Undergraduate Majors & Minors
Our department currently offers a Bachelor of Science degree in physics with two specialization options and a minor in Physics. These degrees are designed to prepare students for a career in physics or graduate work in many of the sciences, e.g. Physics, Biophysics, Medical Physics, Astronomy, and Materials Science. Many of our graduates have gone on to be successful at many graduate schools and have successful careers as scientists with many of the major technically based companies.
The physics specialization imparts a fundamental understanding of classical mechanics, electrodynamics, thermodynamics, optics, and quantum mechanics to all students. The majority of students in this track are involved in faculty research. Consequently, the primary purpose of this track is to prepare students for graduate school in physics, astronomy, chemistry, engineering, medical physics, education, finance, and law. In additional to graduate school, this track prepares students for a career in secondary education, software engineering, quality control, engineering, and business. While designed for a career in research, graduates of the physics program are strongly suited for a career in medicine, finance, education, or law, with physics majors having the highest aggregate scores on the MCAT and LSAT exams. Previous majors have gone on to be successful at a number of graduate schools. Recent alumni have attended Harvard, MIT, FSU, University of Oregon, and University of Michigan.
Engineering Physics Specialization
Also known as Applied Physics, this specialization track is designed to give students a broad background in physics while at the same time relating this background to applications used in technology-based industries including optical and material sciences. The study of Engineering Physics emphasizes the application of basic scientific principles to the design of equipment, which includes electronic and electro-mechanical systems, for use in measurements, communications, and data acquisition. Engineering Physics students study the same advanced physics topics as physics majors. Most engineering students would only take these courses as graduate students or not at all. This qualifies a graduate of this program for a wide variety of career tracks, from working in a national lab, in the private sector, or to pursue an advanced degree in physics or engineering. Industries that need people with very strong scientific backgrounds recognize the Engineering Physics major and what it stands for. The program is recommended for students interested in newly developing areas of physics, high technology, instrumentation, and communications. At UWF, the majority of the students in this track complete a capstone project or an internship with local industry.
The Physics and Engineering Physics specialization tracks are great preparation for almost any career, because they teach students how to analyze complex problems and they give students a strong quantitative background that can be applied in any technical field. To learn more about the degree and the different career opportunities, see the links below:
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