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Physics is the study of the physical laws of nature. Physicists apply these laws to draw conclusions about a wide range of phenomena, from the structures of subatomic particles to planetary motion. Students in physics develop strong analytical skills, learning to produce and examine critically exact quantitative evidence for theories about the workings of the universe.


Quick Info

Program Code


Real-World Learning Components

Optional internship(s), Research


2 years

Admission Criteria



Main Campus


McMicken College of Arts and Sciences


400 Geology/Physics
PO Box 210011
Cincinnati,OH  45221-0011
Undergraduate Program Director
Phone: 513-556-0501

Student Success Factors

The successful physics student must possess strong skills in mathematics, analytical thinking and writing, and problem solving. The student should be imaginative and welcome challenges. For greatest success, the student should function well both individually and as part of a group.

Career Possibilities

The study of physics provides excellent training in quantitative and analytic approaches to solving problems, as well as experience with computers and laboratory equipment. Physics graduates are highly sought for professional programs in law, economics, medicine, neuroscience, business and teachings.

The emphasis on modeling and problem-solving skills as an intrinsic part of a physics education means that graduates of this program can and do pursue many different careers. In addition to continuing on to professional schools like law, medicine, teaching and business, opportunities of our recent graduates include:

  • Science teacher
  • Banking and finance
  • Military officer
  • Accelerator operator
  • Research technician
  • Computer engineer
  • Software development
  • Actuary
  • Medical physics

Additional career options are listed on the Center for Exploratory Studies website.


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Curriculum Guide Versions:

Physics Minor Curriculum Guide

Predominant Program

    Fall (Year 1)
    • MATH1061, Calculus I, QR, 4
    • PHYS2005, College Physics I (Calculus-based course for physics majors), QR, NS, 4
    • PHYS2005L, College Physics Lab I (Calculus-based course for physics majors), TI, NS, 1
    Spring (Year 1)
    • MATH1062, Calculus II, QR, 4
    • PHYS2006, College Physics II (Calculus-based course for physics majors), QR, NS, 4
    • PHYS2006L, College Physics Lab II (Calculus-based course for Physics majors), TI, NS, 1
    Summer (Year 1)
    • N/A
    Fall (Year 2)
    • MATH2063, Multivariable Calculus, QR, 4
    • PHYSxxxx, One course from Core requirement group below, 3 - 5
    Spring (Year 2)
    • PHYSxxxx, Additional PHYS courses to reach a total of at least 20 credit hours of PHYS. At least 6 credits from the Core or Physics Electives must come from 3000 level or higher., 5 - 7
    Summer (Year 2)
    • N/A
    • PHYS2076, Semiconductor Physics for Engineers, 3
    • PHYS3001C, Intermediate Physics I, 5
    • PHYS3002C, Intermediate Physics II, 5
    Physics Electives
    • PHYSxxxx, Must be in discipline: PHYS, 10

UC Advantages and Special Opportunities

Students in the UC McMicken College of Arts and Sciences (A&S) enjoy many benefits afforded through study at a research-intensive institution ranked among the nation's top 25 public research universities. UC's urban, Tristate location offers exciting opportunities for global education, research and service learning, while its student-centered focus includes an 11:1 student-faculty ratio, a nationally recognized Center for Exploratory Studies and a highly successful First Year Experience program that teaches critical skills for first-year students and provides connections with important campus resources.

Admission Requirements

Students already pursuing a degree in any college at UC can add the minor to their program. Be sure to submit a declaration of the minor using our online form.


In addition, you must meet with the program director so that the department is aware that you are pursuing the minor and can advise you appropriately. Do this early enough to avoid delay in obtaining your minor.

Graduation Requirements

If you have declared the minor, then it will appear on your application for graduation. Apply for graduation as you normally would for your bachelor’s degree.


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