UCF Physics


The Department of Physics offers a multi-track program of study leading to the B.S. degree, giving students the flexibility to choose a suitable set of courses to prepare for their career goals. A common core of courses in theoretical and experimental physics will lead to a broad understanding of the general principles of physics. The different tracks allow students to specialize, applying problem-solving techniques in a certain area of interest; this also enhances their qualifications for employment in that area after graduation.

After graduation our students are prepared to enter advanced study in physics, engineering, medicine, environmental sciences, astronomy, and other related disciplines. They are also prepared to begin careers in positions are varied as engineering physics, computational physics, and physics education. Undergraduate physics majors benefit from small class sizes, and are encouraged to be involved in individually designed senior projects working with a faculty advisor.

Physics majors are discouraged from taking courses as a transient student at a community college, except in situations where one semester of a two semester sequence has already been taken at the community college.

The Department of Physics also offers a Master of Science degree and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Physics and Physics (Planetary Sciences Track).

Bachelor of Science in Physics (B.S.)


  • General Physics
  • Materials Physics
  • Optics and Lasers Specialization
  • Computational Physics
  • Astronomy/Planetary Sciences
  • Minor in Astronomy
  • Minor in Physics

For degree requirements, please go to the undergraduate catalog at:

UCF SDES Catalog

Minor: Nanoscale Science and Technology

Nano Butterfly
Starting in Fall 2015, UCF offers a new 18-hour minor designed primarily for science majors to familiarize themselves with the concepts and principles of nanoscience and nanotechnology. This minor has been built around three NEW core nano-courses (nine credits), designed with the overall goal for the students to acquire a working knowledge of nanoscience principles and industrial applications, and to understand the societal and technology issues that may impede the adoption of nanotechnology. The remaining nine hours of courses may be chosen from a diverse list of electives, including current offerings by different departments in campus (e.g., Optics, Material Science and Engineering, Biology, Philosophy…).

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