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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)
    • students pursuing the teaching option may also be interested in the Teaching Apprenticeship Program
  • Science Education - Physics (Grades 6-12)

Course Listings

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.

Physics Exchange Program

The Physics Department is partnering with the University of Technology of Troyes (UTT) in France to establish an exchange program for Physics majors.

Interested students should contact Dr. Greg Wurtz, Chair of the Physics Department, early to set up their program. The student may wish to earn PHY 4940 Physics Internship hours as part of their exchange program.

Under this program the student typically will spend a summer doing research with UTT physicists. The airline and living expenses are borne by the student but there are grant opportunities that may partially support the costs. The student should contact the International Center to pursue such grants and to set up their exchange.

Physics Teaching Option

The Physics Teaching Option is provided to physics majors who plan to teach high school physics. One would major in physics (e.g., traditional physics) and complete a minor in profession education from the College of Education and Human Services.

This option will provide you the necessary credentials to teach. Students choosing this option are also encouraged to apply to our Physics Teaching Apprenticeship Program (next tab) in order to get “on the job” training in the classroom. Students choosing this option are also encouraged to complete a physics teaching internship offered by the College of Education and Human Services. 

For more information about the Physics Teaching Option, please contact Dr. James Garner, chair of the Physics department.

Physics Teaching Apprenticeship Program

What do you do?

Contact a local high school physics teacher (public or private) and write a one page proposal on how you will assist this person in class and/or lab for at least 8 hours per week for 14 weeks. The teacher, school principal, and physics teaching apprenticeship program administrator must sign the proposal.

Your Qualifications

  • Full-time student who is majoring in Physics
  • Preference given to a person who is considering a career in teaching high school physics, e.g. an education minor.
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA in PHY 2048-2049 sequence
  • Background check

For further information and how to apply, contact the program administrator:

Dr. Warren Huelsnitz 
Department of Physics
Science & Engineering [Building 50] Room 2000
University of North Florida
1 UNF Drive
Jacksonville, FL 32224
email: or call: 620-2729.