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Academic Program Guide

Physics and Materials

ACADEMIC MAP (Effective Summer 2023 and after)

*Please Note: Face-to-face/in-person instruction of this program is available ONLY at the main campus in Tallahassee, FL. This program is NOT available via Online/Distance Learning.*

This map is a term-by-term sample course schedule. The milestones listed to the right of each term are designed to keep you on course to graduate in four years. The Sample Schedule serves as a general guideline to help you build a full schedule each term. The General Education and Elective courses must be selected to satisfy all area and diversity requirements unless your program meets these requirements with major courses. Milestones are courses and special requirements necessary for timely progress to complete a major. Missing milestones will result in one of two types of map registration stops. The first level (Degree Map Off-track) is placed following grade posting if the student has missed a milestone (course and/or GPA) for the first time in the major. If a student is in non-compliance with milestones for two (2) consecutive semesters (excluding summers), a Major Change Required stop is placed on the student's registration.

This schedule assumes that you have credit for MAC1114 Analytic Trigonometry and MAC1140 Pre-Calculus. The required math courses are sufficient to obtain a minor in Mathematics.

Mapping Coordinator: Shellie Camp

Sample Schedule and Required Milestones by Term

Sample Schedule: Term 1 hrs
ENC1101 Freshman Composition3
MAC2311 Calculus with Analytic Geometry I4
CHM1045 General Chemistry I and CHM1045 Lab 4
GE Core Social Science or Foreign Language3-4
Required Milestones: Term 1
Complete ENC1101 (≥ C minus )
Complete MAC2311 ( ≥ C minus )
Sample Schedule: Term 2 hrs
ENC2135 Research, Genre, and Context3
MAC2312 Calculus with Analytic Geometry II 4
PHY2048C General Physics A 5
GE Core Humanities/Cultural Practice or Foreign Language 3-4
PHY1090 Discovering Physics1
Required Milestones: Term 2
Complete ENC2135 ( ≥ C minus )
Complete MAC2312 ( ≥ C minus )
Complete PHY2048C ( ≥ C minus )
Summer hrs
MAC2313 Calculus with Analytic Geometry III5
PHY2049C General Physics B5
Sample Schedule: Term 3 hrs
PHY3101 Intermediate Modern Physics3
PHY3045 Physics Problem Solving3
MAP2302 Ordinary Differential Equations 3
CHM1046 General Chemistry II and CHM1046 Lab 4
GE Course or Foreign Language3-4
Required Milestones: Term 3
Complete PHY2049C ( ≥ C minus )
Complete CHM1045 & CHM1045 Lab ( ≥ C minus in each )
Sample Schedule: Term 4 hrs
PHZ4400 Condensed Matter Physics3
PHY3221 Mechanics I3
PHZ3113 Math Physics3
COP3363 Intro to Programming3
GE Course or Foreign Language3-4
Required Milestones: Term 4
Complete PHY3101 ( ≥ C minus )
Complete PHY3045 ( ≥ C minus )
Complete PHY3221 ( ≥ C minus )
Complete PHZ3113 ( ≥ C minus )
Complete MAC2313 ( ≥ C minus )
Complete MAP2302 ( ≥ C minus )
Complete PHY1090 ( ≥ C minus )
Sample Schedule: Term 5 hrs
PHY3424 Optics3
PHY3802L Intermediate Laboratory2
PHY4604 Quantum Theory of Matter A3
PHY3091 Communication in Physics2
GE Course or Foreign Language3-4
Required Milestones: Term 5
Complete CHM1046 & CHM1046 Lab ( ≥ C minus in each )
Complete PHZ4400 ( ≥ C minus )
Civic Literacy requirement
Sample Schedule: Term 6 hrs
PHY4605 Quantum Theory of Matter B3
PHY4822L Advanced Lab2
PHY4323 Electricity & Magnetism I3
Optional Physics course or Foreign Language or Elective3-4
Required Milestones: Term 6
Complete Scholarship in Practice course
Sample Schedule: Term 7 hrs
PHY4324 Electricity & Magnetism II3
PHZ4471 Materials Synthesis and Application3
Optional Physics Courses3-6
Foreign Language or Elective3-4
Required Milestones: Term 7
Complete a Pre-Graduation Check
Sample Schedule: Term 8 hrs
PHZ4470 Materials Characterization3
PHY4513 Thermal and Statistical Physics3
PHZ4151C Computational Physics Laboratory 3
Optional Physics course or Foreign Language or Elective3-4
Required Milestones: Term 8
Apply for graduation in 1st two weeks

Employment Information
Representative Job Titles Related to this Major Baccalaureate level: Design Engineer, Materials Engineer, Metallurgist, Product/Process Development Scientist, Research Scientist, Technical Sales Engineer, High School Teacher, Patent Examiner, Project Manager, Manufacturing Systems Engineer. With additional education: Biophysicist, Geophysicist, Astrophysicist, Nuclear Physicist, Theoretical Physicist, Experimental Physicist, Solid State Physicist, College Professor, Low Temperature Physicist, Laser Physicist, Consultant, Aero dynamist, Stress Analyst.

Representative Employers: Aerospace, Automotive, Chemical Companies, Colleges and Universities, Electronics Firms, Engineering Firms, Governmental Agencies, Laboratories, Manufacturers, Oil and Gas, Pharmaceuticals, Research/Development Firms, School Boards, Telecommunications.

International Opportunities: International study is available for all students and may include opportunities for internships or taking course work towards various majors and minors. International study may have an impact on the MAP; therefore, it is important to consult with the academic advisor before participating. Interested students can find information about international study, research, internships, and service opportunities at:

This Map is not a contract, either expressed or implied, between the University and the student, but represents a flexible program of the current curriculum which may be altered from time to time to carry out the academic objectives of the University. The University specifically reserves the right to change, delete or add to any Map at any time within the student’s period of study at the University.

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