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College: Arts and Sciences
Degree: Bachelor of Science
Major: Physics
Concentration: Mechanical Engineering
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 following the Mechanical Engineering concentration of the Physics major must complete 6 credit hours of Mechanical Engineering Major Electives. See the university catalog or personalized Degree Evaluation for list of course prefix options. Students should consult the Mechanical Engineering department regarding availability of EGN and EML prefix course work.

  • 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
 
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   PHY1024 Intro Phys for New Majors 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
Select a General Education Course (See Degree Evaluation) 3   PHYSICS REQUIREMENT: PHY2048/2048L and PHY2049/2049L
Select a General Education Course (See Degree Evaluation) 3  
Select a General Education Course (See Degree Evaluation) 3  
Select a Free Elective(If needed to satisfy 120 total hours- 3  
Recommend COP2220 Computer Science I)  
Total Hours: 15
 
Summer 2
Schedule Credit Hours   Mile Markers
  BS Physics Prerequisites
 
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
EGN3311 Statics (Typically offered every semester) 3  
EML3100 Thermodynamics I (Typically offered every semester) 3  
Total Hours: 17
 
Term 6: Attempted Hours 76-90
Schedule Credit Hours   Mile Markers
PHY3722C Electronics for Scientists (Offered Spring term only) 4  
PHY3220 Classical Mechanics (Offered Spring term only) 4  
EGN3331 Strength of Materials (Typically offered Spring term only) 3  
EML3015 Fluids I (Typically offered Spring term only) 3  
Select a Major Elective (See university catalog or 3  
personalized Degree Evaluation for approved list of courses)  
Total Hours: 17
 
Summer 3
Schedule Credit Hours   Mile Markers
 
Term 7: Attempted Hours 91-105
Schedule Credit Hours   Mile Markers
PHY4523 Thermodyn and Statistical Mech (Offered Fall term only) 4  
EGN3203 Modern Computational Methods (Typically offered Fall term only) 3  
EML4140 Heat Transfer (Typically offered Fall term only) 3  
PHY3320 Electricity and Magnetism (Offered Fall term only) 4  
Total Hours: 14
 
Term 8: Attempted Hours 106-120
Schedule Credit Hours   Mile Markers
PHY4802L Advanced Physics Laboratory (Offered Spring term only) 2  
Select a Major Elective (See university catalog or 3 - 4  
personalized Degree Evaluation for approved list of courses)  
Select a 3000/4000 level Free Elective (If needed) 3  
Select a 3000/4000 level Free Elective (If needed) 3  
Select a 3000/4000 level Free Elective (If needed) 3  
Total Hours: 14 - 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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