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College of Sciences
$212.28 per credit hour
$748.89 per credit hour

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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 Credit Hours: 4
    • CHM 2046 - Chemistry Fundamentals II Credit Hours: 3
    • CHM 2046L - Chemistry Fundamentals Laboratory Credit Hours: 1
    • MAC 2311C - Calculus with Analytic Geometry I Credit Hours: 4
    • MAC 2312 - Calculus with Analytic Geometry II Credit Hours: 4
    • MAC 2313 - Calculus with Analytic Geometry III Credit Hours: 4
    • PHY 2048C - General Physics Using Calculus I (or PHY 2048 and PHY 2048L) Credit Hours: 4
    • PHY 2049C - General Physics Using Calculus II (or PHY 2049 and PHY 2049L) Credit Hours: 4

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Career Opportunities

UCF prepares you for life beyond the classroom. Here, you’ll experience a wide range of opportunity, like learning diverse skills from world-renowned faculty to networking with top employers across Central Florida to gaining first-hand experience in internships nearby. Achieve your degree and more as a Knight.
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