Natural Sciences

Program Options

Area of Concentration, Joint Concentration, Secondary Field

About the 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.

“This recognition [Awarded with Outstanding Chapter Award] is a high honor for New College of Florida and helps reaffirm our college’s academic commitment to physics and mathematics particularly. I am proud to be a part of such a motivated community of students and faculty. The dedication and passion for physics has become contagious and has allowed for the development of a true ‘physics phamily’ in our SPS chapter.”

Matt Mancini
NCF chapter president
Awarded Outstanding Chapter Award (2019)

Featured Course

Recent courses

  • Advanced Electricity and Magnetism
  • Descriptive Astronomy
  • Introduction to Modern Astrophysics
  • Modern Physics
  • Physical Optics
  • Physics I
  • Solid State Physics
  • Thermal Physics

Career Pathways

  • Scientist
  • Engineering
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Research
  • Education
  • Biophysics
  • Particle Physics

Contact Us

Natural Sciences Division

Phone Number

Email Address


Heiser Natural Sciences Complex 172C

Physics Faculty

Dr. Donald Colladay

Professor of Physics

Christopher Pedersen

Associate In Physics

George Ruppeiner

Professor of Physics and Astronomy

Dr. Mariana Sendova

Professor of Physics