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  • Physics

    The laws of physics are the starting point for most scientific research and engineering applications. Students majoring in physics obtain broad-based knowledge and experience applying these laws as well as hands-on experience building electronic equipment and performing experiments. Many students go on to graduate study in physics, and a considerable number pursue advanced degrees in other science disciplines, all branches of engineering and medical school. Physics majors are employed in industry doing applied work and in academia seeking the answers to fundamental questions.

    Physics major page

    Before Graduating Students Must

    • Pass the UF physics field test, which consists of five parts. One part is given in each of these required courses:
      • PHY 2060 Enriched Physics with Calculus 1 or PHY 3221 Mechanics
      • PHY 3323 Electromagnetism
      • PHY 3513 Thermal Physics 1
      • PHY 4604 Introductory Quantum Mechanics
      • PHY 4802L Laboratory Physics 1
    • Complete requirements for the baccalaureate degree, as determined by faculty.

    Students in the Major will Learn to

    Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

    1. Identify, define and describe the core fields of physics: classical mechanics, electricity and magnetism, thermal physics and quantum mechanics.
    2. Identify, define and explain experimental physics and data analysis.
    3. Formulate, solve problems and draw conclusions from data.
    4. Effectively and clearly communicate ideas in speech and in writing in an accepted style.
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    Curriculum Map

    I = Introduced; R = Reinforced; A = Assessed

    Courses Content Critical Thinking Communication

    SLO 1 SLO 2 SLO 3 SLO 4
    PHY 2048 or PHY 2060 I   I  
    PHY 2048L I I I I
    PHY 2049 or PHY 2061 I   I  
    PHY 2049L I I I I
    PHY 3101 or PHY 3063 I, R   I, R R
    PHY 3221 or PHZ 3113 R, A   R, A R
    PHY 3323 R, A   R, A R
    PHY 3513 R, A   R, A R
    PHY 4604 R, A   R, A R
    PHY 4802L R, A R, A R, A R, A
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    Assessment Types

    • Field test
    • Report
    • Presentation
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