Majors, Minors and Advising


Physics Majors


Physics majors follow a traditional curriculum through Mechanics, Quantum Mechanics, and Electricity and Magnetism. Courses in Particle and Nuclear Physics, Astrophysics, General and Special Relativity, and Condensed Matter physics are available. Graduates attend graduate school in physics and are welcome in many interdisciplinary science departments, such as oceanography, meteorology, and environmental science, or work in science-related jobs, including software, engineering, teaching, and technical management.

The Academic Guide for Physics Majors

The Academic Map for Physics Majors

Physics advising:

Professor David Van Winkle

Professor Susan Blessing


Physics and Astrophysics Majors


Students in astrophysics need to have a strong foundation in fundamental physics, significant experience in the specifics of their individual research area, and a broad general knowledge of astronomy and astrophysics. The Physics and Astrophysics major is based on the standard physics curriculum, and includes specialized coursework such as Radiation Transport, Extragalactic Astronomy, and Cosmology. We will also encourage you to take additional coursework in physics, math, and computer science.

The Academic Guide for Astrophysics Majors

The Academic Map for Astrophysics Majors

Physics and Astrophysics advising:

Professor Kevin Huffenbeger


Physical Science Majors


The Physical Science major is designed for students looking for a broader science background and those who elect to change their focus after taking many of the regular physics courses. The Physical Science program is designed to provide students with opportunities to explore the natural and technological worlds broadly, from the Earth and space sciences to modern physics to computer science and mathematics. Courses in Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering, Geology, Meteorology, and Mathematics are accepted toward a Physical Science degree.

The Academic Guide for Physical Science Majors

The Academic Map for Physical Science Majors

Physical Science advising:

Professor Andrew Askew


Physical Science/FSU-Teach Majors


Physical Science with FSU-Teach is for students who want to teach physics in high school. Students complete a significant part of the full Physics major and get a second major in teaching. The teaching courses include lots of experience in actual classrooms. For those interested in teaching physics, FSU-Teach is an innovative approach to teacher education that involves a collaboration between scientists, mathematicians, and education faculty at Florida State University. In FSU-Teach, students will develop deep science or mathematics knowledge and the knowledge, skill, and experience needed to be an effective science or math teacher. The program will pay for tuition for the first two courses, and work-study positions with scientists, mathematicians, and local schools are available.

The Academic Guide for Physical Science/FSU-Teach Majors

The Academic Map for Physical Science/FSU-Teach Majors

Physical Science/FSU Teach advising:

Professor Paul Cottle

In addition to these four majors, the Physics Department offers a minor in Physics. It also offers a minor in Biomedical Physics, designed for students preparing for graduate studies in the biological sciences, for medical school, or for medical professions such as physical therapy. Both of these minors are described elsewhere on this site.


Future Major

The Department will soon offer a Major in Materials Physics. Students in the major will follow a curriculum that includes Condensed Matter Physics, Materials Synthesis and Applications, and Materials Characterization courses. This major is intended to prepare students to attend graduate school focusing on experimental condensed matter physics, materials science and engineering, and would be welcome in other interdisciplinary science departments. The students can work in science-related jobs, including engineering, teaching, and technical management.

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