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Programs of Study

NEW Program - Accelerated B.S. Physics -> M.S. Materials Science Pathway

Bachelor of Science - Physics

The UNF Bachelor of Science physics programs focus on preparing graduates for employment in a wide array of technical and non-technical fields or for graduate studies. The department offers the following tracks:

  • Traditional Physics
  • Astrophysics
  • Engineering Physics - Computing Emphasis
  • Engineering Physics - Electrical Engineering
  • Engineering Physics - Mechanical Engineering
  • Physics - Materials Science
  • Pre-Medical Physics
  • Physics Teaching Option (traditional physics major, with a minor in Education)  
  • Science Education - Physics (Grades 6-12)  

Physics Minor

The department also offers a minor in Physics. The minor can be used to complement a wide-range of majors, for the purposes of complementing or rounding out studies in another area.


Core topics of physics include:

  • mechanics (motion, forces, and energy);
  • thermodynamics, sound, and light;
  • electricity and magnetism; and
  • relativity and quantum mechanics.

Modern areas of physics research:

  • 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.


Traditional physics majors are encouraged to consider enhancing their major with a minor in complementary applied fields, such as electrical engineering, computer science, or business. Other students may want to pursue one of the engineering physics tracks. Some students may choose to obtain physics secondary teaching credentials. Graduates may also decide to continue their studies in graduate school or in a professional school.

Master of Science - Materials Science and Engineering

UNF's interdisciplinary Master of Science degree program in Materials Science and Engineering brings together more than twenty faculty from Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Electrical Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering who have research interests in the science and applications of materials. All graduate students in this program conduct significant original research under the guidance of a faculty mentor, culminating in the completion and defense of a master’s thesis. More information can be found on the program website. There is also an accelerated pathway that allows selected students to begin completing some of the graduate coursework as part of their undergraduate degree in physics.