engineers often work together in industry. Research and development positions go to both. An engineer’s specialized training in a specific discipline and a physicist’s education in a fundamental science often can, and do, lead to profitable results. A minor in a specific engineering discipline is possible with the advice of that department.

Manufacturing Processes (3)
Environmental Engineering (3)
Dynamics (3)
Microprocessor Laboratory (3)
Physical Metallurgy (3)
Mechanics of Materials (3)
Construction Planning and Specification (3)
Graphics for Mechanical Engineers (3)

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3. Education  It is increasingly apparent as the new millennium approaches that the world is becoming more dependent on technology. Elementary and secondary education, therefore, must place greater emphasis on science teaching and with greater rigor. Because of the intimate connection with technological developments, education in physics must be enhanced.

Intro. to American Education (3)
Supervised Preprofessional Field Experience (1)
Psychology of Learning (3)
Educational Methods (3)
Adolescents & Classroom Mgt. (3)
Methods & Materials in Secondary Education (3)
Clinical Experiences for Secondary Education (1)
Reading in the Content Area (3)

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4. Medicine and Molecular Biology  Health care is becoming more and more dependent on physical science and technology. Laser surgery, MRI imaging, ultrasound, radiation therapy, lithotripsy, and x-ray imaging are just a few of the physics-based methods used in testing, diagnosis, and treatment in modern medicine.

General Botany (4)
Intro. to Microbiology (3)
Intro. to Biochemistry (3)
Genetics (3)
Fundamentals of Molecular Biology (3)
Physical Chemistry for the Life Sciences (3)

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5. Languages  Science, technology, and business are increasingly becoming internationalized. Companies of all kinds are seeking scientists and engineers who understand the language and culture of another part of the world.

6 Credits 100 Level
12 Credits above 100 Level

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Minors in the general area of Physical Sciences include:

Acoustics
Acoustics (3 credits)
Vibrations (3)
Underwater Acoustics (3)
Introduction to Geophysics (3)
 
 
 
Astronomy and Astrophysics
Introductory Astronomy (3)
Optics (3)
Introduction to Astrophysics (3)
 
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Optics
Optics (3 credits)
Lasers, Optical Systems, and Communications (4)
Fiber Optic Sensors (3)
Advanced Engineering Mathematics (6)
 
 
Geophysics
General Oceanography (3 credits)
Physical Oceanography (3)
Geological Oceanography (3)
Introduction to Geophysics (3)
Advanced Interpretation in Applied Geophysics (3)
 
 
Mathematics
Matrix Analysis (3)
Partial Differential Equations (3)
Ordinary Deferential Equations (3)
Advanced calculus (6)
Methods of Applied Mathematics(3)
Functions of a Complex Variable (3)
Methods of Applied Mathematics (3)

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Computational Physics
Introduction to Linear Algebra (3 credits)
Introduction to Numerical Analysis (6)
Computational Physics (3)
Methods of Applied Mathematics (3)
 
Chemistry
General Chemistry I (3) Lab (1)
General Chemistry II (3) Lab (1)
Quantitative Analysis (4)
Organic Chemistry I (3) Lab (1)
Organic Chemistry II Lab (1)
Physical Chemistry I (3)

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