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Physics

Gain insight into our universe while preparing for a diverse array of career paths.

The goal of physics is to understand how things work. Physics courses expose you to the mathematical beauty of our universe from a subatomic scale to the cosmological. You'll study calculus, mechanics, and thermodynamics, as well as astrophysics, biophysics, and quantum physics. 

Studying physics strengthens quantitative reasoning and problem-solving skills, giving you a powerful and diverse skill set that prepares you for a career in engineering, alternative energy, space exploration, and an array of other exciting and rapidly innovating fields.

Top Reasons to choose Physics at florida southern college

Immersive Learning

Physics classes at Florida Southern pair theoretical discussions with lab experiences where you immediately apply the principles you learn. From practicing basic data-gathering techniques to building small robots, your lab experiences happen under the guidance of expert faculty, allowing you to develop the skills needed to design your own unique projects.

Faculty-Student Collaborations

At FSC, you don't compete with graduate students for faculty attention. Your professors will involve you in research ranging from observational astronomy to (some kind of atomic) research, allowing you to gain experience using specialized equipment to conduct experiments and gather data. Often, students publish their findings in academic journals and present them at national conferences.

Summer Research Experiences

As a physics major, you'll make the most of your summers by working with leading scientists in national laboratories. Through the Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program, Florida Southern students have been able to contribute to research funded by the National Science Foundation at Brookhaven and Oak Ridge National Laboratories.

Employment Outlook

$157,000
Annual Mean Wage (FL)

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Careers in Physics

Observe the quantum world

PHY 4410 Quantum Mechanics 1: This advanced course covers Schrodinger’s formulation of quantum mechanics. Several one-dimensional, one particle systems are reviewed.  A full solution to the nonrelativistic hydrogen atom is provided.  Quantum tunneling is discussed as well as the physics of bosons and fermions.  Math topics include partial differential equations, ordinary differential equations, linear algebra and ladder operators.

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Pursue your Passions

As a physics student, you'll prepare to work at the forefront of science, engineering, and technology in academia, the government, or Wall Street. You might focus on astrophysics, photonics, or particle physics research, or you can pursue applied research in areas such as renewable energy, materials development, or medical physics. Because you'll learn to analyze complex problems and build a solid quantitative background, you'll also be ready to pursue a career as a business analyst, project manager, patent attorney, or medical professional.

Clubs and More

Our student organizations host social, educational, and professional programs. You can get involved with our scientific outreach events, sharing your love of science and physics with local elementary and middle school students and the Florida Southern community. These organizations also give students opportunities for leadership roles and mentoring from faculty advisors.

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Program Details

Available in: 

  • BA
  • BS
  • Minor

First-Years

All freshman applicants to Florida Southern Colleges full-time degree programs must submit the following information:

Transfers

Applying to Florida Southern as a transfer student is easy.

If transferring less than 24 credits, we also need your:

  • Official high school transcript
  • SAT and/or ACT scores

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