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2015-2016 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
2015-2016 Undergraduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Physics Minor V1.4

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Dr. Robert Olsson
Office: S-244
Phone: (414) 277-7314
Fax: (414) 277-2878
Email: olsson@msoe.edu

The Minor in Physics is offered to those students who wish to expand their background and understanding of physics.  To qualify, a student must take 28 credits of eligible courses.  This includes a minimum of 16 credits from the list of approved courses, six of which must be from courses not specifically required for a student’s major.  Please note that, starting fall 2015, of the total number of credits required for the Physics Minor, at least THREE credits must be taken above and beyond the total credits required to earn the bachelor’s degree.  At least 50 percent of all credits towards the minor must have been earned in residence at MSOE, including six credits from the list of approved courses.  A minimum GPA of 2.00 is required for courses that are counted towards the minor.

Interested students should contact the coordinator for the minor, for clarification to the extent to which free, technical and math/science electives may be used in fulfilling the requirements for the minor.



Some of the approved courses are offered as part of the regular course offerings, others are only offered if there is sufficient student interest, and many are on a two-year rotating schedule. There is no guarantee of availability of any particular course in any particular quarter. Changes in course offerings that will meet the requirements of the minor will be indicated in the Schedule of Classes and in the Undergraduate Academic Catalog.

Applied Optics and Photonics Emphasis:

Applied Physics Emphasis:

General Physics:


In addition to scheduled electives, the physics faculty offers students with interest in particular areas an opportunity to work one-on-one with a faculty member as part of an “Independent Study,” PH 499 . (Freshmen and sophomores may request a “project” course, PH 199 .) Groups of students may also petition the faculty to offer a course different than the scheduled electives. Interested students may contact any department faculty member.

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