Physics

Physics Programs

The traditional physics major is well-suited to students desiring teaching certification, or intending to pursue graduate degrees or industrial research positions.

Curriculum

University Studies Requirements (48 total hours)

Required Courses (32 total hours)

  • PHY 100T Freshman Orientation
  • EGR 140 Introduction to Computing Applications in Science and Engineering
  • PHY 235 Mechanics, Heat and Wave Motion
  • PHY 236 Mechanics, Heat and Wave Motion Laboratory
  • EGR 240 Thermodynamics I
  • PHY 255 Electricity, Magnetism and Light
  • PHY 256 Electricity, Magnetism and Light Laboratory
  • EGR 390 Engineering Measurements
  • PHY 460 Electricity and Magnetism I
  • PHY 470 Optics
  • PHY 530 Mechanics I
  • PHY 580 Modern Physics I

Co-requirements for Major (6 total hours)

  • CHE 201 General College Chemistry
  • CHE 202 General Chemistry and Qualitative Analysis
  • CSC 420 Numerical Analysis I or MAT 442 Introduction to Numerical Analysis
  • MAT 250 Calculus and Analytic Geometry I
  • MAT 308 Calculus and Analytic Geometry II
  • MAT 309 Calculus and Analytic Geometry III
  • MAT 411 Ordinary Differential Equations

Required Limited Electives (3 total hours)
PHY/EGR courses numbered 300-level or above.

Required Minor (21 total hours)

Unrestricted Electives (10 total hours)

Total Curriculum Requirements (120 credit hours)

Secondary Certification in Physics prepares students to teach Physics to grades 8-12 in Kentucky.

Curriculum

University Studies Requirements (46-55 total hours)

  • Certification requires a grade of B or better in one English composition course and a C or better in a University Studies math course, public speaking, and EDU 103 or equivalent course. Additional requirements for admission to teacher education and student teaching must be met. See advisor and/or Office of Teacher Education Services for details.

Required Courses (32 total hours)

  • EGR 140 Introduction to Computing Applications in Science and Engineering
  • EGR 240 Thermodynamics I
  • EGR 390  Engineering Measurements
  • PHY 100T Transitions
  • PHY 235 Mechanics, Heat and Wave Motion
  • PHY 236 Mechanics, Heat and Wave Motion Laboratory
  • PHY 255 Electricity, Magnetism and Light
  • PHY 256 Electricity, Magnetism and Light Laboratory
  • PHY 460 Electricity and Magnetism I
  • PHY 470 Optics
  • PHY 530 Mechanics I
  • PHY 580 Modern Physics I

Co-requirements for Major (6 total hours)

  • CHE 201 General College Chemistry
  • CHE 202 General Chemistry and Qualitative Analysis
  • CSC 420 Numerical Analysis I or MAT 442 Introduction to Numerical Analysis
  • MAT 250 Calculus and Analytic Geometry I
  • MAT 308 Calculus and Analytic Geometry II
  • MAT 309 Calculus and Analytic Geometry III
  • MAT 411 Ordinary Differential Equations

Required Limited Electives (3 total hours)
PHY EGR courses numbered 300-level or above.

Required for Secondary Certification (32 total hours)

  • COM 372 Communication in Educational Environments
  • EDU 103 Issues and Practices of American Education
  • EDU 303 Strategies of Teaching
  • EDU 403 Structures and Foundations of Education
  • EDU 405 Evaluation and Measurement in Education
  • SEC 420 Practicum in Secondary Schools
  • SEC 421 Student Teaching in the Secondary School
  • SED 300 Educating Students with Disabilities

Required Minor (3-21 total hours)

Total Curriculum Requirements (122-149 credit hours)

The flexible area in applied physics program allows students to design curricular choices to fit their professional goals.

Curriculum

University Studies Requirements (48 total hours)

Required Courses (33 total hours)

  • PHY 100T Transitions
  • EGR 140 Introduction to Computing Applications in Science and Engineering
  • PHY 235 Mechanics, Heat and Wave Motion
  • PHY 236 Mechanics, Heat and Wave Motion Laboratory
  • EGR 240 Thermodynamics I
  • PHY 255 Electricity, Magnetism and Light
  • PHY 256 Electricity, Magnetism and Light Laboratory
  • EGR 264 Linear Circuits I
  • PHY 370 Introduction to Modern Physics or PHY 580 Modern Physics I
  • PHY 460 Electricity and Magnetism I
  • PHY 470 Optics
  • PHY 530 Mechanics I

Co-requirements for Area (6 total hours)

  • CHE 201 General College Chemistry
  • CHE 202 General Chemistry and Qualitative Analysis
  • CSC 420 Numerical Analysis I or MAT 442 Introduction to Numerical Analysis
  • MAT 250 Calculus and Analytic Geometry I
  • MAT 308 Calculus and Analytic Geometry II
  • MAT 309 Calculus and Analytic Geometry III
  • MAT 411 Ordinary Differential Equations

Technical Electives 2 (24 total hours)

Unrestricted Electives (9 total hours)

Total Curriculum Requirements (120 credit hours)

Students who wish to complete a scientific course of study and qualify for admission to Murray State’s Master of Business Administration program may follow the Applied Physics Curriculum/Pre-MBA option.

Curriculum

University Studies Requirements (48 total hours)

Required Courses (33 total hours)

  • PHY 100T Transitions
  • EGR 140 Introduction to Computing Applications in Science and Engineering
  • PHY 235 Mechanics, Heat and Wave Motion
  • PHY 236 Mechanics, Heat and Wave Motion Laboratory
  • EGR 240 Thermodynamics I
  • PHY 255 Electricity, Magnetism and Light
  • PHY 256 Electricity, Magnetism and Light Laboratory
  • EGR 264 Linear Circuits I
  • PHY 370 Introduction to Modern Physics or PHY 580 Modern Physics I
  • PHY 460 Electricity and Magnetism I
  • PHY 470 Optics
  • PHY 530 Mechanics I

Co-requirements for Area (6 total hours)

  • CHE 201 General College Chemistry
  • CHE 202 General Chemistry and Qualitative Analysis
  • CSC 420 Numerical Analysis I or  MAT 442 Introduction to Numerical Analysis
  • MAT 250 Calculus and Analytic Geometry I
  • MAT 308 Calculus and Analytic Geometry II
  • MAT 309 Calculus and Analytic Geometry III
  • MAT 411 Ordinary Differential Equations

Technical Electives (24 total hours)

  • ACC 200 Principles of Financial Accounting
  • ACC 201 Principles of Managerial Accounting
  • BPA 355 Information Systems and Decision Making
  • CIS 443 Business Statistics III
  • ECO 230 Principles of Macroeconomics
  • ECO 231 Principles of Microeconomics
  • FIN 330 Principles of Finance
  • MGT 350 Fundamentals of Management
  • MKT 360 Principles of Marketing

Unrestricted Electives (6 total hours)

Total Curriculum Requirements (120 credit hours)

Career Outlook

  • Baseball Analyst

  • College Professor

  • Data Scientist

  • High School Teacher

  • Researcher

Graduate School Placements

  • Indiana University

  • Northern Illinois University

  • Purdue University

  • University of Alabama

  • University of Missouri

  • University of Tennessee

  • Vanderbilt University

 

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