College of Engineering, Informatics, and Applied Sciences2021-2022

Department of Applied Physics and Materials Science

Physics, Minor

This minor is a useful adjunct for many majors and not just the obvious scientific careers such as engineering, math, astronomy, etc. With the Physics minor, students demonstrate a grasp of the way things work, of laws that govern the universe and the sub-nuclear. This minor will enhance students’ ability to keep abreast in an ever-changing technological world, so relevant to most careers.


What Can I Do with a Minor in Physics?

If you look for patterns in nature's behavior, then a minor in Physics at Northern Arizona University may supplement your major perfectly. Here, you will become immersed in the science of physics, which uses mathematics to describe why and how things work.

You will be encouraged to think independently and will benefit from close contact with faculty as well as our array of high-tech instruments.

University Requirements

  • A minor is earned in conjunction with a bachelor's degree.

    To receive a minor (18 to 24 units) at Northern Arizona University, you must complete a planned group of courses from one or more subject matter areas with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0. At least 12 units of the minor must be unique to that minor and not applied to any other minor.


In addition to University Requirements:

  • Complete individual plan requirements.

Please note that students may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your advisor for details.

No more than 50% of the units used to satisfy minor requirements may be used to satisfy major requirements.

Minimum Units for Completion 19
Highest Mathematics Required MAT 137


Minor Requirements
  • Take the following 19 units:

  • Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.

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