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Physics: Astrophysics

The Osprey Map provides a term-by-term sample schedule for each undergraduate academic program at the University of North Florida. It is designed to guide students in the selection of courses each term. The "Mile Marker" courses are those courses that should be completed before or by the end of that term. Following the sample schedule, and completing the mile marker courses at the appropriate point of your undergraduate career, will facilitate graduation in four years. The term-by-term model assumes full-time enrollment. For students enrolled part-time, the sample schedule and mile markers should be followed based on the number of credits completed. The Osprey Map should be used in consultation with an academic advisor.

The core topics of physics include: mechanics (motion, forces, and energy); thermodynamics, sound, and light; electricity and magnetism; relativity and quantum mechanics. The modern areas of physics research are: astrophysics and general relativity; atomic, molecular, and optical physics; biophysics; condensed matter physics (e.g. magnetism, semiconductors, superconductors); nuclear physics; particle physics; and plasma physics. The UNF B.S. physics programs focus on preparing graduates for employment in a wide array of technical and non-technical fields or for graduate studies.

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Students should refer to their personalized Degree Evaluation provided by an academic advisor and to other university resources for additional university and college-specific policies. Visit the undergraduate university catalog for more information.

Summer terms may be utilized to facilitate graduation in four years.

  • Visit the university catalog for a list of General Education requirements. An Associate in Arts (AA) degree from a Florida public university, state college or community college satisfies UNF general education and Gordon Rule requirements. Math selection is contingent upon appropriate placement score, the student’s major and credit received through accelerated mechanisms (Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, Dual Enrollment, etc). All students should consult with the chair of the physics department or one of the physics department faculty and their academic advisor.
  • Visit the Physics Department webpage for a complete list of Physics prerequisites. PHY 1028 Introduction to Physics is a prerequisite for PHY 2048C Calculus Based Physics I. Students requiring preparation for MAC 2311 Calculus I take MAC 1147 Precalculus.
  • Students in the physics major will find courses in mathematics to be valuable free electives. Most Physics majors take at least one math course each term. Suggested math courses include MAS3105 Linear Algebra, MAS4156 Vector Analysis, MAA4402 Complex Analysis, MAD4401 Numerical Analysis and MAP4341 Elementary Partial Differential Equations. Students majoring in Physics frequently choose to add the Minor in Mathematical Science.
  • Students must complete one of the following Physics Electives: PHY3722C Electronics for Scientists, PHZ4404 Solid State Physics, PHZ4160 Adv Topics Physics, PHZ4303 Nuclear Physics, PHY4660 Introduction to Quantum Field Theory or PHY4610 Applications of Quantum Mechanics (effective spring 2020 term). Students are encouraged to take additional physics electives as free electives.
  • Students are encouraged to engage in research with a faculty mentor in physics early in their academic career at UNF. Faculty will explain the opportunities they offer for students to become involved in their respective programs of research. Research opportunities may be available year-round. A Physics Internship Program is available to students. Visit the Physics Department webpage for more information. Internship applications are available under Helpful Links on the department webpage.
  • Civic Literacy Requirement: Prior to graduation from a Florida state university, students must demonstrate competency in civic literacy through successful completion of a civic literacy course (AMH 2020 or POS 2041) and by achieving a passing score on an assessment. Consult an academic advisor, the university catalog and visit the Civic Literacy webpage for additional information.
  • A minimum of 120 hours (48 hours at the upper 3000/4000 level) is required for the bachelor's degree in Physics. Students should consult with an academic advisor, or a Physics department faculty member regarding their Free Elective hours and options. For additional information visit the College of Arts and Sciences Advising Office webpage.

Term 1: Attempted Hours 0-15

Schedule Credit Hours
PHY1024 Exploring Majoring in Physics (Offered Fall term only) 1
MAC2311 (GM) Calculus I (Program Prerequisite) 4
CHM2045 General Chemistry I (Program Prerequisite)
CHM2045L General Chemistry I Laboratory (Program Prerequisite)
(May complete CHM2045/2045L any Term after taking College Algebra or higher-level Mathematics)
ENC1101 (GW) Audience and Purpose  3
PHY1028 Introduction to Physics (Not a Program Prerequisite, but PHY1028 is a prerequisite for PHY2048C Calculus Based Physics I with Lab. Students may contact the Physics Department for alternatives to satisfy this prereq requirement to PHY2048C.) 2
Total Hours:

Term 2: Attempted Hours 16-30

Schedule Credit Hours
PHY2048C Calculus Based Physics I with Lab (Program Prereq) 4
MAC2312 (GM) Calculus II (Program Prerequisite) 4
CHM2046 General Chemistry II (Program Prerequisite)
CHM2046L Gen Chem II Lab (Program Prerequisite)
(May complete any Term after CHM2045/2045L)
ENC1143 (GW) Evidence and Style OR IDS1932 First Year IDS Writing Seminar 3
Total Hours: 15

Mile Marker(s) 
MAC2311 Calculus I Minimum Grade C

Summer 1

Schedule Credit Hours
Select a General Education Course (See Degree Evaluation) 3
Total Hours:

Term 3: Attempted Hours 31-45

Schedule Credit Hours
PHY2049 Calculus-Based Physics II (Program Prerequisite)
PHY2049L Calculus-Based Physics II Lab (Program Prerequisite)
MAC2313 (GM) Calculus III (Program Prerequisite) 4
Select a third Gen Ed Written Communication Course (See Degree Evaluation) 3
Select a General Education Course (See Degree Evaluation) 3
Total Hours: 14

Mile Marker(s)
PHY1024 Exploring Majoring in Physics Minimum Grade C
MAC2312 Calculus II Minimum Grade C

Term 4: Attempted Hours 46-60

Schedule Credit Hours
MAP2302 (GM) Ordinary Differ Equations 3
COP2220 Programming I 3
AST2002 Discovering Astronomy (Contextual Course) Offered fall and spring terms 3
PHY3101 Modern Physics (May complete PHY3101 in Term 4 or Term 5) 3
Select a General Education Course (See Degree Evaluation) 3
Total Hours: 15

Mile Marker(s)
MAC2313 Calculus III Minimum Grade C

Term 5: Attempted Hours 61-75

Schedule Credit Hours
PHY3101L Modern Physics Lab (Offered Fall term only) 1
PHZ3113C Mathematical Physics (Offered Fall term only) 4
PHY3424C Optics with Laboratory (Offered Fall term only) 4
Select a General Education Course (See Degree Evaluation) 3
Select a 3000/4000 level Free Elective (If needed) 3
Total Hours: 15

Mile Marker(s)
MAP2302 (GM) Ordinary Differ Equations Minimum Grade C
PHY3101 Modern Physics Minimum Grade C
PHY3101L Modern Physics Lab Minimum Grade C
PHZ3113C Mathematical Physics Minimum Grade C

Term 6: Attempted Hours 76-90

Schedule Credit Hours
PHY3604 Quantum Mechanics (Offered Spring term only) 4
PHY3220 Classical Mechanics (Offered Spring term only) 4
ESC2000 Discovering Earth Science (Contextual Course) 3
Select a Major Elective (See Degree Evaluation) 3 - 4
Total Hours: 14 - 15

Mile Marker(s)
Civic Literacy Requirement

Term 7: Attempted Hours 91-105

Schedule Credit Hours
AST3217 Astrophysics I (Offered Fall term only) (Grade of B or higher required in PHY2049 prior to AST3217) 4
PHY4320 Electricity and Magnetism (Offered Fall term only) 4
PHY4523 Thermodyn and Statistical Mech (Offered Fall term only) 4
PHY4910 Physics Research and Seminar 1 1
Select a 3000/4000 level Free Elective (If needed) 2
Total Hours: 15

Mile Marker(s)
AST3217 Astrophysics I Minimum Grade C

Term 8: Attempted Hours 106-120

Schedule Credit Hours
PHY4802L Advanced Physics Laboratory (Offered Spring term only) 2
PHY4911 Physics Research and Seminar 2 1
AST3402 Astrophysics II (Offered Spring term only) 4
Select any Level Free Electives, if needed for 120 hours 8
Total Hours: 15

Total Program Hours:



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