Physics - BS

 

This worksheet is a planning tool and enrollment guide for use during your enrollment appointment. The first section (in purple) identifies the required major related courses and Cluster One GenEd course you need to enroll in your first semester. The green area contains courses that are required for your major but are optional for the first semester. If you do not enroll in the optional courses your first semester you will do so in a later semester. The last section lists GenEd course options you may add to your schedule to create a final schedule of 14-16 credit hours, unless indicated otherwise in the Departmental Recommendations instructions. The worksheet should be saved and printed with your identified selections for use during your enrollment appointment.

Departmental Recommendations:

1. Enroll in 14-16 credit hours your first semester.

2. All Physics majors should enroll in PHYS 105 (any section).

3. Enroll in the mathematics course based upon your MPE CALC score:

MPE CALC Score => 30
MPE CALC Score below 30
Already have credit for MATH 235?

Enroll in both courses:

MATH 235 AND
PHYS 240 (Section 0004)

These courses are corequisites and must be enrolled in together.

Enroll in the Math course based upon your MPE CALC score. You will take PHYS 240 in a future semester.

MPE Score Course
23 - 29 MATH 231
18 - 22 MATH 231 + MATH 199**
15 - 17 MATH 155*
< 15 MATH 156*

If you have AP, IB, CIE, or dual enrollment credit, use the table below to determine your math course.

MATH Credit: Enroll In:
MATH 235 MATH 236
MATH 236 MATH 237

AND PHYS 240 (Section 0004)

4. Enrollment in CHEM for the first semester is dependent on your JMU MPE Score. Enroll in CHEM 131 and CHEM 131L IF your MPE CALC Score is 23 or higher OR your MPE STAT score is 16 or higher. If you do not meet these score requirements, enroll in additonal GenEd courses to create a schedule of 14-16 credit hours.

5. Enroll in a Cluster One Human Communications OR Critical Thinking course.

6. Consider enrolling in a foreign language course your first semester.

7. Enroll in General Education courses to create a 14-16 credit hour schedule.

 

Placement Exam Scores: Placement into fall classes is dependent upon your JMU MPE scores. You need to know your CALC Math Placement Exam score to determine your math placement and your CALC and STAT scores to determine CHEM 131 placement. Enter your scores in the fields below so you may determine your recommended courses. The MyMadison system will not allow you to enroll in a course other than your placement recommendation.

                             CALC       STAT          How to find your placement scores

Required First Semester Courses

Major Requirements:

Course/Subject/Number/Course Title Credits
     

Physics:

All students need to enroll in PHYS 105 (any section).

PHYS 105 Foundations of Physics

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Mathematics:

Dependent upon MPE score.

MPE CALC Score => 30: Enroll in MATH 235 AND PHYS 240 (Section 0004)

 

 

MATH 235 Calculus I - 4 cr hrs

PHYS 240 University Physics I - Section 0004

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MPE CALC Score < 30: Enroll in the appropriate math course as per the chart below.

MPE Score Course
23 - 29 MATH 231
18 - 22 MATH 231 + MATH 199**
15 - 17 MATH 155*
< 15 MATH 156*
The MyMadison system will not allow you to enroll in a math course higher than your placement level.

Have credit for MATH 235?

If you have AP, IB, CIE, or dual enrollment credit, use the table below to determine your math course. Enroll in PHYS 240 too.

MATH Credit: Enroll In:
MATH 235 MATH 236
MATH 236 MATH 237
MATH 231 Calculus with Functions - 3 cr hrs 3-4
MATH 231 + MATH 199** Calculus with Functions - 4 cr hrs
MATH 155 College Algebra* - 3 cr hrs
MATH 156 College Algebra* - 3 cr hrs
*MATH 155 and MATH 156 are prep courses for calculus. These classes do not fulfill your GenEd or major math requirement. The course material is identical, the difference is MATH 156 meets 4 times a week while MATH 155 meets 3 times a week.
**MATH 199 is a gateway co-requisite designed to assist students who want to start calculus but need to review fundamental mathematics to be successful in MATH 231. Students will be registered for a total of 4 credit hours.  The course is self-study-based and the only required meetings are drop-in proctored test-taking on Friday evenings. Grades are completely determined by the number of semester weeks that pass before the student successfully completes all of the exams. Once the exams are passed the student is no longer required to attend on Friday evenings.  Students whose schedules prevent them from attending Friday sessions need to register for MATH 155.

MATH 236 Calculus II - 4 cr hrs

MATH 237 Calculus III - 4 cr hrs

Chemistry:

MPE score dependent:

IF your MPE CALC score is 23 or higher OR your MPE STAT score is 16 or higher, enroll in both CHEM 131 and CHEM 131L.
The MyMadison system will not allow you to enroll is your SAT/ACT score does not meet the requirement.

CHEM 131 General Chemistry I - 3 cr hrs
CHEM 131L General Chemistry Lab - 1 cr hrs

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Cluster One Requirement:

Critical Thinking OR Human Communications

All students enroll in ONE of these Cluster One courses for the first semester. Check the boxes of all the courses that interest you, but only enroll in one of these courses for your first semester. The MyMadison system will not allow you to enroll in both a critical thinking and a human communications course.

 
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BUS 160 Business Decision Making in a Modern Society
HIST 150 Critical Issues in Recent Global History
ISAT 160 Problem Solving Approaches in Science and Technology
SMAD 150 Mediated Communication: Issues and Skills
PHIL 120 Critical Thinking
PHIL 150 Ethical Reasoning
SCOM 121 Human Communication: Presentations
SCOM 122 Human Communication: Individual Presentations
SCOM 123 Human Communication: Group Presentations
 

Optional Major Courses:

Foreign Language Requirement:

   

The BA degree has a foreign language requirement. To enroll in a new language you have never studied, enroll in the 101 level of the course. To continue studying in French, German, Russian, or Spanish, enroll based on your JMUFL score. To continue studying in all other languages, enroll in the 231 level of the language. You will confirm or adjust your course level in August when you meet with the coordinator for the language. To determine your placement course for French, German, Russian, or Spanish, see the Placement Matrix. The MyMadison system will not allow you to enroll in a course in which you did not place.

How to find your JMUFL score

Placement matrix for Spanish, Russian, French, and German

Foreign Language - 3-4 credit hours
3-4
 

Optional General Education Courses

You may have a full schedule of 14-16 credit hours based on the major requirements above. If you need additional courses to reach a full schedule, select from the General Education program courses on the remaining pages of the worksheet and add them to your schedule when you enroll. You do NOT need to enroll in a course from every cluster. Only select from within the cluster areas to supplement your schedule.

To facilitate a faster search of open classes within a specific cluster area, use the cluster area code (e.g. C2HQC). A tutorial on conducting cluster area searches is available at http://isapps.jmu.edu/ecampus/ecampus_SearchGenEdClasses.htm

 

 

Cluster One Writing (C1W)

You may want to consider adding a writing course to your first semester schedule. Answer the following questions to see your writing course recommendation. Each course is 3 credit hours.

Do you have, or are you waiting for, college writing credit from AP, IB, CIE, or high school dual enrollment credit? Answer by clicking the appropriate button below.

You indicate you have or are waiting for credit for writing. Proceed to the other GenEd clusters to select classes to create a full schedule. If you are not awarded credit for writing you may enroll in it next semester.
   

You indicated you are not waiting for writing credit. Consider enrolling in WRTC 103 this fall semester.

WRTC 103 Critical Reading and Writing

 
 

Cluster Two- Arts and Humanities

Identify as many courses that interest you but, if you enroll in a course from this cluster, do not enroll in more than one course per cluster area. Each course is 3 credit hours.

     
Human Questions and Contexts (C2HQC)
AMST 200 Introduction to American Studies
ANTH 205 Buried Cities and Lost Tribes
HIST 101 World History to 1500
HIST 102 World History since 1500
REL 102 God, Meaning, and Morality
HUM 250 Modern Perspectives (options include: Greek, Renaissance)
HUM 251 Modern Perspectives (options include: Enlightenment, Romanticism, Human Rights)
HUM 252 Global Cultures
PHIL 101 Introduction to Philosophy
REL 101 Religions of the World
 
Visual and Performing Arts (C2VPA) ART 200 Art in General Culture
ARTH 205 Survey of World Art I: Prehistoric to Renaissance
ARTH 206 Survey of World Art II: Renaissance to Modern
MUS 200 Music in General Culture
MUS 203 Music in America
MUS 206 Introduction to Global Music
THEA 210 Introduction to Theatre
 
     
     

Cluster Four: Social and Cultural Processes

Identify as many courses that interest you but, if you enroll in a course from this cluster, do not enroll in more than one course per cluster area.

The American Experience -

Do you have, or are you waiting for, credit for U.S. History or U.S. Government? Answer by clicking the appropriate button below.

 
 

You indicated you have credit, or are waiting for credit results, for U.S. Government or U.S. History, proceed to the other GenEd clusters to select classes to create a full schedule.

     

Select from the Cluster Four American Experience courses below. All are 4 credit hours.

HIST 225 U.S. History
POSC 225 U.S. Government - Do NOT enroll in this class and POSC 220 from the Global Experience.

 

   
The Global Experience (C4GE)
ANTH 195 Cultural Anthropology
ECON 200 Macroeconomics
POSC 200 Global Politics - Do NOT enroll in this class if you have credit for POSC 225 or are planning to take POSC 225.
SOCI 110 Social Issues in a Global Context
 
     

Cluster Five: Individuals in the Human Community

Identify as many courses that interest you but, if you enroll in a course from this cluster, do not enroll in more than one course per cluster area. All courses are 3 credit hours.

     
Wellness Domain (C5WD) HTH 100 Personal Wellness - This course has a 15-hour physical activity requirement of your choice for the semester.
KIN 100 Lifetime Fitness and Wellness - This course is one lecture meeting per week and one physical activity meeting per week. Fitness options include swim conditioning (must be a swimmer), indoor cycling, cardio/strength, yoga, boot camp and others. See the NOTES section of the class when enrolling to identify the fitness option.
 
Socioculutral Domain (C5SD) PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology
PSYC 160 Life Span Human Development
SOCI 140 Microsociology : The Individual in Society
     
     
Once your have made your selections, save and print this worksheet for use during your enrollment appointment.