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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

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Minnesota State University, Mankato offers a B.S. in physics and a B.S. in physics teaching. Students interested in astronomy can take a variety of astronomy courses and earn a minor in astronomy.

Physics is the foundation of all sciences and engineering, and with a physics degree, you will have a wide variety of career choices. Physics majors have many options after graduation. After obtaining their B.S. degree, over half of the physics majors go on to graduate school to continue their eduction in physics, astronomy, engineering, medicine, or law. Some join the work force in industry as engineers or technicians, and some become high school physics teachers. The strength of physics majors is their ability to do critical thinking and problem solving. These are the skills needed in all professions, and are welcomed by all professional schools. Physics graduates are amount the highest paid college graduates in the United States.

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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