Physics is the study of matter and energy, and their interactions in the areas of mechanics, heat, sound, optics, electricity, magnetism, radiation, and the atomic and sub-atomic world. Physics provides students with concepts and models for describing, understanding, and predicting many characteristics and phenomena of physical and biological systems. As such, it provides the foundation for many other sciences such as chemistry, astronomy, biology, geology, engineering, and medicine.

A minor in Physics is an appropriate choice for students pursuing interdisciplinary majors in Environmental Science and Human Biology. It is also a good choice for students who plan to teach at the secondary level because there is a chronic shortage of qualified physics teachers.

Students seeking information on teacher certification should contact the Education Office.