Physics Minor

Minor in Physics

The Minor in Physics is an ideal complementary minor primarily for students in two general categories

  • Students currently majoring in engineering or the sciences
  • Students who have taken the introductory Math and Physics courses required of engineering and science majors, but have since changed major

While all students are invited to complete the physics minor, students who are not required to complete an introductory sequence of Calculus and Physics as part of their major may find scheduling more difficult.

Information on this page will be available in the 1999-2000 academic year catalogue and includes changes from previous years. For information on any other year, please consult the actual catalogue.

For specific questions about the physics minor, please contact the Undergraduate Physics Office (SGM 407).

Requirement Listing

At least 3 courses (at least 12 units) for the Physics minor must be unique. That is, at least 3 courses must be counted only for the minor and not also as technical electives for the major.

4PHYS 408a (Electricity and Magnetism)4PHYS 438a (Intro to Quantum Mechanics and its Applications)4PHYS 316 (Intro to Statistical Mechanics and Thermodynamics)4


Total Units 40

Required Lower Division CoursesUnits
PHYS 151L Fundamentals of Physics I 4
PHYS 152L Fundamentals of Physics II 4
PHYS 153L Fundamentals of Physics III 4
MATH 125 Calculus I 4
MATH 126 Calculus II 4
MATH 226 Calculus III 4
MATH 245 Mathematics of Physics and Engineering I 4
Required Upper Division CoursesUnits
Choose three (3) PHYS 304 (Classical Mechanics) 4
PHYS 408a (Electricity and Magnetism) 4
PHYS 438a (Intro to Quantum Mechanics and its Applications) 4
PHYS 316 (Intro to Statistical Mechanics and Thermodynamics) 4

Total Units   40


  • Department of Physics and Astronomy
  • University of Southern California
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  • ACB 439
  • Los Angeles, CA 90089-0484