2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
    Dec 12, 2019  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog

Physics (B.A.)


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College of Sciences 
Department of Physics
Physical Sciences Building (PSB), Room: 430 
https://sciences.ucf.edu/physics
Email: physics@ucf.edu 


Dr. Elena Flitsiyan 
Phone: 407-823-1156 
 
Physics majors can select from two curricular options: a B.A. or B.S. in Physics. The B.A. gives students the flexibility to combine physics with another focus area in an interdisciplinary program, in particular Physics Education, Nanoscale Science and Technology, Biophysics, Information Technology/Data Science, Technical Writing. 

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). 
  • 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.
  • 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 sixty 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. 

1 With Department permission this course can be substituted by PHY 2053C. 

2 With Departmental permission, this course can be substituted by PHY 2054C. 

General Education Program (GEP) (39 Credit Hours)


  • Note: Certain courses must be selected in the GEP for this major which brings the GEP hours above 36.
  • At least one course completed in each Foundation area must be a designated State General Education Core Course.

Communication Foundations (9 Credit Hours)


Take all of the following: (9 Credit Hours)


Cultural & Historical Foundations (9 Credit Hours)


Mathematical Foundations (7 Credit Hours)


Social Foundations (6 Credit Hours)


Science Foundations (8 Credit Hours)


Common Program Prerequisites (CPP) (20 Credit Hours)


See Acceptable Substitutes for Transfer Courses for possible substitutes for the courses listed below.

Select one of the following sequences of courses:


Core Requirements: Basic Level (24 Credit Hours)


  • In addition to those courses specified in the Common Program Prerequisites, students also must complete the following:

Core: Required, satisfies the CPP


Laboratory Requirements


Core Requirements: Advanced Level


  • Select one specialization 

Education (28 Credit Hours)


  • Students in this specialization must declare and be admitted to the Science Education Minor.

Restricted Electives: (9 Credit Hours)


  • Select 9 credits from upper division PHY, PHZ, or AST courses or approved education courses to fulfill a double major or a minor in Science Education - Physics.
  • The courses will be selected with adviser approval.
  • Additional restricted electives can be taken as approved by an advisor. 

Nanoscale Science and Technology (36 Credit Hours)


Restricted Electives: (9 Credit Hours)


Selected from upper division physics, mathematics, chemistry, computer science or engineering courses.

Directed Electives: (15 Credit Hours)


The elective courses will be selected with advisor approval.

Biophysics (36 Credit Hours)


Restricted Electives: (9 Credit Hours)


Select 9 credits from upper division PHY, PHZ, or AST courses. The elective courses will be selected with advisor approval. 

Directed Electives: (9 Credit Hours)


Select 9 credits from upper division biology or chemistry. The elective courses will be selected with advisor approval. Additional restricted/directed electives can be taken as approved by an advisor. Pre-medical students are advised to select from the following:

Information Technology / Data Science (33 Credit Hours)


Restricted Electives: (9 Credit Hours)


Select 9 credits from upper division PHY, PHZ, or AST courses. The elective courses will be selected with advisor approval. 

Directed Electives: (6 Credit Hours)


Select 6 credits from the following, or other approved upper division computer science, mathematics or engineering. 
The elective courses will be selected with advisor approval. 

Technical Writing (30 Credit Hours)


Restricted Electives: (9 Credit Hours)


Select 9 credits from upper division PHY, PHZ, or AST courses. The elective courses will be selected with advisor approval. 

Directed Electives: (6 Credit Hours)


Select 6 credits from upper division writing or communication courses. The elective courses will be selected with advisor approval. 

Restricted Electives


  • None

Capstone Requirements


  • None

Foreign Language Requirements


Admissions

  • Met by graduation requirement 

Graduation

  • Proficiency equivalent to one year of college instruction in a foreign language taught by the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures or Judaic Studies. Standardized examinations for foreign languages may be used to meet the requirement. 

Electives


  • None

Additional Requirements


  • None

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.
  • 48 semester hours of upper division credit completed.
  • 60 semester hours earned after CLEP awarded
  • 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 Semester 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

  • None 

Certificates

  • None 

Related Minors

  • None 

Advising Notes

  • Contact your college advisor in the College of Sciences Advising Services (COSAS) office (CSB 250) for more information about overall progress toward your degree, GEP and other university requirements, academic probation, special problems as well as general academic advising.

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. 
  • Submit your requests for course evaluations at https://sciences.ucf.edu/cosas/ and click on “COS Course Evaluation”.

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

 

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.
  • Use your Pegasus Path planning tool in your myUCF portal to plan your courses through to graduation.
  • 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)


Freshman Year - Summer (7 Credits)


Sophomore Year - Fall (13 Credit Hours)


Sophomore Year - Spring (12 Credit Hours)


Sophomore Year - Summer (6 Credit Hours)


  • GEP Credit Hours: 3
  • GEP Credit Hours: 3

Junior Year - Fall (12 Credit Hours)


Junior Year - Spring (15 Credit Hours)


  • PHY 3220 - Mechanics I Credit Hours: 3
  • Track Specific Course Credit Hours: 3
  • Restricted Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Directed Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Free Elective Credit Hours: 3

Senior Year - Fall (12 Credit Hours)


Senior Year - Spring (14 Credit Hours)


  • Track Specific Course Credit Hours: 3
  • Track Specific Course Credit Hours: 3
  • Restricted Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Restricted Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Free Elective Credit Hours: 2

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