UMass Boston

Physics Minor

Boost Your Career Options With Foundational Physics Knowledge.

Are you fascinated by subjects like gravity, energy, and matter? Are you intrigued by the basic principles that shape our universe? If so, consider a minor in Physics. 

The Physics Minor at UMass Boston equips you with fundamental knowledge in a variety of subjects, including mechanics, thermodynamics, electricity, and magnetism.

Through a combination of classroom learning and hands-on lab experience, you'll develop strong analytical and problem-solving skills. Plus, you can tailor your studies to match your interests with a curriculum that includes in-depth physics electives.

A minor in Physics complements many other majors, making it a valuable addition to your resume. It can open the door to careers in engineering, computer science, mathematics, and more.

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How to Apply/Declare

Current Undergraduate Students: Declare or change your minor by completing an Undergraduate Program Add/Change form.

Prospective Undergraduate Students: Apply for admission to UMass Boston by completing an application. Start by reviewing the first-year and transfer application pages for important information about requirements, deadlines, and application status checks. Use the links below to apply: 

Apply as a First-Year Student

Apply as a Transfer Student


Introductory Courses (15 Credits)

  • PHYSIC 113 - Fundamentals of Physics I 4 Credit(s)
  • PHYSIC 114 - Fundamentals of Physics II 4 Credit(s)
  • PHYSIC 181 - Physics Laboratory I 2 Credit(s)
  • PHYSIC 182 - Physics Laboratory II 2 Credit(s)
  • PHYSIC 211 - Introduction to Contemporary Physics 3 Credit(s)

Electives (9 to 12 Credits)

Take three physics courses between Physics 214 and 487. At least two courses must be 300-level or higher.

Completion Requirements

Complete at least 24 credits from eight courses, including five introductory courses and three electives.


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