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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Academic Policy

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Academic Policies/Information

GPA Policy

A minimum GPA of 2.00("C") in physics courses is required for graduation.

P/N Grading Policy

All physics courses except PHYS 105 and PHYS 480 are open to P/N grading. However, a student majoring or minoring in physics must elect the grade option for all of the required courses except where P/N grading is mandatory.

Graduation Residency Policy

A minimum of 25 percent of the required credits in physics must be taken at MSU, Mankato for both the major and the minor.

Credit by Examination Policy

Testing for credit by examination is available on a case-by-case basis as determined by the Physics and Astronomy Department chairperson.

BS Degree, Double Major and minors

The math requirements for physics majors satisfy the requirement for a math minor. Students majoring in physics often find a second major in mathematics to be an attractive option. If the BS degree in physics is combined with a BS degree in mathematics, then the following math courses are recommended: MATH345, 422, 425, and 447.
Many physics majors find astronomy or computer science to be attractive minors.


Physics majors are required to take 4 credit-hour 300- or 400-level courses in physics, astronomy, electrical engineering, or mathematics. Physics elective courses include Biophysics and Solid State Physics. PHYS 482 counts only toward the BS (teaching) degree.