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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato


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Department Physics & Astronomy
College Science, Engineering & Technology
Program Website
Undergraduate Degree Type(s) BS
Program Description

Physics is a science concerned with understanding the fundamental laws of nature. It explains motion, heat, electricity, magnetism and light in everyday life; it ranges from studies of the origin of the universe to the behavior of atoms and subatomic particles that involves relativity and quantum mechanics. Physics is the foundation of all fields of science and engineering.

The physics curriculum consists of sequences of interrelated courses that must be taken in the appropriate order. Well prepared students should complete the physics major in four years. The physics B.S. program prepares students for advanced study in physics or engineering, or to work in the public or private sectors. The B.S. physics teaching program prepares students to teach physics in high school. Training in physics gives students a strong ability in problem solving that will serve them well in any occupation.

Admission Requirements
  • a minimum of 32 earned semester credit hours
  • a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00 (C)
Application forms for admission to the major are available in the College Advising Center, Trafton C-125.
Other Requirements  
Academic Bulletin A full description of the program including class listings and class descriptions are listed in the Academic Bulletin.
Program Contact Information Department of Physics & Astronomy
141 Trafton Science Center N
Mankato, MN 56001
Phone: 507-389-5743
Fax: 507-389-1095
College Advising Physics majors are assigned to academic advisors to assist in planning their majors. Additional advising support is available at:
College of Science, Engineering & Technology Advising Center
Ken Adams, Student Relations Coordinator
125 Trafton Science Center C.
Mankato, MN 56001

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