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Program at a Glance

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The B.S. in Physics is intended to prepare students for the study of physics or a closely related subject in graduate school. Physics majors can select from five distinct specializations to earn their physics degree, as described below in the Core Requirements, Advanced Level. While the various specializations share a common core of courses, they also enable students to prepare specifically for certain career paths. Students should consult their faculty advisors when deciding among these specializations.

Degree Requirements

  • Students who change degree programs and select this major must adopt the most current catalog.
  • Grades below "C" (2.0) in any required physics or mathematics courses are not acceptable; they must be repeated with a higher grade.
  • Students must achieve a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in all courses taken that could meet major requirements.
  • All attempts that could meet requirements are included in the major GPA calculation. All attempts of courses listed for the major taken beyond the minimum required are included in the GPA calculation (e.g., additional restricted electives).
  • The Departmental Residency Requirement consists of at least 15 semester hours of regularly scheduled 3000-4000 level courses taken from the UCF Department of Physics.
  • Prior to enrolling in Chemistry and Math, you must take the Chemistry Placement Test and Math Placement Test ~
  • Physics majors are discouraged from taking courses as a transient student at a Florida College System institution, except in situations where one semester of a two semester sequence has already been taken at the Florida College System institution.
  • All prerequisites of courses taught within the College of Sciences will be enforced.
  • Courses designated in 2 (Common Program Prerequisites) are usually completed in the first 60 hours.
  • Upon reaching junior standing (60 hours), Physics majors are expected to have completed the following courses and associated chemistry laboratories. These classes are prerequisites for advanced science classes and students entering the major without these classes will be unable to register for most of the advanced courses.
    • CHM 2045C - Chemistry Fundamentals I
    • CHM 2046 - Chemistry Fundamentals II
    • CHM 2046L - Chemistry Fundamentals Laboratory
    • MAC 2311C - Calculus with Analytic Geometry I
    • MAC 2312 - Calculus with Analytic Geometry II
    • MAC 2313 - Calculus with Analytic Geometry III
    • PHY2048 and PHY2048L - General Physics Using Calculus I course and lab (or PHY2048C)
    • PHY2049 and PHY2049L - General Physics Using Calculus II course and lab (or PHY2049C)

Undergraduate Application Deadlines

May 1
November 1
March 1
July 1
November 1
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September 1
January 1

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