2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
    Dec 15, 2018  
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog

Physics (B.S.)


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College of Sciences
Department of Physics Building,
Physical Sciences, Room: 430
Chair: Dr. Eduardo Mucciolo
http://www.physics.ucf.edu
Email: physics@ucf.edu

Program Director: Dr. Elena Flitsiyan 
Phone: 407-823-1156

Physics majors can select from five distinct specializations to earn their physics degree, as described below in Section 4, Core Requirements, Advanced. 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 tracks. 

Admission Requirements

  • None

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).
  • Departmental Residency Requirement consists of at least 15 semester hours of regularly scheduled 3000-4000 level courses taken from the UCF Department of Physics.
  • 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.
  • AA transfer students are expected to have completed the following courses before enrolling as a Physics major. These classes are prerequisites for advanced science classes and students entering without these classes will be unable to register for most of the advanced courses.

General Education Program (GEP) (38 Credit Hours)


  • Note: Certain courses must be selected in the GEP for this major which brings the GEP hours above 36.

Communication Foundations (9 Credit Hours)


Take all of the following: (6 Credit Hours)


Cultural & Historical Foundations (9 Credit Hours)


Mathematical Foundations (7 Credit Hours)


Social Foundations (6 Credit Hours)


Science Foundations


Physical Science; (4 Credit Hours)


Life Sciences; (3 Credit Hours)


Common Program Prerequisites (CPP) (20 Credit Hours)


Select one of the following sequences of courses:


Core Requirements: Basic Level (36 Credit Hours)


  • Required of all specializations.
  • In addition to those courses specified in the Common Program Prerequisites, students also must complete the following.

Core: Required, satisfies the CPP


Core: Additional requirements (3 Credit Hours)


Laboratory Requirement (6 Credit Hours)


Core Requirements: Advanced Level


  • Select one specialization

General Physics Specialization (18 Credit Hours)


Restricted Electives: (6 Credit Hours)


  • Select from upper division PHY, PHZ, or AST courses Credit Hours: 6
    or
  • Additional restricted electives can be taken as approved by an advisor.

Directed Electives: (9 Credit Hours)


  • Select courses at a 3000 level or higher, approved by the Physics Department. Courses must be chosen in Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry, Computer Science, or Engineering. Credit Hours: 9

Materials Physics Specialization (18 Credit Hours)


Select One (3 Credit Hours)


Select Three (9 Credit Hours)


Directed Electives: (6 Credit Hours)


  • Select courses at a 3000 level or higher, approved by the Physics Department. Courses must be chosen in Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry, Computer Science, or Engineering. Credit Hours: 6

​​or

  • Additional directed electives can be taken as approved by an advisor.

Optics and Lasers Specialization (18 Credit Hours)


Select Two (6 Credit Hours)


  • EEL 4440 - Optical Engineering Credit Hours: 3
  • PHY 4445 - Lasers Credit Hours: 3
  • OSE 5203 - Geometrical Optics Credit Hours: 3
  • OSE 5312 - Light Matter Interaction Credit Hours: 3
  • OSE 5414 - Fundamentals of Optoelectronic Devices Credit Hours: 3
  • or

    Additional courses may be added as approved.

Directed Electives: (9 Credit Hours)


  • Select courses at a 3000 level or higher, approved by the Physics Department. Courses must be chosen in Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry, Computer Science, or Engineering. Credit Hours: 9
    or
    Additional directed electives can be taken as approved by an advisor.

Computational Physics Specialization (18 Credit Hours)


Directed Electives: (6 Credit Hours)


  • Select courses at a 3000 level or higher, approved by the Physics Department. Courses must be chosen in Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry, Computer Science, or Engineering. Credit Hours: 6
    or
    Additional directed electives can be taken as approved by an advisor.

Astronomy Specialization (18 Credit Hours)


Select One (3 Credit Hours)


Directed Electives: (6 Credit Hours)


  • Select courses at a 3000 level or higher, approved by the Physics Department. Courses must be chosen in Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry, Computer Science, or Engineering. Credit Hours: 6
    or
    Additional directed electives can be taken as approved by an advisor.

Restricted Electives


  • None

Capstone Requirements


  • None

Electives


  • Select primarily from upper level courses after meeting with a departmental advisor. Courses may be outside the department.

Foreign Language Requirements


Admissions

  • Two years high school, or one year college language (or equivalent proficiency exam) prior to graduation.

Graduation

  • None

Additional Requirements


  • While declared as a Physics BS major, students must complete the Professional Physics Mentoring Program annually. Exceptions will be granted on an annual basis for students who demonstrate participation on an independent and continuous physics professional mentoring plan with faculty in or affiliated to the department.

Required Minors


  • None

Departmental Exit Requirements


  • 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).
  • Students will be required to take a nationally normed test in Physics during their last year.
  • Students will have an exit interview in their last semester with a representative of the Physics Undergraduate Committee

University Minimum Exit Requirements


  • A 2.0 UCF GPA
  • 60 semester hours earned after CLEP awarded
  • 48 semester hours of upper division credit completed
  • 30 of the last 39 hours of course work must be completed in residency at UCF.
  • A maximum of 45 hours of extension, correspondence, CLEP, Credit by Exam, and Armed Forces credits permitted.
  • Complete the General Education Program, the Gordon Rule, and nine hours of Summer credit.

Total Undergraduate Credit Hours Required: 120


Additional Information


Honors In Major

  • Application and admissions through The Burnett Honors College and department. More information about Honors in the Major can be found at honors.ucf.edu/research.

Related Programs

Certificates

  • None

Related Minors

Advising Notes

  • None

Transfer Notes

  • Lower division courses do not substitute for upper division courses.
  • Courses transferred from private and out-of-state schools must be evaluated for equivalency credit. The student must provide all supporting information.

Acceptable Substitutes for Transfer Courses

  • The following substitutions for common program prerequisites are acceptable if taken prior to transferring to UCF:
    • CHM 2045C : may use CHM 1040 plus CHM 1041 or CHM 2040C plus CHM 2041C

Program Academic Learning Compacts

Equipment Fees

  • Part-Time Student: $12.40 per term
  • Full-Time Student: $24.80 per term

Plan of Study


  • This is one of numerous possible plans of study. See program description for all requirements. Consult a departmental advisor for alternate, new or more appropriate selections.
  • Prior to enrolling in Chemistry, take Chemistry Placement Test ~ https://www.sdes.ucf.edu/placement-tests/
  • Prior to enrolling in Math, take Math Placement Test ~ https://www.sdes.ucf.edu/placement-tests/
  • Although all classes are listed during the academic year, you may be required to complete 9 hours of them during the Summer. Consult with an advisor to determine if you are exempt.

Freshman Year - Fall (14 Credit Hours)


Freshman Year - Spring (15 Credit Hours)


Note: Lab may be taken later if seats are not available

Sophomore Year - Fall (17 Credit Hours)


Sophomore Year - Spring (15 Credit Hours)


Junior Year - Fall (15 Credit Hours)


Junior Year - Spring (15 Credit Hours)


Senior Year - Fall (15 Credit Hours)


  • PHY 4604 - Wave Mechanics I Credit Hours: 3
  • PHY 4912 - Independent Research Credit Hours: 3
  • Restricted Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Restricted Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Free Elective Credit Hours: 3

Senior Year - Spring (14 Credit Hours)


  • PHY 4605 - Wave Mechanics II Credit Hours: 3
  • Restricted Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • GEP Credit Hours: 3
  • Free Elective Credit Hours: 2
  • Free Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Physics Test-Nationally normed

Senior Year - Summer (3 Credit Hours)


  • PSC 3911 - FLC Physical Science Capstone R/I Credit Hours: 3

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