Jun 24, 2024  
2023-2024 Catalog 
2023-2024 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Physics Minor

Department of Physics and Astronomy, College of Science and Engineering

48 credits


Physics is a branch of science that explores the basic principles that govern the physical world, including matter and energy, as well as their properties and interactions. Physics is often called the fundamental science because principles of physics are essential for the understanding of nearly all branches of the natural sciences. An undergraduate minor in Physics provides a solid foundation for understanding and appreciating the role of physical interactions and ideas in all areas of our lives.

Why Consider a Physics Minor?


 Contact Information

Department Chair
Kevin Covey
Communications Facility 385A

Department Manager
Heather Greenlaw
Communications Facility 385

 Sample Careers

Engineer | Research and Development Scientist | Laboratory Technician | Software Developer | Technical Consultant | Educator | Industrial Hygienist | Optical Devices Designer | Science Writer

 Major/Career Resources


How to Declare (Admission and Declaration Process):

Students are advised to declare the physics minor as soon as they decide to complete the course of study. Declaring the minor allows you to receive important information from the department, priority enrollment into required courses, and benefits such as accounts on department computers and access to department study space. Contact the department office by email (physics@wwu.edu) or in person to receive a link to the form to declare the minor. We will determine which of the courses you have already taken will be applied toward the minor and help you develop a plan of study for the remaining coursework. If you are not sure which program option is for you, we can help.

Grade Requirements

A grade of C- or better is required for a student’s major or minor courses, and supporting courses for majors and minors.