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nov06 - -UF Physics Undergraduate Advising Newsletter...

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-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- UF Physics Undergraduate Advising Newsletter November 2006 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Most of you have either begun preregistration for Spring 2007 or else will start registering shortly. This newsletter deals with common advising questions. It is not intended to be a substitute for seeing a Physics department adviser or for talking to students who are a year ahead of you in classes. Remember, the list of physics department advisors and their office hours is Advisor Hours Room ------- ----- ---- Selman Hershfield Wed, 3-4pm & Thurs 2-3pm NPB 2138 Gene Dunnam Tues & Fri 9-10am NPB 2364 Darin Acosta Mon 2-3pm NPB 2035 Yoonseok Lee Tues 2-4pm NPB 2233 Amlan Biswas Fri 2-4pm NPB 2255 Katia Matcheva Thurs 11am-12pm NPB 2073 (women in physics) Requirements for Physics Degrees -------------------------------- The Physics department offers both Bachelor of Science (BS) and Bachelor of Arts (BA) degrees, as well as a minor in Physics. The course requirements for these degrees are listed on our web site at: BS Degree http://www.phys.ufl.edu/undergrad_program/reqBS.html BA Degree http://www.phys.ufl.edu/undergrad_program/reqBA.html Minor http://www.phys.ufl.edu/undergrad_program/minor.html The minor requires only three appropriately chosen courses after introductory physics, the BA degree requires approximately 32 credits in physics, and the BS degree requires 41 credits in physics. The BA degree was created because many of our students do not go on to graduate school in physics, but go on to jobs in industry, to other graduate schools such as engineering, and to medical school. It has the scheduling flexibility to allow students to take courses outside of physics to further their career goals. General Advising Comments ------------------------- In physics (or any other discipline) the courses become more difficult as one goes from the freshman-sophomore courses to the junior level courses to the senior level courses. One reason for the courses becoming more challenging is that you need to have mastered more material, i.e., there are more prerequisites for the junior and senior level courses than for the introductory courses. However, the junior and eventually senior level courses are also just harder. The problems take longer to do and will require deeper thinking. Thus, in choosing courses you should (a) make sure you have the necessary background and (b) make sure that the difficulty level of the course you are taking is not too far beyond those you have taken before hand. In the course descriptions given below, we try to help you in making an informed decision.
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