About Physics ProgramsLearn more about this academic unit’s areas of intellectual expertise, its history, and its undergraduate offerings.

The University of Michigan has one of the country's premier programs for the training of undergraduate and graduate students in physics. The Physics Department has abundant facilities for instruction in physics and offers a wide variety of experimental and theoretical research programs open to undergraduate and graduate students.

Undergraduates concentrating in physics have several degree choices:

  • Physics (B.S.)
  • Interdisciplinary Physics (A.B. or B.S.)
  • Honors Physics Program
  • Physics Minor

A total of 60 credits of mathematics and natural science must be elected to receive the Bachelor of Science degree.

Interested undergraduates may also want to look into work in medical physics (a promising path for pre-med students) in the Applied Physics program, or in the Engineering Physics program.

The analytical and quantitative thinking skills you will develop as you work toward any of these degrees will be of great value in many different careers. Most physics majors at U-M follow one (or more) of three paths after graduation:  

  • graduate work in physics or another field
  • employment in industry, software development, or associated field
  • professional school in medicine, business, law, or associated area.

 

Physics AdvisingStudents with any questions about courses or majors or minor in Physics should speak with Physics department advisors

Students with any questions about courses or majors in Physics should speak with Physics department advisors. 

Students wishing to pursue a minor in Physics must develop a specific plan for its completion in consultation with the department's designated advisor. 

Advising appointments can be scheduled in the Physics Student Services Office, 1440 Randall Lab [(734) 764-5539] or via the online advising calendar www.lsa.umich.edu/physics/academics/undergraduateprogram/advising 

Physics Minor

Effective Date: Fall 2012

The  minor is designed to allow students from a wide range of academic backgrounds to learn more about the physical universe. Students who elect to minor in Physics will gain an understanding of basic physical principles.

Students wishing to pursue an academic minor in Physics must develop a specific plan for its completion in consultation with the Department's designated advisor. Advising appointments can be scheduled in the Physics Student Services Office, 1440 Randall Lab (734.764.5539) or via the online advising calendar.

Students interested in minoring in Physics should have an understanding of mathematics through differential equations.

Prerequisites to the Academic Minor:     None

Academic Minor Program

18 credits of courses as follows:

  1. One of the following introductory sequences and labs:
    • PHYSICS 135/136 and 235/236
    • PHYSICS 140/141 and 240/241
    • PHYSICS 160/161 and 260/261
  2. PHYSICS 340/341
  3. PHYSICS 390

Advanced Placement Credit and the Physics minor

Although course credit for PHYSICS 125/126/127/128 or PHYSICS 140/141/240/241 may be awarded on Advanced Placement (AP) Physics exams B or C, LSA policy does not allow those AP credits to be counted toward the minimum credits required for an academic minor. To qualify for the academic minor, students with AP exam credit must complete additional eligible courses within the Physics department for a total of at least 15 PHYSICS course credits. Eligible courses include PHYSICS 333 and 334 (Tutoring of PHYSICS 140 and 240), and PHYSICS 401. Other 400-level PHYSICS courses may also be used, subject to approval by a concentration advisor.

To get your AP credit, please schedule an appointment with a concentration advisor as soon as possible.

 

Physics Academic Minor (Fall 2010-Summer 2012) +

Effective Date of academic minor: Fall 2010-Summer 2012 

The academic minor is designed to allow students from a wide range of academic backgrounds to learn more about the physical universe. Students who elect to minor in Physics will gain an understanding of basic physical principles.

Students wishing to pursue an academic minor in Physics must develop a specific plan for its completion in consultation with the Department's designated advisor. 

Prerequisites to the Academic Minor: Mathematics through differential equations: MATH 216 or its equivalent. The prerequisites may be met by Advanced Placement credits.

Academic Minor Program: 18 credits of courses as follows:

  1. A two-term introductory sequence: either
    • PHYSICS 140/141 and 240/241, or
    • PHYSICS 125/136 and 126/236, or
    • PHYSICS 135/136 and 235/236; or
    • PHYSICS 160/161 and 260/261;
  2. PHYSICS 340, 341, and 390.

Advanced Placement Credit and the Physics minor

Although course credit for PHYSICS 125/126/127/128 or PHYSICS 140/141/240/241 may be awarded on Advanced Placement (AP) Physics exams B or C, LSA policy does not allow those AP credits to be counted toward the minimum credits required for an academic minor. To qualify for the academic minor, students with AP exam credit must complete additional eligible courses within the Physics department for a total of at least 15 PHYSICS course credits. Eligible courses include PHYSICS 333 and 334 (Tutoring of PHYSICS 140 and 240), and PHYSICS 401. Other 400-level PHYSICS courses may also be used, subject to approval by a concentration advisor.

Physics Academic Minor (February 2, 2001 through Summer 2010) +

Effective Date of academic minor: February 2, 2001 through Summer 2010 

The academic minor is designed to allow students from a wide range of academic backgrounds to learn more about the physical universe. Students who elect to minor in Physics will gain an understanding of basic physical principles.

Students wishing to pursue an academic minor in Physics must develop a specific plan for its completion in consultation with the Department's designated advisor. Appointments are scheduled through the Department's Office of Student Services in 2464 Randall Lab (734 764-5539) or via the online advising calendar.

Prerequisites to the Academic Minor: Mathematics through differential equations: MATH 216 or its equivalent. The prerequisites may be met by Advanced Placement credits.

Academic Minor Program: 18 credits of courses as follows:

  1. A two-term introductory sequence: either
    • PHYSICS 140/141 and 240/241, or
    • PHYSICS 125/127 and 126/128, or
    • PHYSICS 135/141 and 235/241; or
    • PHYSICS 160/161 and 260/261;
  2. PHYSICS 340, 341, and 390.

Advanced Placement Credit and the Physics minor

Although course credit for PHYSICS 125/126/127/128 or PHYSICS 140/141/240/241 may be awarded on Advanced Placement (AP) Physics exams B or C, LSA policy does not allow those AP credits to be counted toward the minimum credits required for an academic minor. To qualify for the academic minor, students with AP exam credit must complete additional eligible courses within the Physics department for a total of at least 15 PHYSICS course credits. Eligible courses include PHYSICS 333 and 334 (Tutoring of PHYSICS 140 and 240), and PHYSICS 401. Other 400-level PHYSICS courses may also be used, subject to approval by a concentration advisor.

Physics Academic Minor (Fall 2000-Feb 2, 2001) +

 

Physics Academic Minor

An academic minor in Physics is not open to students with any concentration in the Department of Physics. Students wishing to pursue an academic minor in Physics must develop a specific plan for its completion in consultation with the department's designated advisor. Appointments are scheduled through the department's Office of Student Services in 2464 Randall Lab.

Prerequisites to the Academic Minor: Mathematics through differential equations: Mathematics 216 or its equivalent. The prerequisites may be met by Advanced Placement credits.

Academic Minor Program: 18 credits of courses as follows:

  1. A two-term introductory sequence: either Physics 140/141 and 240/241, or Physics 125/127 and 126/128
  2. Physics 340, 341, and 390.
  3. One of Physics 401, 405, 406, or 453.


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