Degree:Bachelor of Science (B.S.) or Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
Specializations:BS in Engineering Physics
BS in Physics
BA in Physics
BA in Physics Teaching
Department:Building 58, Room 151
(850) 474-2267
College:Hal Marcus College of Science and Engineering
CIP Code:40.0801
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.

Program Requirements

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 Education requirements and common prerequisites. A grade of C- or better is required for major and  major-related courses.