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A physics degree from UWF trains you to become an expert problem solver. You will learn to apply advanced mathematics, computing, data analysis and experimental techniques to arrive at a solution.

Open the door to discovery—and a wealth of career options.

Why Study Physics at UWF?

Our physics students excel at problem-solving, mathematical reasoning, programming, organizing and interpreting data, observation, communication and laboratory skills. All of these qualities are in great demand by employers. 

You will learn in well-equipped facilities, taught by experienced and approachable professors dedicated to giving you one-on-one attention and hands-on experience.

You will have many opportunities to engage in a variety of research activities and to work side by side with faculty members.

What You Will Learn

The goal of physics is to understand how nature behaves, from the smallest subatomic particle to the entire universe, making it the most fundamental natural science. You will study electricity and magnetism, electronics, mechanics, optics, quantum phenomena, concepts of relativity, thermodynamics, waves, computational methods and related laboratory activities.

Our Bachelor of Science in Physics program has two specializations: physics and engineering physics. Both specializations prepare you to enter graduate programs in physics or to find employment in a broad range of settings, including academia, industry or research science.

Our Bachelor of Arts in Physics program is recommended for those pursuing a career in education, law or medicine.

A minor in physics will increase your knowledge of physics past the preparatory level, developing your understanding of key principles and strengthening your analytical abilities.

Physics Specializations

The physics specialization focuses on the study of matter and its motion. It provides you with a firm foundation in mechanics, electricity and magnetism, electronics, thermodynamics, statistical physics, quantum theory, mathematical physics, computational physics, and lab techniques.

Physics Courses

The engineering physics specialization emphasizes the application of basic scientific principles to the design of equipment, including electronic and electromechanical systems for use in measurements, communications and data acquisition.

Engineering Physics Courses

Careers & Outcomes

Physicists enjoy a wide range of employment opportunities and an extremely low national unemployment rate. Physics graduates can work in the private sector, for the government, or pursue an advanced degree. The majority of our students pursue graduate degrees. You can enter graduate school in physics, mathematics, chemistry, engineering or business administration, or enter a professional program such as medicine or law. Below are common job titles for physics graduates, as well as examples of employers of UWF graduates.

Job Titles


  • Research Scientist
  • Engineer
  • Programmer
  • Software Engineer
  • Medical Physicist
  • Analyst
  • Quality Control Engineer
  • Technical Support Staff
  • Teacher
  • Lawyer

 

Employers


  • Pall Corporation
  • Applied Research Associates
  • Discovery Inc.
  • Engility Corp.
  • Air Force Research Lab
  • Signature Research
  • Broadcom Inc.
  • IERUS Technologies Inc.
  • Intel
  • Walter Reed Medical Center

Featured Courses

A sample of featured courses you will take in the Physics program.

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