Why study physics and astronomy?

Our goal is to understand the physical universe.  The questions addressed by our department’s research and education missions range from the applied, such as an improved understanding of the materials that can be used for solar cell energy production, to foundational questions about the nature of mass and space and how the Universe was formed and subsequently evolved, and how astrophysical phenomena affected the Earth and its evolution.  We study the properties of systems ranging in size from smaller than an atom to larger than a galaxy on timescales ranging from billionths of a second to the age of the universe.  Our courses and laboratory/research experiences help students hone their problem solving and analytical skills and thereby become broadly trained critical thinkers. While about half of our majors move on to graduate studies in STEM, many find employment in the private sector in diverse situations ranging from financial analysts to physicians. Graduates of all our degree programs can be found in key positions regionally, nationally, and internationally.   In this way, our department is at the forefront of telling the academic story of the University of Kansas to people around the state and around the world.

Requirements for the Minor in Physics

Physics Minor Course Requirements

Student selecting this minor must complete courses as specified in each of the following areas:

General Physics I. Satisfied by one of the following:4-5
Calculus Supplement to College Physics I
and College Physics I
General Physics I for Engineers
and General Physics I Laboratory
General Physics I
and General Physics I Laboratory
General Physics I Honors
General Physics II. Satisfied by one of the following:4
Calculus Supplement to College Physics II
and College Physics II
General Physics II
and General Physics II Laboratory
General Physics II Honors
General Physics III and Intermediate Physics Laboratory. Satisfied by:
PHSX 313
PHSX 316
General Physics III
and Intermediate Physics Laboratory I
Mechanics I. Satisfied by:
PHSX 521Mechanics I3
or EPHX 521 Mechanics I
Electricity and Magnetism. Satisfied by:
PHSX 531Electricity and Magnetism3
or EPHX 531 Electricity and Magnetism
Physics Required Elective. Satisfied by any 3 credit hour PHSX course numbered 500 or above.3
Total Hours21-22

Minor Hours & Minor GPA

While completing all required courses (above), minors must also meet each of the following hour and grade-point average minimum standards:

Minor Hours
Satisfied by 21 hours of major courses.

Minor Hours in Residence
Satisfied by a minimum of 9 junior/senior (300+) hours of KU resident credit in the major. 

Minor Junior/Senior (300+) Hours
Satisfied by a minimum of 13 hours from junior/senior courses (300+) in the minor.

Minor Graduation GPA
Satisfied by a minimum of a 2.0 KU GPA in the minor. GPA calculations include all courses in the field of study including F’s and repeated courses. See the Semester/Cumulative GPA Calculator.