Physics Department

Jacksonville University proudly offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics and a Minor in Physics. Our physics major program is carefully planned to give students a thorough understanding of the core ideas and fundamental laws that shape our universe. It's a great fit for those excited to study the complexities of natural events from a scientific viewpoint. 
Our curriculum connects physics with other key science areas like Astronomy, Astrophysics, Biophysics, Neuroscience, Chemical Physics, Geophysics, and Environmental Science. This shows how relevant Physics is and how it can be applied across many fields, building a base for cross-disciplinary learning. We emphasize the close relationships between Physics, Mathematics, and Computing, leading to a well-rounded scientific education. 
The Physics major at Jacksonville University is flexible to support different educational and career goals. It's an excellent choice for students interested in a liberal arts environment, as well as those preparing for careers in Engineering, Law, Medicine, Business, or Education. The program's adaptability allows students to focus their upper-level coursework on specific interests in related areas like Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering, Geology, and Neuroscience. 
Our Physics program also incorporates an entry into the study of quantum computing and artificial intelligence, highlighting the cutting-edge applications of physics. For students set on Physics or closely related technical fields, our department offers a range of advanced courses to deepen their knowledge and prepare them for the future. Our aim is to equip graduates with the skills and understanding needed to succeed in the rapidly evolving field of science. 
Jacksonville University provides an educational experience that fosters intellectual growth, creative thinking, and a passion for exploration. We invite you to join us as we uncover the mysteries of the universe through the study of physics. 

An Innovative Physics Curriculum at JU

At Jacksonville University, our revamped physics curriculum empowers graduates with the knowledge, skills, and adaptability required to excel in an increasingly technology-driven and interdisciplinary world.  
Key highlights include: 

  • Solid grounding in the core principles of classical and modern Physics through comprehensive coursework, practical laboratory experiences, and theoretical comprehension. 
  • Emphasis on quantum physics, with research projects and coursework from the sophomore year, culminating in a rigorous study of quantum mechanics and active participation in quantum physics or quantum computing research during the senior year. 
  • Introduction to quantum computing and artificial intelligence through dedicated courses, preparing students for careers at the forefront of scientific and technological innovation. 
  • Research Experience for Undergraduate Students: Opportunities for students to participate in cutting-edge research projects, fostering hands-on experience and preparing them for future academic or industry careers. Our students have been successfully recommended for prestigious Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) programs at institutions like the University of Notre Dame and Texas A&M University. 
  • Development of critical thinking, analytical skills, and problem-solving capabilities, enabling graduates to tackle complex challenges in physics and interdisciplinary contexts. 
  • Versatile skill set encompassing physics, quantum computing, artificial intelligence, and data analytics, opening up a wide range of career paths, including graduate studies, quantum information science, AI research, data analytics, and various other physics-related domains.

Our modern physics curriculum fosters innovation, cultivates adaptability, and empowers students to become leaders in the ever-evolving fields of science and technology. 

Diverse Career Paths for JU Physics Graduates 

Physics graduates have a wide range of career options. Many pursue graduate studies with full scholarships and generous stipends, often exceeding $30,000 annually. Others directly enter the workforce in roles like research at technology companies, consulting, data analysis, software development, finance, and government agencies. 
The JU Physics program equips graduates with strong analytical skills, problem-solving abilities, and a deep understanding of scientific principles. This versatile skill set prepares them to excel in their chosen careers, whether in academia or industry, while fostering critical thinking, creativity, and a passion for exploration. 



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Need more information? Contact Dr. Guangyao Chen or the Office of Admissions.

Dr. Guangyao Chen
(904) 256-7868
Merritt Penticoff 204                                                                                                                                

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Office location

Merritt Penticoff 132A
2800 University Blvd N
Jacksonville, FL 32211

Telephone number

(904) 256-7300