About the Physics Department

The UNF Physics Department's goal is to become the best undergraduate physics program in the State of Florida and an undergraduate physics programs of national acclaim.


The department faculty is committed to excellence in undergraduate instruction and has the two-fold objectives of teaching physics, astronomy and earth science to students from all programs of the university while also graduating competent baccalaureate physicists who engage in active and productive funded research on topics of current interest to society at large. Two-thirds of the physics graduates at UNF over the past decade have continued their studies in graduate or professional schools.


Students in the physics program often participate in the research of our faculty. Currently, physics students can participate in research on: 

  • the experimental and theoretical properties of magnetic semiconductors and high -Tc superconductors, 
  • magnetic materials, 
  • optical studies of correlated electron systems, 
  • non-linear optical and electrical transport properties of metallic and semiconducting nanocrystals, 
  • theoretical astrophysics, 
  • experimental and computational nuclear physics, 
  • physics history, and 
  • experimental membrane, interface, and sensor physics.


The mission of the Department of Physics is to serve the people of the State of Florida and beyond by providing excellent educational experiences in physics and related physical sciences, advancing knowledge in physics through research, and service to the public and our profession. As a primary constituent of a liberal arts education, we seek to foster an appreciation of the physical world and an understanding of the scientific method of inquiry. We aspire to install in our students the principles, motivations, comprehension, and vision to prepare them for careers in physics and related fields, for physics teaching careers, and for intellectual growth throughout their lives.

Please view our 2010-2011 Strategic Plan