B.S. in Physics - Biophysics Option

St. Mary’s University Core 1
SMC 1301Foundations of Civilization3
SMC 1311Foundations of Reflection:Self3
SMC 1312Foundations of Reflection: Nature3
SMC 1313Foundations of Reflection: Others3
SMC 1314Foundations of Reflection: God3
SMC 2301Foundations of Practice: Ethics3
SMC 2302Foundations of Practice: Civic Engagement and Social Action3
SMC 2303Foundations of Practice:Fine Arts and Creative Process3
SMC 2304Foundations of Practice: Literature3
SMC 4301Capstone Seminar: Prospects for Community & Civilization3
School of Science, Engineering, and Technology Specific Core
Speech3
Select one of the following:
Fundamentals of Oral Communication
Business and Professional Communication
Rhetoric & Composition 23
Rhetoric and Composition
Foreign Languages6
Select one of the following:
6 hours at the sophomore level (2311, 2312) in a Foreign Language previously studied for a minimum of one year
6 hours of introductory level (1311, 1312) in a Foreign Language not previously studied
12 hours of CLEP/AP credit
History/Social Science3
Select one of the following:
Any HS course
Fundamentals of Business Enterprise
Introduction to Criminal Justice
Adjudication of Social Issues
Introductory Macroeconomic Theory
Introductory Microeconomic Theory
Organizational Behavior
American National Government
Texas State & Local Government
Introduction to Global Affairs
General Psychology
Human Factors
Introductory Sociology
Social Issues
Perspectives and Themes in History, Philosophy and/or Theology
Perspectives and Themes in Social Science
Theology3
Advanced Theology TH 33XX/43XX
Perspectives and Themes in History, Philosophy and/or Theology
Fine Arts3
Select one AR, DM, MU or any EN 23XX literature course
BS Physics Biophysics Option Major Courses
BL 1401General Biology for Majors I4
BL 1402General Biology for Majors II4
CH 1401General Chemistry I4
CH 1402General Chemistry II4
CH 3411Organic Chemistry I4
CH 3412Organic Chemistry II4
CH 4451Biochemistry I4
MT 2412Calculus I4
MT 2413Calculus II4
MT 3311Differential Equations3
MT 3414Calculus III4
PY 1404University Physics I4
PY 2404University Physics II4
PY 3101Modern Physics Lab1
PY 3102Nuclear Physics Lab1
PY 3301Modern Physics3
PY 3304Thermodynamics3
PY 3308Quantum Mechanics3
PY 3309Electromagnetics3
PY 3325Special Topics (Biophysics)3
Advanced Science Elective3
Advanced Science Elective3
Proficiency in Information Technology and Information Literacy
For this major, this requirement will be fulfilled by successfully completing PY 3301 with a grade of “C” or higher.
Total Semester Hours125
1

All St. Mary’s Core SMC 13XX "Reflection" courses must be completed before registering for SMC 23XX "Practice" courses.

2

Grade of “C” or better is required.  International students may be required to take EN 1313 to fulfill this requirement.

This is a recommended degree plan subject to changes. Please meet with your adviser on a regular basis.

First Year
FallSemester HoursSpringSemester Hours
SMC 13XX3SMC 13XX3
CH 14014EN 13113
MT 24124CH 14024
PY 14044MT 24134
ND 01010PY 24044
 15 18
Second Year
FallSemester HoursSpringSemester Hours
SMC 13XX3SMC 13XX3
Speech3BL 14024
BL 14014MT 34144
MT 33113PY 33043
PY 33013PY 31021
PY 31011 
 17 15
Third Year
FallSemester HoursSpringSemester Hours
SMC 13XX3SMC 23XX3
Foreign Language3SMC 23XX3
CH 34114Foreign Language3
PY 33083CH 34124
Advanced Science Elective3Fine Arts/Literature3
 16 16
Fourth Year
FallSemester HoursSpringSemester Hours
SMC 23XX3SMC 43013
SMC 23XX3History/Social Science3
CH 44514Advanced Theology3
PY 3325 (Biophysics)3PY 33093
 Advanced Science Elective3
 13 15
Total Semester Hours 125