Physics - Minor
From the unimaginably small world of atomic particles to the fantastically vast realm of galaxy clusters, the pursuit of physics is to understand and explain how nature works. Physicists observe nature and try to understand the phenomena around them. Take matter into your own hands and pursue your education in physics at Salisbury University.
Why Choose Physics at SU?
At SU, studying in the classroom is not the only experience available. Our physics students become involved in scientific research related to current topics in the scientific community. Students have conducted research on a variety of topics including:
- Extragalactic elemental abundances
- Stellar evolution and supernovae
- Robotics building and design
- Alternative energies such as wind and solar
- Computational surface physics
- Biomedical physics
- Quantum mechanics
- Remote sensing
- High-altitude balloon electronics
At SU, you will find your perfect fit. The Physics Department is relatively small, allowing students more one-on-one time with instructors. We support an environment that encourages student involvement, faculty-student interaction and close student-student collaboration with a central idea that physics courses should include hands-on activities integrated with discussions and lecture. In such integrated courses, the traditional notions of lecture, laboratory, computer simulation and other classroom activities are fully blended.
The physics minor requires the completion of at least 17 credits with grades of C or better. At least 15 credits applied toward the minor must be coursework which is not used to satisfy General Education requirements, and at least nine hours must be credits earned at SU.
Students in the physics minor must complete the following courses:
- PHYS 221 Physics I
- PHYS 223 Physics II
- PHYS 225 Physics III
- PHYS 309 Mathematical Physics
Students must select at least four additional credits of 300/400 level physics courses.
For a more in-depth study, SU also offers a physics major with tracks including microelectronics and engineering.