Physics and Technology
The Minor in Astronomy requires a grounding in algebra and trigonometry and provides introductory physics instruction followed by a selection of courses from a menu of astronomy topics including the sun, solar system, galaxies, black holes, relativity and cosmology. Students who have either a lifelong interest in space or astronomy, or simply a yearning to know more about the universe in which we live, would find the minor program instructive.
The Minor in Introductory Applied Physics requires a grounding in algebra and trigonometry and provides introductory physics instruction followed by a selection of courses from a menu of physics topics including sound, nuclear energy, astronomy or light and color. Each course from the menu has a required laboratory and lecture component. Science students who are required to take introductory physics will find the minor suitable for a more focused study on topics introduced during the required physics sequence. Speech, language and hearing students may especially be interested in the Nature of Sound course.
The Minor in Manufacturing Engineering Technology (MMET) integrates knowledge from areas of study such as science, math, computers, mechanical engineering and electronics. MMET instills proficiency in developing tools, processes, machines and equipment to make quality products at a reasonable cost. The minor also involves working with and coordinating people from several other fields. In addition to providing a background in the fundamentals of manufacturing engineering technology, the program places an emphasis in the application of computer systems to modern manufacturing. This may include topics such as engineering materials, computer-aided design (CAD), programmable logic controllers (PLC), and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM).
The Minor in Physics requires a rigorous introduction in mathematics and introductory calculus based physics followed by Modern Physics and two courses in experimental laboratory work. The minor is most suitable for students who have strong math and analytical reasoning skills and want to acquire a firm grasp of the laws of nature. Chemistry majors that take the calculus based physics sequence need only take one additional course to complete the minor requirements. The skill sets learned in a physics minor are broad and transferable to a wide array of occupations and enhances the student’s problem solving skills and marketability.