Degree: | Bachelor of Science (B.S.) |

Specializations: | Engineering Physics Physics |

Minor: | Physics |

Department: | Building 4, Room 223 (850) 474-2267 http://uwf.edu/physics/ |

College: | Arts and Sciences |

Semester Hours Required For Degree: 120 |

The B.S. in Physics focuses on the study of matter and its motion. Ultimately, the goal of physics is to understand how nature behaves from the smallest sub-atomic particle to the entire universe, making it the most fundamental natural science. The various topics covered include electricity and magnetism, electronics, fluids, mechanics, optics, quantum phenomena, concepts of relativity, thermodynamics, waves, and several related laboratory activities.

The Physics Department offers the traditional B.S. program in Physics with specializations in Physics or Engineering Physics. In addition to graduate school, a trained physicist may enter the employment market as a research scientist. Those with an engineering physics background are eligible for entry-level jobs as engineers in organizations such as the Department of Defense, NASA, and the various national labs.

Students interested in obtaining certification to teach this subject area in secondary education need to contact an advisor in this department to carefully plan the course work to satisfy degree and some teacher certification requirements. A degree in this major is required for participation in teacher education certification options.

In addition to the University’s general requirements, students seeking the B.S. in Physics must meet the requirements listed below.

Students should consult with their Physics department advisor for courses which may satisfy both the General Studies requirements and common prerequisites. Students must have a C- or better in all major and major related pre-requisite courses.

In addition to the general studies requirements listed on this page, students must satisfy all additional University requirements, including the Gordon Rule, multicultural, and foreign language requirements. With appropriate planning and coordination with an academic advisor, students may satisfy some of the general University requirements through the General Studies curriculum. For a complete listing of general degree requirements, refer to the "Graduation and General Degree Requirements" section of this catalog.

General Studies Curriculum:

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Mathematics | 6 | |||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||

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Total Semester Hours: | 36-37 |

Physics majors should take the following courses to satisfy the natural science component of General Studies.

CHM 2045+L | General Chemistry I (+Lab) | 4 |

CHM 2046+L | General Chemistry II (+Lab) | 4 |

State mandated common prerequisites must be completed prior to graduation, but are not required for admission to the program. See the Common Prerequisite Manual for course substitutions from Florida colleges and universities.

CHM 2045+L | General Chemistry I (+Lab) ^{*} | 4 |

CHM 2046+L | General Chemistry II (+Lab) ^{*} | 4 |

MAC 2311 | Analytic Geometry and Calculus I ^{*} | 4 |

MAC 2312 | Analytic Geometry and Calculus II ^{*} | 4 |

MAC 2313 | Analytic Geometry and Calculus III | 4 |

PHY 2048+L | University Physics I (+Lab) ^{*} | 4 |

PHY 2049+L | University Physics II (+Lab) ^{*} | 4 |

Total Hours | 28 |

* | Indicates common prerequisites which can be used to satisfy General Studies requirements. |

Students must complete sufficient 1000/2000 level electives to satisfy at least 60 sh in the lower division. Current UWF students may use elective courses at any level (1000-4000) to meet this elective requirement. | 0-9 | |

Total Hours | 0-9 |

It is recommended that students take a computer programming language course, such as COP 2253 Programming Using Java, COP 2334 Programming Using C++, or equivalent.

Physics Core | ||

PHY 3106 | Modern Physics I | 3 |

PHY 3106L | Modern Physics Laboratory | 2 |

PHY 3107 | Modern Physics II | 3 |

PHY 3424 | Optics | 3 |

PHY 4323 | Electricity and Magnetism I | 3 |

PHY 4325 | Electricity and Magnetism II | 3 |

PHY 4513 | Thermodynamics and Kinetic Theory | 3 |

PHY 4604 | Quantum Theory I | 3 |

PHY 4910 | Undergraduate Research | 2 |

PHZ 3108 | Intermediate-Level Physics Problems | 1 |

PHZ 4113 | Mathematical Physics I | 3 |

PHZ 4114 | Mathematical Physics II | 3 |

Engineering Physics Specialization | ||

EGM 2500 | Engineering Mechanics-Statics | 2 |

EGM 3401 | Engineering Mechanics-Dynamics | 3 |

3000/4000 Major or related elective as approved by advisor | 2 | |

Total Hours | 39 |

EEL 3111 | Circuits I | 3 |

EEL 3117L | Electrical Circuits Laboratory | 1 |

EEL 3701 | Digital Logic and Computer Systems | 3 |

EEL 3701L | Digital Logic and Computer Systems Laboratory | 1 |

EEE 3308 | Electronic Circuits I | 3 |

EEE 4308L | Electronics Laboratory | 1 |

MAP 2302 | Differential Equations | 3 |

MAD 4401 | Numerical Analysis | 3 |

Choose one: | ||

COP 2253 | Programming Using Java | 3 |

or COP 2334 | Programming Using C++ | |

Total Hours | 21 |

Physics Core: | ||

PHY 3106 | Modern Physics I | 3 |

PHY 3106L | Modern Physics Laboratory | 2 |

PHY 3107 | Modern Physics II | 3 |

PHY 3220 | Intermediate Mechanics | 4 |

PHY 3424 | Optics | 3 |

PHY 4323 | Electricity and Magnetism I | 3 |

PHY 4325 | Electricity and Magnetism II | 3 |

PHY 4445 | Lasers and Applications | 3 |

PHY 4513 | Thermodynamics and Kinetic Theory | 3 |

PHY 4604 | Quantum Theory I | 3 |

PHY 4605 | Quantum Theory II | 3 |

PHY 4910 | Undergraduate Research | 2 |

PHZ 3108 | Intermediate-Level Physics Problems | 1 |

PHZ 4113 | Mathematical Physics I | 3 |

PHZ 4114 | Mathematical Physics II | 3 |

Physics Specialization: | ||

3000/4000 Physics (PHY, PHZ) elective | 4 | |

Total Hours | 46 |

EEL 3111 | Circuits I | 3 |

EEL 3117L | Electrical Circuits Laboratory | 1 |

MAP 2302 | Differential Equations | 3 |

MAD 4401 | Numerical Analysis | 3 |

3000/4000 level Physics or Mathematics elective as approved by advisor | 4 | |

Total Hours | 14 |