The Department of Physics offers undergraduate programs
leading to both BS and BA degrees. The Bachelor of Arts program offers
a specialization in physics to students desiring a general cultural education.
Flexibility in electives also makes it possible to combine a physics major
with a concentration in other areas such as acoustics, materials science,
oceanography, premedical science, biology, chemistry, computer science,
mathematics, or business.
In addition, there are education and preprofessional tracks. The preprofessional
track is appropiate for students planning carrers in medicine, dentistry,
or veterinary medicine. Students completing the education track will be
certified to teach physics in grades 6 - 12.
The Bachelor of Science curriculum in physics is a professional
program of 4 semesters at junior-senior level for students intending to
proceed with graduate studies in physics, or intending to enter governmental or industrial
service. The program will also be advantageous for students preparing
for graduate study in interdisciplinary or applied sciences based on physics.
Required courses in the BS program are offered each
year. In the senior year, a student may also enroll in specialty courses
at the 5000 level. These are offered alternate years in such areas as
astrophysics, atomic structure, special relativity, laser, nuclear, plasma,
and solid state physics. Recently, we have begun an overhaul of the laboratory
classes to make sure the content is relevant and to take advantage of
technological advances. For example, the PHY3722C "Physical Electronics"
laboratory is taught through a combination of "hands-on" experiments and
computer simulations; in the senior year PHY4822L "Experimental Modern
Physics" laboratory now includes computer visualization and computer modeling
experiments. An overhaul of the PHY2048/PHY2049"General Physics" laboratories
was completed after moving into the PHYSICAL SCIENCES BUILDING in 1998.
The Department also participates in an exchange program
with the Physics Department, University of Warwick, one of the top five
Physics Departments in the United Kingdom. This program offers an FAU
student the opportunity to experience both the culture and academic courses
at a modern British University. Students from both institutions exchange
for one academic year. Interested students can also take advantage of
the opportunity to alternate periods of academic study with periods of
paid work experience. This CO-OPERATIVE EDUCATION PROGRAM is available,
on an optional basis, in accordance with the description and requirements
shown in the Undergraduate Catalog.
Students who are interested in the possibility of graduate
research are actively encouraged to participate with members of the faculty
in research projects through a research apprenticeship. This course, which
gains credit, offers a valuable 'hands-on' research experience.
Scholarship funds available through the Physics department include
a $500 annual award to both an outstanding undergraduate and graduate student.
For further details about undergraduate admissions:
Visit the Undergraduate Admissions page.
Or fill out an online application here.
Further questions can be directed to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please also check our Academic Learning Compact.