Programs of Study
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
- 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)
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;
- 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.