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College: Arts and Sciences
Degree: Bachelor of Science
Major: Physics
Concentration: Materials Science
Effective Term: Fall 2020
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 in the right-hand column 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 Physics Materials Science concentration prepares students for industrial positions or future graduate studies in physics or material science. 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.

Career Planning
Engaging in career planning activities is significant to student success. UNF offers customized career centers to deliver targeted programs, events, services and resources. First-Year and Exploratory students should visit the Career Services webpage and Sophomore or higher level students with a declared COAS major should visit the College of Arts and Sciences Career Success Center.

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 for First Time in College (FTIC) students is contingent upon Math Placement exam results, 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. Students without a B or better in high school Physics (or AP credit in Physics), take PHY 1020 Introduction to Physics prior to PHY 2048/2048L Calculus-Based Physics I. Students requiring preparation for MAC 2311 Calculus I take MAC 1147 Precalculus. Students without a B or better in high school Chemistry (or AP credit in Chemistry), take CHM1025/L Introduction to Chemistry lecture and lab prior to CHM 2045/2045L General Chemistry I. MAC 1105 College Algebra or MAC equivalent is an enforced prerequisite for CHM 2045/2045L.

  • Students following the Materials Science concentration must complete Major Electives. See university catalog or personalized Degree Evaluation for a list of Major Elective options. Students taking Engineering courses (EGN, EML prefixes) as Major Electives must adhere to course availability on the School of Engineering schedule.

  • 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) or 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   Mile Markers
PHY1024 Exploring Majoring in Physics (Offered Fall term only) 1  
   
MAC2311 (GM) Calculus I (Program Prerequisite) 4  
   
CHM2045 General Chemistry I (Program Prerequisite) 3  
CHM2045L General Chemistry I Laboratory (Program Prerequisite) 1  
   
ENC1101 (GW) Audience and Purpose OR ENC1143 (GW) Writing with Evidence and Style 3  
   
Select a General Education Course (See Degree Evaluation) 3  
   
Students without a B or better in high school Physics  
take PHY1020 Introduction Physics prior to PHY2048/2048L  
   
Total Hours: 15
 
Term 2: Attempted Hours 16-30
Schedule Credit Hours   Mile Markers
PHY2048 Calculus-Based Physics I (Program Prerequisite) 4   MAC2311 Calculus I Minimum Grade C
PHY2048L Calculus-Based Physics I Lab (Program Prerequisite) 1  
Effective spring 2020 PHY2048/2048L will be a combined  
course PHY2048C  
   
MAC2312 (GM) Calculus II (Program Prerequisite) 4  
   
CHM2046 General Chemistry II (Program Prerequisite) 3  
CHM2046L Gen Chem II Lab (Program Prerequisite) 1  
   
ENC1101 (GW) Audience and Purpose OR ENC1143 (GW) Writing with Evidence and Style 3  
(Select the English course not taken in Term 1)  
   
Total Hours: 16
 
Summer 1
Schedule Credit Hours   Mile Markers
 
Term 3: Attempted Hours 31-45
Schedule Credit Hours   Mile Markers
PHY2049 Calculus-Based Physics II (Program Prerequisite) 4   MAC2312 Calculus II Minimum Grade C
PHY2049L Calculus-Based Physics II Lab (Program Prerequisite) 1   CHM2045/2045L General Chemistry I with Lab Min Grade C+
Effective spring 2020 PHY2049/2049L will be a combined   PHY1024 Exploring Majoring in Physics Minimum Grade C
course PHY2049C  
   
MAC2313 (GM) Calculus III (Program Prerequisite) 4  
   
CHM2210 Organic Chemistry I (Offered every semester) 3  
CHM2210L Organic Chemistry I Laboratory (Offered every semester) 1  
   
Select a third Gen Ed Written Communication Course (See 3  
Degree Evaluation)  
   
Total Hours: 16
 
Term 4: Attempted Hours 46-60
Schedule Credit Hours   Mile Markers
MAP2302 (GM) Ordinary Differ Equations 3   MAC2313 Calculus III Minimum Grade C
    PHYSICS REQUIREMENT: PHY2048/2048L and PHY2049/2049L
CHM2211 Organic Chemistry II (Offered every semester) 3  
CHM2211L Organic Chemistry II Lab (Offered every semester) 1  
   
PHY3101 Modern Physics (May complete PHY3101 in Term 4 or Term 5) 3  
   
Select a General Education Course (See Degree Evaluation) 3  
   
Select a General Education Course (See Degree Evaluation) 3  
   
Total Hours: 16
 
Summer 2
Schedule Credit Hours   Mile Markers
Select a General Education Course (See Degree Evaluation) 3  
   
Total Hours: 3
 
Term 5: Attempted Hours 61-75
Schedule Credit Hours   Mile Markers
EMA3010 Intro to Materials Science (Offered Fall term only) 3   MAP2302 Ordinary Differential Equations Minimum Grade C
    PHY3101 Modern Physics Minimum Grade C
PHY3101L Modern Physics Lab (Offered Fall term only) 1   PHY3101L Modern Physics Lab Minimum Grade C
    PHZ3113C Mathematical Physics Minimum Grade C
PHZ3113C Mathematical Physics (Offered Fall term only) 4  
   
Select a Major Elective (See Degree Evaluation) 3 - 4  
   
Select a Major Elective (See Degree Evaluation) 3 - 4  
   
Total Hours: 14 - 16
 
Term 6: Attempted Hours 76-90
Schedule Credit Hours   Mile Markers
PHY3220 Classical Mechanics (Offered Spring term only) 4   Civic Literacy Requirement
   
PHY3604 Quantum Mechanics (Offered Spring term only) 4  
   
PHZ4404 Solid State Physics (Offered Spring term only) 3  
   
Select a Major Elective (See Degree Evaluation) 3 - 4  
   
Total Hours: 14 - 15
 
Summer 3
Schedule Credit Hours   Mile Markers
 
Term 7: Attempted Hours 91-105
Schedule Credit Hours   Mile Markers
PHY4320 Electricity and Magnetism (Offered Fall term only) 4  
   
PHY4523 Thermodyn and Statistical Mech (Offered Fall term only) 4  
   
Select a Major Elective (See Degree Evaluation) 3 - 4  
   
Select a Major Elective (See Degree Evaluation) 3 - 4  
   
Total Hours: 14 - 16
 
Term 8: Attempted Hours 106-120
Schedule Credit Hours   Mile Markers
PHY3424C Optics with Laboratory (Offered Spring term only) 4  
   
Select a Major Elective (See Degree Evaluation) 3 - 4  
   
Select a Major Elective (See Degree Evaluation) 3 - 4  
   
Select a 3000/4000 level Free Elective (If needed) 3  
   
Total Hours: 13 - 15
Total Program Hours: 120
The Osprey Map is not a contract between the University of North Florida and the student. It should be used as a general guide for the purpose of meeting requirements and constructing course schedules. The Map may be altered periodically to meet the objectives of the academic program or the university.

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