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Concord offers a physics minor that can be combined with any major. The minor will help you to broaden your knowledge base with respect to physics, including increasing your problem-solving skills and learning about advances in current research.

Why Get a Physics Minor?
Because physics is fundamental to all sciences. Modern medicine is based upon advances in nuclear and particle physics – Think X-rays, cancer treatments including particle beam lines and radiation therapy, nanoscience drug delivery, and just about every medical device you can find in a hospital from the ordinary to the extreme. Biophysics is a subfield of biology, geophysics is a subfield of geology, and physical chemistry is rooted in quantum mechanics and modern physics. A minor in physics can help advance your career and increase your aptitude as a scientist. 
Concord University Observatory
The Department of Physical Sciences maintains an observatory that is regularly used in our introductory astronomy course, which is a general studies science elective and a requirement for some education programs. The observatory is also used for community outreach. 
Research and Public Science Outreach
You don't have to be a physics major to undertake physics research or participate in science outreach to the public. Chemistry, biology, and mathematics students have worked on research problems in materials science and nanotechnology, and helped to build and develop a muon telescope to detect astrophysical particles with physics faculty. And geology students have worked on problems in geophysics using Concord's ground penetrating radar (GPR). 

Program Requirements and Courses

Concord University Catalog (Chemistry) Concord University Catalog (Environmental Geosciences)

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Planned Upper-Level Physics Course Rotation (prerequisite for all: Phys 102 or 202, and Math 104):

Spring 2021: Phys 301 Optics and Wave Mechanics (3 hrs)

Fall 2021: Phys 325 Computational Physics (3 hrs) 

Spring 2022: Phys 420 Fluid Dynamics or other TBA (3 hrs) 

Fall 2022: Phys 319 Digital Electronics (3 hrs) 

Spring 2023: Phys 301 Optics and Wave Mechanics (3 hrs)

Fall 2023: Phys 325 Computational Physics (3 hrs)

Note: Phys 219 (1 cr) Lab Research Methods is taught every fall and cross-listed with Chem 219; you may enroll in either and apply the credit towards the physics minor. Phys 105 Astronomy is taught every semester. 

For additional information, contact Dr. Hawthorne Allen.