The minor in physics consists of seven courses (twenty-eight units) of letter-graded physics course work from the following list with at least five courses (twenty units) coming from upper-division course work:

  • Physics 2C-2D or Physics 4D-4E
  • Physics 100–178

Lower-division courses (including transfer course work) can overlap between a major and minor without restriction; however, no more than two upper-division courses (a maximum of eight units) may overlap between a major and a minor. Upper-division courses being applied to the minor must be taken at UC San Diego in the Department of Physics. Students must earn a grade of C– or above in all courses applied to the minor, including transfer course work. The minimum overall GPA requirement for the minor is a 2.0. A petition is required for any waivers/substitutions to the minor requirements (e.g., applying a non–UC San Diego upper-division physics course).

Within the parameters outlined above, students will select the specific courses that will be applied to the minor. Students can declare the physics minor at any point prior to their graduating quarter. Minor proposals must be submitted via the major/minor tool on TritonLink.

Keep the following in mind:

  • Per campus policy, a max of 8.0 upper division units (2 courses) may be shared between a major and a minor. (There is no limit on the number of lower division units that may be shared between a major and minor.)
  • Your minor proposal can only include the 7 courses being applied to the minor, even if you plan to take (or have already taken) additional courses.
  • Although you must list specific upper division courses on your minor proposal, the degree audit will automatically pick-up any eligible upper division physics course you take.
  • We strictly enforce pre-reqs for all courses in the department. You will need to look ahead to ensure your eligibility to enroll in the courses you want to have applied to the minor.
  • The core upper division physics program, which is made up of courses in the Physics 100, 105, 110, 120, 130, and 140 series, is restricted to students majoring in physics. Non-majors who are interested in taking a core UD physics course must earn a grade of B+ or higher in the course pre-reqs and must use EASy to request clearance to enroll1. In rare cases, substitute pre-reqs may be used:
    • ECE 107 (B+ grade or higher) may be used in place of PHYS 100A and/or 100B (eg. for PHYS 130A/B requests, assuming PHYS 2A-B-C, MATH 18, and MATH 20A-B-C-D-E have already been completed)
    • Combo of ECE 35, 45, 65 (B+ grades or higher) may be used in place of PHYS 120 (eg. for PHYS 122, 124 requests)
    • Combo of MAE 105, 107 (B+ grades or higher) may be used in place of PHYS 105A (eg. for PHYS 105B requests, assuming PHYS 2A-B-C-D have already been completed)
    1 Students are permitted to use AP/IB/A-Level credit towards the pre-reqs even though the coursework is posted with "P" grade. If any other pre-req was taken for P/NP grading, the student should obtain an email from the instructor of the course verifying a qualifying grade of B+ or higher was earned and attach that to their EASy request. Effective Fall 2022, the department will exclusively accept the Physics 4 series courses as pre-reqs for all core UD physics courses (the 2 series courses will no longer be accepted). This policy will apply to every student seeking to enroll, not just physics majors, no matter the term/year when they entered UCSD.
  • There is no priority seating/enrollment for students minoring in physics. Refer to the instructions above for requesting clearance to enroll in courses that list a major code restriction in the catalog.