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.
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. See the Physics Minor program overview listed in the SJSU Academic Catalog for official requirements, and contact the undergraduate physics advisor for information on how to apply.
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 for more information on how to apply.
Deciding Whether or Not a Minor is Right for you
Adding a minor in Physics or Astronomy (or in any university discipline for that matter) inherently comes along with a number of pros and cons.
- Taking a few extra courses, in a topic that you enjoy and excel at, can enhance your undergraduate education. It may also be useful on your resume or in your grad school applications.
- Once you get the minor approved and on your graduation planner (My Progress), you have to complete it, otherwise it can delay your graduation. It won't just go away if you do not complete the courses.
- Sometimes the courses you would like to take may interfere time-wise with your major requirements. This can cause some headaches as you must revised your paperwork.
- Many of next semester's physics or astronomy courses are typically not known for certain until it is time to register for the next semester.