Physics (Minor)

At a Glance: program details

Minor Map

Do you have a desire to better understand the world around you? With a minor in physics, you'll extend your studies in the nature, structure and interactions of matter and radiation while developing the fundamental scientific understanding and problem-solving skills you'll need to succeed in a variety of challenging career opportunities.

Program Description

The physics minor provides students with the fundamental concepts of physics beyond the introductory level. Through rigorous hands-on experience, students deepen their understanding of foundational concepts and develop their quantitative skills.

Through upper-division electives, students can tailor the minor to enhance their career or graduate school outlook.

Program Requirements

The minor in physics requires a minimum of 24 credit hours, at least 12 of which must be completed at the upper-division level. Each course must be completed with a grade of "C" (2.00 on a 4.00 scale) or higher.
Required Courses -- 12 credit hours
Electives -- 12 credit hours
Choose one of the following options for the remaining required coursework. (12-15)
Option 1
Option 2
Prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this minor.

Enrollment Requirements

GPA Requirement: None

Incompatible Majors: BS in applied physics; BS in biophysics; BA and BS in physics; BS in physics (secondary education)

Other Enrollment Requirements: None

Current ASU undergraduate students may pursue a minor and have it recognized on their ASU transcript at graduation. Minor requirements appear on the degree audit once the minor is added. Certain major and minor combinations may be deemed inappropriate by the college or department of either the major or the minor program. Courses taken for the minor may not count toward both the major and the minor.

Career Outlook

Minor programs allow students to develop additional competencies that complement the marketable knowledge and skills they acquire in their majors.

Graduates with a minor in physics have additional analytical and problem-solving skills that are of benefit as they pursue careers in technical fields.

Example Careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions.

Management Analysts

  • Growth: 9.7%
  • Median Salary*: 95290
  Bright Outlook

Statistical Assistants

  • Growth: -1.7%
  • Median Salary*: 48880

Electro-Mechanical and Mechatronics Technologists and Technicians

  • Growth: -2.7%
  • Median Salary*: 60570

Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education

  • Growth: 1%
  • Median Salary*: 62360

Logistics Analysts

  • Growth: 18.3%
  • Median Salary*: 77520
  Bright Outlook

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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ASU offers this program in an online format with multiple enrollment sessions throughout the year. Applicants may view the program description and request more information here.

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