Who should be a physics major?
Have you ever taken something apart just to see how it works? Do you prefer performing experiments in the lab to writing papers in the library? Does the simple purity of mathematics appeal to you? If so, physics might just be the ideal major for you.
Physics majors will need a strong foundation in mathematics. At a minimum, students must have completed pre-calculus while in high school.
What will you study?
McMurry physics majors will earn a Bachelor of Science in physics with a focus in one of three areas: electrical engineering, mechanical/civil engineering, or general physics. The degree plan is flexible and allows physics majors to change their focus any time in the first two years of study.
- Advanced Physics Lab
- Automated Experiments
- Classical Mechanics
- Digital Electronics
- Electricity & Magnetism
- Engineering Drafting
- Engineering Dynamics
- Engineering Statics
- Modern Physics
- Quantum Mechanics
- Solar System Physics
- Solid State Physics
- University Physics
Why physics at McMurry?
McMurry’s small class sizes and opportunities for hands-on learning are unequaled at large universities. Our low 13:1 student-faculty ratio means you’ll never be an anonymous face in the classroom. Instead, your physics professors will become your mentors, providing personal attention and guidance throughout all four years.
Physics at McMurry is a hands-on experience. Unlike undergraduates at most schools, our students have access to a fully operational machine shop which allows them to design and build their own mechanical devices. A 3D printer and scanner and a collection of telescopes are also available for student use.
As seniors, physics majors are required to complete a capstone research project. Recent projects include a jet engine built from a Mack truck turbocharger, a mini airplane, a railgun and a coilgun (Gauss rifle).
Through a collaborative agreement with the University of North Dakota, McMurry physics majors can earn two Bachelor of Science degrees in five years: a B.S. in physics from McMurry and an ABET-accredited B.S. in either mechanical or chemical engineering from UND. This is an excellent opportunity for students to take upper-division engineering courses while remaining in Abilene.
Where can you go with a degree in physics?
As a physics major, you will develop a solid background in applied mathematics as you learn about the fundamental laws of nature and how the world works. Because McMurry’s curriculum is founded in the liberal arts, you will also learn how to think critically, write persuasively and communicate effectively. This unique combination of skills will prepare you for a wide range of career and graduate school options.
For students who wish to continue their studies in graduate school, McMurry has an agreement with Texas Tech University which guarantees admission into Tech’s M.S. degree programs in physics, provided certain criteria are met by the student. McMurry’s physics department also maintains strong relationships with Baylor University and Texas A&M University, among others.
Our graduates’ broad range of skills makes them very employable. Recent graduates have found work in engineering, atmospheric science, geoscience, physics research, astrophysics, information technology, education, the oil industry and even finance and medicine.