Physics Minor

Department of Physics and Astronomy

Phillips Hall, CB# 3255

(919) 962-2078

Logan Phillips, Student Services Coordinator, Physics and Astronomy

Dr. Frank Tsui, Director of Undergraduate Studies

Dr. Christian Iliadis, Physics Advisor (students with last names beginning with A–D)

Dr. Fabian Heitsch, Physics Advisor (students with last names beginning with E–K)

Dr. Jennifer Weinberg-Wolf, Physics Advisor (students with last names beginning with L–R)

Dr. Yue Wu, Academic Advisor (students with last names beginning with S–Z)

The goal of physics is a unified description of the properties of matter and energy. The study of matter and energy encompasses a range of phenomena, from the subnuclear to the cosmological. Physics seeks to understand the way the universe “works,” from the very small scale (quarks and neutrinos) to the human scale (materials encountered in daily life) to the structure of the cosmos. Different approaches and technologies are used in these different regimes.

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In addition to the program requirements listed below, students must:

  • take at least 9 credits of their minor course requirements at UNC–Chapel Hill
  • earn a minimum of 12 hours of C or better in the minor (some minors require more)

For more information, please consult the degree requirements section of the catalog.

The minor in physics consists of five courses:

PHYS 118Introductory Calculus-based Mechanics and Relativity4
PHYS 119Introductory Calculus-based Electromagnetism and Quanta4
PHYS 281LExperimental Techniques in Physics2
PHYS 331Introduction to Numerical Techniques in Physics4
One additional course chosen from ASTR (numbered above 300) and PHYS (numbered above 200)3
Total Hours17

Astronomy (ASTR) and Physics (PHYS) course descriptions

See program page here for special opportunities.