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The McMurry Physics Major

As you plan out your undergraduate career, you will want to have some idea of where you are going. The intention of this webpage is to outline the courses which you will need in an order that satisfies the prerequisite courses for each. Please be aware that the courses listed are not offered every semester nor every year. (Please see the Curriculum page for this and next year's course offerings.)

As discussed on the Physics Curriculum page, the study of physics requires a strong mathematics background. Computers are also of great importance to physics and physics majors are advised to take courses in computer programming languages, especially FORTRAN and/or C. 

For the degree requirements of the physics major and the physics minor, please refer to the McMurry University Catalog (pdf) ('07-'08). The General Education (non-physics non-math degree) requirements are listed at the bottom of this page.

The Degree Plan

Since we cannot offer every course every year, we have a worked out a schedule which provides a suggested order so that you can satisfy the necessary prerequisites before the appropriate course. The bold-faced courses need to be where they are either to satisfy a prerequisite or because they are only offered every other year. The first schedule is for those who enter in the fall of an odd-numbered year (and will graduate in the spring of an odd-numbered year). The second schedule is for those who enter in the fall of an even-numbered year (and will graduate in the spring of an even-numbered year).

Obviously, you will need to select your General Education requirements, but these will depend on your interests. You will be assigned an academic advisor who can help guide you through the choices.

The requirements for the BS in physics with the relevant General Education courses can be completed in 102 credit hours. You are required to take a minimum of 120 credit hours to graduate. The remaining 18 credit hours have been left open for you to take additional classes that are specific interest to you. These may be from any discipline and need not satisfy the General Education requirement. These are also not listed in the schedules below.

Degree Plan for odd year
Class Rank
FALL TERM
SPRING TERM
Freshman 
Odd Fall / Even Spring
16 cr.hrs. / 16 cr.hrs.

(Total: 32 of 120 cr.hrs.)

Phys 2510 Univ. Phys. I
Math 2421 Calculus I
Eng 1310 Composition and Rhetoric
Acad 1100 McMurry 101
(Gen.Ed. 1st of 8)
Phys 2520 Univ. Phys. II
Math 2322 Calculus II

Eng 1320 Composition and Literature
HF 1210
(Gen.Ed. 2nd of 8)
Sophomore 
Even Fall / Odd Spring
16 cr.hrs. / 15 cr.hrs.

(Total: 63 of 120 cr.hrs.)
Phys 3300 Modern Phys
Math 3341 ODE
Math 2340 Linear Algebra
Chem 1410 General Chemistry I
(Gen.Ed. 3rd of 8)
Phys 3270 Advanced Lab
Phys 3350 Electronics
Math 3301 Multivariate Calculus
Chem 1420 General Chemistry II
(Gen.Ed. 4th of 8)
Junior 
Odd Fall / Even Spring
15 cr.hrs. /  15 cr.hrs.

(Total: 93 of 120 cr.hrs.)
Phys 4300 Classical Mechanics
Math 3351 Statistics
C Sc 1325 Fundamentals of Computer Science
(Gen.Ed. 5th of 8)
(Gen.Ed. 6th of 8)
Phys 4330 Quantum Mechanics
Phys Elective
(Gen.Ed. 7th of 8)
(Gen.Ed. 8th of 8)
Elective
Senior
Even Fall / Odd Spring
13 cr.hrs. / 14 cr.hrs.

(Total: 120 of 120 cr.hrs.)
Phys 4310 E&M
Phys 4175 Research Proposal
Phys Elective
Elective
Elective
Phys 4360 Thermodynamics
Phys 4275 Research Project
Elective
Elective
Elective
Degree Plan for Even year
Class Rank
FALL TERM
SPRING TERM
Freshman 
Even Fall / Odd Spring
16 cr.hrs. / 16 cr.hrs.

(Total: 32 of 120 cr.hrs.)

Phys 2510 Univ. Phys. I
Math 2421 Calculus I
Eng 1310 Composition and Rhetoric
Acad 1100 McMurry 101
(Gen.Ed. 1st of 8)
Phys 2520 Univ. Phys. II
Math 2322 Calculus II

Eng 1320 Composition and Literature
HF 1210
(Gen.Ed. 2nd of 8)
Sophomore 
Odd Fall / Even Spring
16 cr.hrs. / 15 cr.hrs.

(Total: 63 of 120 cr.hrs.)
Phys 3300 Modern Phys
C Sc 1325 Fundamentals of Computer Science
Math 2340 Linear Algebra
Chem 1410 General Chemistry I
(Gen.Ed. 3rd of 8)
Phys 3270 Advanced Lab
Phys 3350 Electronics
Math 3301 Multivariate Calculus
Chem 1420 General Chemistry II
(Gen.Ed. 4th of 8)
Junior 
Even Fall / Odd Spring
15 cr.hrs. /  15 cr.hrs.

(Total: 93 of 120 cr.hrs.)
Phys 4310 E&M
Phys Elective
Math 3341 ODE
(Gen.Ed. 5th of 8)
(Gen.Ed. 6th of 8)
Phys 4360 Thermodynamics
(Gen.Ed. 7th of 8)
(Gen.Ed. 8th of 8)
Elective
Elective
Senior
Odd Fall / Even Spring
13 cr.hrs. / 14 cr.hrs.

(Total: 120 of 120 cr.hrs.)
Phys 4300 Classical Mechanics
Phys 4175 Research Proposal
Math 3351 Statistics
Elective
Elective
Phys 4330 Quantum Mechanics
Phys 4275 Research Project
PhysElective
Elective
Elective

The General Education Requirements

McMury is a liberal arts institution. This means that we believe that everybody should know something about a variety of different fields. Everybody who attends McMurry must complete certain courses to get their degree. In addition, for each degree offered, their are some General Education requirements. We recommend that you use the information above to plan out your four-year major courses, fill in the rest of your schedule with courses from below, and then decide if you have room to add in another major or minor. You might consider printing this page off and checking off each requirement as you go or writing a year-and-semester that you intend to take each. Everyone is required to take 40 hours of General Education, however, 7 of these hours will be counted from the physics major supporting courses (math and natural science requirements, not shown below).
  • 4 hrs (2 classes) of Leadership, Excellence, and Virtue
    • 1 hr (1 class) of McMurry 101 (For incoming students only; transfer students are exempt from this)
    • 3 hrs (1 class) from
      • SLd 1300: Ethics
      • Hist 2330: Virtue in World History
      • Hist 2340: Virtue in American History
      • Rel 2309: Holocaust through the Eyes of Elie Wiesel
      • SLd 1310: Concepts and Techniques of Servant Leadership
  • 9 hrs (3 classes) of Written and Oral Communication
    • Eng 1310: Composition and Rhetoric
    • Eng 1320: Composition and Literature (PreReq: Eng 1310)
    • Comm 1310: Principles of Communication
  • 2 hrs (1 class) of Health Fitness (H F 1210)
  • 3 hrs (1 class) of Religion
    • Rel 1330: Introduction to Christianity
    • Rel 2330: Old Testament
    • Rel 2340: New Testament
  • 3 hrs (1 class) from the Fine Arts
    • Art 1300: Exploring the Visual Arts
    • M Lh 2301: Music Appreciation
    • Thre 1300: Introduction to Theatre
    • F A 2310: Survey of Fine Arts
  • 3 hrs (1 class) from Critical Reasoning
    • Eng 2311, 2312: British Literature I or II (PreReq: Eng 1320)
    • Eng 2321, 2322: American Literature I or II (PreReq: Eng 1320)
    • Phil 2350: Intro to Philosophy
    • Phil 2360: Logic
    • Math 2315: Discrete Mathematics
    • Bims 1300: Intro to Scientific Research
    • C Sc 1325: Fundamentals of Computer Science
  • 9 hrs (3 classes) from Global, Societal, and Personal Perspectives
    • 3 hrs (1 class) from
      • Hist 2300: Persons and Communities
      • Hist 1310, 1320: Early or late World History
      • Rel 2350: Religions of the World
      • P Sc 2350: Contemporary Global Issues
      • Soc 2310, 2320: World Societies I or II
    • 6 hrs (2 classes) from two disciplines
      • Hist 2310, 2320: Early or late American History
      • P Sc 2310, 2320: National or Stat Govt.
      • Econ 2310, 2320: Macro and Micro Economics
      • Psyc 1340, 2360: Intro or developmental psychology
      • Soc 2300: American Society


Updates:
10/30/08 Fix typos and update gen ed. WK.
8/20/07 Update format and content. WK.
6/13/03 Addition of the explicit listing of the General Education Requirements by JC.
1/10/01 Color Scheme updated by JC.
10/19/00 Page created by Joseph Christensen.

 

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