Why Study Physics at New College?

As a Physics AOC at New College, you have access to top-notch facilities and equipment that are rarely available at other leading liberal arts colleges. For instance, we opened our Optical Spectroscopy and Nanomaterials Lab in January of 2012 with a $1.7 million grant from the U.S. Army Research Laboratory, becoming the first and only undergraduate liberal arts college in the nation to offer such a lab.

Physics area of concentration

The physics program is designed to provide a thorough grounding in the central areas of physics, allowing for flexibility in pursuing individual interests in depth. It addresses the needs of both majors and non -majors through courses and tutorials in theoretical, experimental, and computational physics.

Students participating in the physics program become familiar with the facts and processes of physics and learn to think logically. Those whose interests expand beyond the introductory level will find small classes, intensive work, and challenging projects. They will also find state of the art equipment for doing research in the laboratory, including an atomic force microscope, a micro-Raman spectrometer, an X-ray diffractometer, an X-ray fluorescence spectrometer, micro-spectrophotometer, and a Q switched Nd:YAG laser with second and fourth harmonic emission. Joint or double areas of concentration with other disciplines are possible. For example, combinations of physics with mathematics or chemistry are common. Some of our graduates go on to work for industry or government, but most continue their education in graduate school.


Recent Theses

  • Surface Plasmon Resonance of Noble Metal Nanoparticles in Thin Film Dielectric Matrices
  • Star Formation and Metallicity in Irregular Galaxies
  • The Physics of Tachyons. Carbon Nanoparticles
  • Sequestration and Stabilization: Taming the Black Hole
  • Using Homotopy Groups to Detect Topological Defects with Applications to a Lorentz -Violating Theory. Quantum Chemistry & Applications of Density Functional Theory to the C1-/Benzene Adduct
  • Curved Periodic Crack Patterns in Sol-gel Films
  • Coil Impedance in the Presence of an Axially Symmetric Conductor


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Physics Curriculum

View the requirements for an AOC in Physics and see sample pathways to graduation.

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Heiser Natural Sciences Complex

The 56,000-square-foot Heiser Natural Sciences Complex includes teaching and research labs for chemistry, biochemistry, biology, bioinformatics, computational science, mathematics and physics.

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Undergraduate Program

New College of Florida offers more than 40 different majors in humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences, as well as a number of interdisciplinary concentrations.

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