Minoring in Physics or Astronomy at SJSU

Are you interested in Physics and Astronomy but already committed to another major? Consider adding a minor! Our department offers two different minors that offer an excellent opportunity to broaden your depth of knowledge in physics and astronomy at SJSU.

Program Requirements

Students interested in pursuing the Physics Minor are required to complete 18 units of physics courses taken at San José State University with a “C” (2.0) average or better, normally including Physics 50, Physics 51, Physics 52, and an additional 6 units of coursework (normally two additional classes) of upper division physics approved by the undergraduate physics advisor. PHYS 180 and 184 (up to four units, combined) typically count for this, as do all other 100-level courses except for PHYS 100W, 123, and ASTR 101. See the Physics Minor program overview listed in the SJSU Academic Catalog for official requirements, and contact the undergraduate physics advisor with any questions.

Students interested in pursuing the Astronomy Minor are required to complete 21 units worth of courses with a grade of a "C" (2.0 GPA) or better, normally including Physics 50, Physics 51, Physics 52, ASTR 117A, ASTR 117B, and ASTR 155. See the Astronomy Minor program overview listed in the SJSU Academic Catalog for official requirements, and contact the undergraduate physics advisor with any questions.

Applications for the physics or astronomy minor should be submitted to the College of Science (see the action button at the bottom of this page). Application windows are open during August-September for the fall semester. They are open during January-February for the spring semester. Applications are processed 4-6 weeks after submission. Students must usually have taken and passed PHYS 50 and 51 before their application for the minor will be approved.

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