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College: Arts and Sciences
Degree: Bachelor of Science
Major: Physics
Concentration: Astrophysics
Effective Term: Fall 2013
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 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. Click on the Students tab of the Career Services webpage for major exploration and employment information.

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. General Education Math selection for First Time in College (FTIC) students is contingent upon Math Placement exam results, SAT/ACT math scores, the student’s major and/or credit received through accelerated mechanisms (Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, Dual Enrollment, etc). Physics majors will satisfy General Education Math and Natural Science requirements with Program Prerequisites. 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 high school or AP Physics credit, 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; preparation for CHM 2045/2045L General Chemistry I with lab take CHM 1025 Introduction to Chemistry. MAC 1105 College Algebra or MAC equivalent is an enforced prerequisite for CHM 2045/2045L.

  • Students in the physics major will find courses in mathematics to be valuable free electives. Most Physics majors take at least one math course each term. Suggested math courses include MAS3105 Linear Algebra, MAS4156 Vector Analysis, MAA4402 Complex Analysis, MAD4401 Numerical Analysis and MAP4341 Elementary Partial Differential Equations.

  • Students must complete one of the following Physics Electives: PHY3722C Electronics for Scientists, PHZ3404 Solid State Physics, PHZ4160 Adv Topics Physics, or PHZ4303 Nuclear Physics. Students are encouraged to take additional physics electives as free electives.

  • 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.

  • 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 Intro Phys for New Majors (Offered Fall term only) 1  
MAC2311 (GM) Calculus I (Satisfies General Ed Mathematics and Program Prereq) 4  
CHM2045 General Chemistry I (Satisfies General Ed Natural Science and Program Prereq) 3  
CHM2045L General Chemistry I Laboratory (Program Prerequisite) 1  
ENC1101 (GW) Rhetoric and Writing OR ENC1143 (GW) Rhetoric and Narrative 3  
Select a General Education Course (See Degree Evaluation) 3  
   
Students without high school Physics take PHY1020  
Introduction to 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  
MAC2312 (GM) Calculus II (Satisfies General Education Mathematics and Program Prereq) 4  
CHM2046 General Chemistry II (Satisfies Gen Ed Natural Science and Program Prereq) 3  
CHM2046L Gen Chem II Lab (Program Prerequisite) 1  
ENC1101 (GW) Rhetoric and Writing OR ENC1143 (GW) Rhetoric and Narrative 3  
(Select the English course not taken in Term 1)  
   
Well prepared Physics majors are encouraged to take  
the Honors section of PHY2048  
   
Total Hours: 16
 
Summer 1
Schedule Credit Hours   Mile Markers
Select a General Education Course (See Degree Evaluation) 3  
Total Hours: 3
 
Term 3: Attempted Hours 31-45
Schedule Credit Hours   Mile Markers
PHY2049 Calculus-Based Physics II (Program Prerequisite) 4   PHY1024 Intro Phys for New Majors Minimum Grade C
PHY2049L Calculus-Based Physics II Lab (Program Prerequisite) 1   MAC2312 Calculus II Minimum Grade C
MAC2313 (GM) Calculus III (Program Prerequisite) 4  
Select a third Gen Ed English Course (See Degree Evaluation) 3  
Select a General Education Course (See Degree Evaluation) 3  
Total Hours: 15
 
Term 4: Attempted Hours 46-60
Schedule Credit Hours   Mile Markers
MAP2302 (GM) Ordinary Differ Equations 3   MAC2313 Calculus III Minimum Grade C
COP2220 Computer Science I 3   PHYSICS REQUIREMENT: PHY2048/2048L and PHY2049/2049L
ESC2000 Earth Science 3  
Select a General Education Course (See Degree Evaluation) 3  
Select a General Education Course (See Degree Evaluation) 3  
Total Hours: 15
 
Summer 2
Schedule Credit Hours   Mile Markers
AST2002 Basic Astronomy 3   BS Physics Prerequisites
Total Hours: 3
 
Term 5: Attempted Hours 61-75
Schedule Credit Hours   Mile Markers
PHY3101 Modern Physics (Offered Fall term only) 3   MAP2302 (GM) Ordinary Differ Equations Minimum Grade C
PHY3101L Modern Physics Lab (Offered Fall term only) 1   PHY3101 Modern Physics Minimum Grade C
PHZ3113 Mathematical Physics (Offered Fall term only) 3   PHY3101L Modern Physics Lab Minimum Grade C
PHY3424C Optics with Laboratory (Offered Fall term only) 4   PHZ3113 Mathematical Physics Minimum Grade C
Select a 3000/4000 level Free Elective (If needed) 3  
Total Hours: 14
 
Term 6: Attempted Hours 76-90
Schedule Credit Hours   Mile Markers
PHY4604 Quantum Mechanics (Offered Spring term only) 4  
PHY3220 Classical Mechanics (Offered Spring term only) 4  
AST3217 Astrophysics I OR AST3402 Astrophysics II (Offered Spring term 4  
only)AST3217 and AST3402 may be taken in either order  
Total Hours: 12
 
Summer 3
Schedule Credit Hours   Mile Markers
 
Term 7: Attempted Hours 91-105
Schedule Credit Hours   Mile Markers
PHY3320 Electricity and Magnetism (Offered Fall term only) 4  
PHY4523 Thermodyn and Statistical Mech (Offered Fall term only) 4  
Select one Major Elective (See list of approved 3 - 4  
Physics Elect in university catalog or on Degree Evaluation)  
Select a 3000/4000 level Free Elective (If needed) 3  
Total Hours: 14 - 15
 
Term 8: Attempted Hours 106-120
Schedule Credit Hours   Mile Markers
PHY4802L Advanced Physics Laboratory (Offered Spring term only) 2  
PHY4910 Physics Research and Seminar (Offered Spring term only) 1  
AST3402 Astrophysics II OR AST3217 Astrophysics I (Offered Spring term 4  
only)AST3402 and AST3217 may be taken in either order  
Select any Level Free Elect (If needed for 120 hours) 2  
Select any Level Free Elect (If needed for 120 hours) 3  
Total Hours: 12
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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