This plan is structured for students taking Calculus 1 the first semester. Students can have different schedules when they enter UF because of their backgrounds. In particular, students are encouraged to take Physics with Calculus 1 (PHY 2048 or PHY 2060) as soon as they have completed Calculus 1, even if this means delaying chemistry. For all physics courses, adequate mathematical preparation is essential and is built into the suggested plans. Physics majors should meet with a department advisor before planning their schedules.

Additional sample schedules are available from the department.
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Students are expected to complete the writing requirement while in the process of taking the courses below. Students are also expected to complete the general education international (GE-N) and diversity (GE-D) requirements concurrently with another general education requirement (typically, GE-C, H, or S). MAC 2312, MAC 2313, MAP 2302, and upper-division math electives count towards 3000 level or above electives outside of the major.

To remain on track, students must complete the appropriate critical-tracking courses, which appear in bold. These courses must be completed by the terms as listed above in the Critical Tracking criteria.

This semester plan represents an example progression through the major. Actual courses and course order may be different depending on the student's academic record and scheduling availability of courses. Prerequisites still apply.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester OneCredits
CHM 2045
2045L
General Chemistry 1
and General Chemistry 1 Laboratory (Critical Tracking; State Core Gen Ed Physical Sciences) 1
4
MAC 2311 Analytic Geometry and Calculus 1 (Critical Tracking; State Core Gen Ed Mathematics) 1 4
State Core Gen Ed Composition; Writing Requirement 3
State Core Gen Ed Social and Behavioral Sciences 3
 Credits14
Semester Two
Quest 1 (Gen Ed Humanities) 3
CHM 2046 General Chemistry 2 (Critical Tracking; Gen Ed Physical Sciences) 1 3
MAC 2312 Analytic Geometry and Calculus 2 (Critical Tracking; Gen Ed Mathematics) 1 4
Select one: 3
Physics with Calculus 1 (Critical Tracking) 1  
Enriched Physics with Calculus 1 (Critical Tracking; Gen Ed Physical Sciences) 1  
PHY 2048L Laboratory for Physics with Calculus 1 (Gen Ed Physical Sciences) 1
Elective 1
 Credits15
Semester Three
Quest 2 (Gen Ed Biological Sciences OR Social and Behavioral Sciences) 3
MAC 2313 Analytic Geometry and Calculus 3 (Critical Tracking; Gen Ed Mathematics) 1 4
Select one: 3
Physics with Calculus 2 (Critical Tracking) 1  
Enriched Physics with Calculus 2 (Critical Tracking; Gen Ed Physical Sciences) 1  
PHY 2049L Laboratory for Physics with Calculus 2 (Gen Ed Physical Sciences) 1
Foreign language course 4-5
 Credits15-16
Semester Four
MAP 2302 Elementary Differential Equations (Critical Tracking; Gen Ed Mathematics) 1 3
PHY 3101 Introduction to Modern Physics (Gen Ed Physical Sciences) 1 3
Gen Ed Biological Sciences 3
Foreign language course 3-5
State Core Gen Ed Humanities 3
 Credits15-17
Semester Five
PHY 3221 Mechanics 1 (Critical Tracking; Gen Ed Physical Sciences) 1 3
PHY 3513 Thermal Physics 1 (Critical Tracking; Gen Ed Physical Sciences) 1 3
Gen Ed Biological Sciences OR Social and Behavioral Sciences (area NOT taken in semester 3) 3
Mathematics elective 3
Elective, or foreign language if 4-3-3 option 3
 Credits15
Semester Six
PHY 3323 Electromagnetism 1 (Critical Tracking; Gen Ed Physical Sciences) 1 3
PHY 4222 Mechanics 2 3
ENC 3254 Professional Writing in the Discipline ((Recommended; Gen Ed Composition; Writing Requirement)) 3
Gen Ed Humanities 3
Mathematics elective 3
 Credits15
Semester Seven
PHY 4324 Electromagnetism 2 (Critical Tracking; Gen Ed Physical Sciences) 1 3
PHY 4604 Introductory Quantum Mechanics 1 (Critical Tracking; Gen Ed Physical Sciences) 1 3
PHY 4802L Laboratory Physics 1 (Critical Tracking) 3
Elective (3000 level or higher, outside major) 4
Gen Ed Social and Behavioral Sciences 3
 Credits16
Semester Eight
PHY 4523 Statistical Physics (Critical Tracking) 1 3
PHY 4803L Laboratory Physics 2 (Critical Tracking) 1 3
Electives 6
Physics elective (Critical Tracking; 4000 level) 3
 Credits15
 Total Credits120-123