(updated September 1, 2016)
A minor in physics appeals to students who have an interest in physics but intend to pursue a degree in some other field. If this other field is a technical discipline, it is likely that it already requires two or three of the courses needed for a minor in physics. In this case, only two or three additional courses are necessary for completion of the minor, these being selected from the list shown below. Note that certain courses in this list have prerequisites that may preclude a student from taking them, depending on other courses selected by the student.
PHYSICS MINOR PROGRAM (effective fall 2015)*
PHYS 121 (or 115 or 123) and PHYS 122 (or 116 or 124) and PHYS 221 plus two*** of the following courses:
PHYS 301, 310, 313, 315, 316, 320**, 324, 326, 327, 328 (or 336), 331, 332
*A student’s Academic Requirements page in SIS and the University’s General Bulletin, http://bulletin.case.edu/ are the definitive sources for course and degree information.
**PHYS 320 was added to the minor for the entering class of fall 2015. Students who matriculated to CWRU before fall 2015 will need to switch a newer Bulletin year or file an Advisement Correction Form if they wish to take PHYS 320 for a minor in physics.
*** Students sometimes worry about double-counting courses for a physics minor and for other purposes, such as technical electives in a Case School of Engineering degree program. This is generally not a problem. From Dean of Undergraduate Studies, J. Wolcowitz on 11/28/2018: There are no global rules about double-counting courses toward majors and minors. Many programs establish a limit of six credit-hours than can double-count. Neither the CSE nor the Physics Department has such a limit.
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