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2020-2021 UMass Dartmouth Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 UMass Dartmouth Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Physics Minor

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In the course of their studies, many UMass Dartmouth students acquire a background in basic physics and mathematics which enables them to take upper division physics courses. These students may elect to extend their study of physics into more advanced areas. A major goal of our physics minor is to provide encouragement and formal recognition for these students.

The physics minor has the additional goal of establishing the physics background needed to enter those interdisciplinary fields that have a significant physics content. This would be particularly useful for students majoring in fields such as Chemistry, Mathematics, Engineering, and Computer Science. Students considering a career in fields such as Biophysics or Medical Physics would also benefit from a minor in physics.

Students who wish to declare the minor must obtain approval of the Physics Department chairperson, preferably before enrolling in upper-division courses. Students must meet the university requirements of cumulative grade point averages and total number of credits. In addition, the Physics Department requires that the cumulative grade point average in physics courses submitted for recognition of completion of a minor in physics be 2.0 or above.

A minor must be completed at the time of the degree and will be so noted on the student’s transcript.  A student cannot be readmitted to the University to complete only a minor.


Total credits: 20


A course may count both for a minor and for distribution or general education or university studies requirements, but not also as a major requirement.

Certain other graduate courses may be substituted for the listed upper division courses, with the approval of the Physics Department.

A student wishing to minor in Physics must also acquire a substantial background in calculus (MTH 151, 152, and 211 or equivalent are required).

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