A knowledge of physics develops scientifically literate, broadly-educated thinkers.
If you are a chemistry or biology major, or just have an interest in physics or applied mathematics, the physics minor will enrich your study. You’ll receive a rigorous foundation in physics and have the opportunity to learn advanced concepts.
Thinking of graduate school or a career in science, applied mathematics, or engineering? The physics minor will strengthen your academic credentials.
The Trinity physics program, with its option for a physics minor, provides a rigorous foundation in physics for students pursuing a secondary education career in mathematics or science or applying for employment or graduate school in science, applied mathematics, or engineering, as well as medical school, veterinary school, and physical therapy school. Students develop a basic understanding of the laws describing God’s creation and develop critical thinking skills that can be applied to many aspects of life.
The physics department offers a physical science course, two algebra-based general physics courses, two calculus-based general physics courses, a modern physics course, a classical mechanics course, an electricity and magnetism course, and an optics course. Physical chemistry, also a physics minor elective, is offered by the chemistry department. These courses provide fundamental underpinnings of special relativity and atomic properties that are central to chemistry and statistical thermodynamics, use calculus concepts to model real-life applications, provide hands-on experience with laser experiments, and connect basics from quantum theory to real-life applications.