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2017-2018 Catalog

Physics, B.S.


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Major Code: 7101 Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Science
Delivery Mode(s): Classroom Age Restriction: No
Admission Status: Undergraduate Location(s): Main Campus - Melbourne

Physics is the discipline most directly concerned with understanding the physical world on a fundamental level. As such, it covers an extremely broad range of subjects and areas of specialization that seek to unify and understand this diversity in terms of the smallest possible number of laws and principles. A physicist therefore must receive a broad, general training in science. Mathematics, a primary tool, must be mastered as well as experimental laboratory skills. Most important is the development of a variety of problem solving skills and a critical, incisive approach to physical problems.

The curriculum for the physics major includes core courses in physics, mathematics and related sciences, plus a liberal mixture of applied courses from engineering fields and an enriching selection of humanities as electives. Students considering a career in medicine or other health sciences should consider the premedical physics program detailed below. A degree in physics provides an excellent background for entering the health sciences.

Research is a major activity of the department, which possesses good instrumentation required for research in selected areas of physics. Participation in research programs by undergraduates is strongly encouraged. A maximum of six credit hours of research can be used to fulfill technical and free elective requirements.

Degree Requirements

Candidates for the Bachelor of Science in Physics must complete the course requirements listed in the following sample curriculum. Because the subject matter of general physics forms a critically important foundation for all advanced physics courses, the minimum grade for satisfying the prerequisite requirements for a physics major is a grade of C for each of the following courses:

Freshman Year


Sophomore Year


Spring (16 credit hours)


Junior Year


Senior Year


Fall (17 credit hours)


Spring (15 credit hours)


Total Credits Required: 129


*Students should register for SPS 1020 Introduction to Space Sciences . If a student places into MTH 1002 Calculus 2  or MTH 1020 Mathematical Analysis 2  they are encouraged to take PHY 1001 Physics 1  in the first semester and SPS 1020 Introduction to Space Sciences  (or SPS 1010 Introduction to Astronomy ) later in the program.

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