Why do we have to study physics 1

Minor subjects


A so-called "minor subject" (module "interdisciplinary studies") must be completed in the course of the bachelor's degree. The minor (not to be confused with the second subject in the 2-subject bachelors, where no additional minor subject is taken) is the planned two to three semesters attendance at some lectures in another subject that must be related to physics (or a later career choice). The examination regulations regulate which lectures are from subject to subject.

You “choose” the subject by registering for one or the other lecture according to the deadlines. Since this does not happen at the beginning of the semester, you have a few weeks to look around and decide on one. (Note: In some subjects, e.g. B. Psychology, the number of places is limited or you have to at least at the beginning for seminar places or similar. Sign in. But that doesn't mean that you have to study the minor to the end.) From this decision is the choice of the topic of the Bachelor thesis or the like. totally independent. The grade of the minor subject is included in the Bachelor grade with 12%.

The following minor subject modules are "prefabricated" in the examination regulations and can be studied directly:

  • Chemistry for physicists
  • Introduction to Computer Science
  • mathematics
  • geophysics
  • Philosophy for physicists
  • Theoretical foundations of psychology
  • Introduction to business administration
  • Introduction to Economics (VWL)
  • Spanish for natural scientists
  • German as a foreign language (not for native speakers!)

However, you can also study any other subject if it has a "meaningful relationship to physics". In this case you have to assemble the appropriate module yourself, i. H. Select the relevant courses to be attended so that you receive a total of 18 CP. Such a minor must be approved by the person responsible for the module in the relevant department and the dean of studies.

During the first week, we provide Info lectures the provisions of the examination regulations for the minor and the most common minor subjects. The special features of the various subjects should be summarized here again. An overview of which lectures must be attended in the various subjects can be found in the examination regulations or in the Info lectures can be removed.

Computer science

Computer science is studied for 2 semesters. You take the same lecture (with exercises) as computer science students. Since the minor only lasts 2 semesters, the schedule in the 1st and 2nd semester may be a bit full. However, the 3rd semester (where the internship begins!) Is also much more relaxed. The registration is problem-free, i. H. you only have to register for an exercise group in the first week of lectures.


The minor subject in mathematics is a special case, as the bachelor's degree usually also includes the lectures “Mathematics for Physicists”. If you choose this minor, you can take corresponding courses in the Mathematics department instead. From the FAQ of the Physics Department:

[Instead of mathematics for physicists 1–3] you can successfully complete the module “Basics of Analysis” (Analysis I and II, the associated exercises and the exam) and continue to successfully complete the lecture “Linear Algebra I” including exercises and the associated exam. These can then be recognized as equivalent for the modules “Mathematical Basics” (Mathematics for Physicists I and II) and “Integration Theory” (Mathematics for Physicists III).

In addition, you have to attend the lecture "Linear Algebra II" including exercises. These must be part of the “Interdisciplinary Studies” module you are studying (module 24 or 25 in the examination regulations).


Geophysics is studied for 3 semesters. In the minor subject geophysics you attend the relevant events together with geophysics students. While the effort here is very low at the beginning, a large part of the minor is concentrated on the (already exhausting) third semester. So you should think twice about whether you can cope with this burden. An alternative would be to “stretch” the minor up to the 5th semester. However, this is not possible if you receive BAföG, as you have to submit a certificate of study achievements from the 4th semester onwards. As with all physics lectures, appearing at the first lecture is equivalent to a registration (which is only necessary for examinations or in QISPOS).


For philosophy you can choose from various seminars. You have to register in advance (before the beginning of the lecture) in the course catalog (HIS LSF) (menu item "register / de-register").


Danger: The Number of places for physicists who can choose this subject as a minor limited to 6 each year. To get a place, you have to contact Ms. Dr. Dirksmeier (Specialist Psychology, Fliednerstr. 21; Tel .: +49 251 83-34135, E-Mail: [email protected]). Shortly before the start of the semester (for the SS in the 1st week of April, for the WS in the 1st week of October), Ms. Dirksmeier the events that are to be attended are named. Further information on psychology as a minor for physicists.

Spanish for natural scientists

Spanish can be particularly interesting if you want to do a double degree in your master’s degree at the Universities of Münster and Seville.

In the following we cite an email dated October 5, 2011 that we received from Ms. Solsona, coordinator for Spanish and Portuguese at the language center.

  • Generally: The SPZ does not have access to the data of the students, so the students have to register with us once (matriculation number, date of birth, etc.). Registration takes place online under the heading "Registration" and then "Registration".
  • Students without prior knowledge: Students without prior knowledge must attend one of the parallel courses "Spanish for Beginners without prior knowledge (double course) (4 SWS)" in the winter semester. But you also have to tell me which course you have registered for, so that I know exactly where you are.
  • Students with previous knowledge: Students with previous knowledge must take the C-Test and, depending on the result, register for one of the following courses: a) "Spanish with previous knowledge 1 + 2 (4 SWS)" (we offer 2 groups; from 30 points in the C-Test) or b) “Español para avanzados 1 + 2 (4 SWS)” (from 45 points in the C-Test).

You can contact Ms. Solsona via this contact form.

Business Administration and Economics

In economics you do not have to register in QISPOS as usual, but in the FlexNow system for lectures / exams. You can get a password for this at the examination office of the Faculty of Business and Economics during office hours.