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Physics: Computing Emphasis

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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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  • 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.
  • Physics majors following the Computing Emphasis concentration must complete Major Electives from the School of Computing. See the university catalog or personalized Degree Evaluation for a list of approved course prefixes. Students must take COP3503 Computer Science II as a Major Elective prior to the Major Required course COP3530 Data Structures. Students following this concentration must adhere to the course schedule term offerings in the School of Computing for all required computer classes.
  • 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
ENC1101 (GW) Audience and Purpose  3
Select a General Education Course (See Degree Evaluation) 3
Select a General Education Course (See Degree Evaluation) 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
COP2220 Programming I 3
ENC1143 (GW) Evidence and Style OR IDS1932 First Year IDS Writing Seminar 3
Total Hours: 14

Mile Marker(s)
MAC2311 Calculus I Minimum Grade C

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
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)
COT3100 Computational Structures (Typically offered every semester) 3
Total Hours: 15

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

Term 4: Attempted Hours 46-60

Schedule Credit Hours
MAP2302 (GM) Ordinary Differ Equations 3
CHM2046 General Chemistry II (Program Prerequisite)
CHM2046L Gen Chem II Lab (Program Prerequisite)
(May complete any Term after CHM2045/2045L)
PHY3101 Modern Physics (May complete PHY3101 in Term 4 or Term 5) 3
Select a third Gen Ed Written Communication Course (See Degree Evaluation) 3
Select a General Education Course (See Degree Evaluation) 3
Total Hours: 16

Mile Marker(s)
MAC2313 Calculus III Minimum Grade C
COP2220 Programming I Minimum Grade C
COT3100 Computational Structures 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
Select two Major Electives (See Degree Evaluation) with COT, COP, CDA prefix 6
Select a General Education Course (See Degree Evaluation) 3
Total Hours: 14

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
COP3503 Programming II Minimum Grade C

Term 6: Attempted Hours 76-90

Schedule Credit Hours
PHY3220 Classical Mechanics (Offered Spring term only) 4
PHY3604 Quantum Mechanics (Offered Spring term only) 4
COP3530 Data Structures (Typically offered Fall and Spring terms) 4
Select any level Free Elective, if needed 3
Total Hours: 15

Mile Marker(s)
Civic Literacy Requirement

Term 7: Attempted Hours 91-105

Schedule Credit Hours
PHY4320 Electricity and Magnetism (Offered Fall term only) 4
Select a Major Elective (See Degree Evaluation) with COT, COP, CDA prefix 3 - 4
Select a Major Elective (See Degree Evaluation) with COT, COP, CDA prefix 3 - 4
Select a Major Elective (See Degree Evaluation) with COT, COP, CDA prefix 3 - 4
PHY4910 Physics Research and Seminar 1 1
Total Hours:
14 - 17

Term 8: Attempted Hours 106-120

Schedule Credit Hours
PHY4802L Advanced Physics Laboratory (Offered Spring term only) 2
Select one: COP3404 Introduction to System Software (Typically offered Fall and Spring terms) OR CDA3101 Introduction to Computer Hardware (Typically offered Fall, Spring and Summer terms) 3 - 4
PHY3722C Electronics for Scientists (Offered Spring term only) 4
PHY3424C Optics with Laboratory (Offered Spring term only) 4
PHY4911 Physics Research and Seminar 2 1
Total Hours: 14 - 15

Total Program Hours:



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