University Catalog 2023-2024

Physics (Minor)

To see more about what you will learn in this program, visit the Learning Outcomes website!

The Physics Department offers a minor in physics to majors in any field except physics. This minor gives students a broad exposure to the basic disciplines of physics and provides an opportunity for learning how these disciplines are applied in some of the frontier fields of physics research.

To be admitted to the program, a student must have a GPA of at least 2.0. Application for admission to any University minor program is now available via MyPack Portal. Admission will be based upon the student’s academic record, and in most cases no longer requires departmental review. To apply to Add a Minor, go to:

For more information about this program, visit our website.

Department of Physics
NC State University
Campus Box 8202
Raleigh, NC 27695-8202

Rhonda Bennett
Graduate and Undergraduate Program Coordinator
NC State University
204 Riddick Hall
Phone: 919.513.2182

Plan Requirements

  • Completion of 17 hours of coursework in Physics
  • A grade of ‘C’ or better in all courses used for the minor.
Required Courses
PY 205Physics for Engineers and Scientists I3
or PY 201 University Physics I
PY 208Physics for Engineers and Scientists II3
or PY 202 University Physics II
PY 407Introduction to Modern Physics3
or PY 203 University Physics III
Elective Courses
Select two of the following: 16
Stellar and Galactic Astrophysics
Thermal Physics
Relativity, Gravitation and Cosmology
Total Hours15