Mission and Goals:
The mission of the McMurry University Department of Physics is:
1. to provide non-science majors with an introduction to the concepts, problem-solving techniques, and critical-thinking skills of physics;
2. to provide non-physics science majors with a survey of physics and a discovery-based laboratory experience that emphasizes data analysis and scientific communication;
3. to provide physics majors with a broad-based curriculum that emphasizes the fundamentals through a combination of classroom instruction, laboratory work, and research experiences;
4. to enhance the education of physics majors and other interested students through such extra-curricular activities as the Society of Physics Students by providing the opportunity to form natural learning communities; and
5. to work in collaboration with each other to maintain an appropriate level of activity in our technical disciplines, in our academic communities, and in the local community.
The Physics Faculty believe that enacting this mission will lead to the goals of the department, which are:
1. to enable non-science majors to understand the proper roles of science, technology, and mathematics within our society;
2. to enhance non-physics science majors’ understanding of science through the application of the scientific process into disciplines that overlap their interests, but view the material from a different perspective, thereby providing a richer understanding of the interconnectedness of their discipline to other fields;
3. to prepare physics graduates for a wide range of career opportunities including not only graduate study in physics, engineering, pre-med, or other sciences; but also, science teaching and careers in industry and science-related business;
4. to develop students who are within our influence as whole people, well-rounded beyond simply the classroom experience, who have collaborated on group projects and socialized in technical and in colloquial environments so that they can more easily grow into contributing, respected, and influential members of their future communities; and
5. to live as examples, especially for our students, of individuals in a community that values the habits of life-long learners, of scholars developing their field of knowledge, and of professionals.
To attain these goals, we enact this mission to provide scholarly and professional opportunities to our students and colleagues on a daily basis. We believe that when students accept the responsibility to make use of the opportunities provided they will have developed the knowledge and skills that enable them to be successful in their academic and professional endeavors.