BA in Physics
Degree Program Description
Physics is the science that studies the structure and properties of matter and transformations of energy. With math as the language and experimental verification as a guide, physical study has established the fundamental laws of nature that are the foundation of all natural science and technology. The study of physics includes learning the general principles and the phenomena that have been discovered and developing the skills that enable such knowledge to be advanced through research. The BA degree provides a broad coverage of classical and modern physics while permitting a broader liberal arts education. It is normally selected by students who plan to enter a professional school later in their academic career, e.g. medicine, dentistry or law, or who desire to pursue a teaching certificate. Physics plays a pivotal role in such areas of expanding and societal importance as biomedical optical imaging/biomedicine, materials science, and homeland security, and as such, courses are offered in optical sciences, biological physics, materials sciences and nanotechnology.
Major Program Requirements
Students must complete the University of Missouri’s general education requirements and graduation requirements, in addition to the Major Program Requirements below.
|PHYSCS 2800||Undergraduate Seminar in Physics||2|
& PHYSCS 2760
|University Physics I|
and University Physics II
|PHYSCS 3150||Introduction to Modern Physics||3|
|PHYSCS 4080||Major Themes in Classical Physics||3|
& MATH 1700
& MATH 2300
|Analytic Geometry and Calculus I|
and Calculus II
and Calculus III
|MATH 4100||Differential Equations||3|
|CHEM 1320||College Chemistry I||4|
Below is a sample plan of study, semester by semester. A student's actual plan may vary based on course choices where options are available.
|MATH 1500^||5||MATH 1700^||5|
|PHYSCS 2800^||2||PHYSCS 2750^||5|
|ENGLSH 1000*||3||Humanities/Fine Arts Course*||3|
|HIST 1100, 1200, or POL_SC 1100*||3|
|MATH 2300^||3||MATH 4100^||3|
|PHYSCS 2760^||5||PHYSCS 3150^||3|
|Foreign language (level 1)*||5||Foreign language (level 2)*||5|
|Elective Course||3||Behavioral Science Course*||3|
|PHYSCS 4080&||3||PHYSCS elective^||3|
|PHYSCS elective^||3||CHEM 1320^||4|
|Foreign language (level 3)*||3||2000-level Humanities/Fine Arts Course (Writing Intensive)*||3|
|Social Science Course*||3||Elective Course||3|
|2000-level Behavioral Science Course*||3||Elective Course||3|
|PHYSCS Elective/Research Course^||3||PHYSCS elective/research^||3|
|Humanities/Fine Arts Course*||3||Humanities and fine arts course*||3|
|2000-level Social Science Course*||3||Elective Course||3|
|Elective Course||3||Elective Course||3|
|Elective Course||3||Elective Course||3|
|Total Credits: 120|
Course meets degree program requirements
Course meets University general education and/or campus graduation requirements
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Past MU students can request a degree audit by contacting the Academic Advising Unit of the division in which they were last enrolled at MU. For contact information, go to http://advising.missouri.edu/contact/.
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Major and Course Exploration
The University of Missouri has many resources to assist you in exploring majors and career possibilities. For guidance, visit the Majors and Careers website or view specific resources below.
- If you are considering a change of major or are exploring multiple majors, schedule an appointment with an advisor in Academic Exploration and Advising Services (AEAS) by calling (573)884-9700.
- If you would like to learn more about your career interests, abilities, values and talents, visit the MU Career Center in the lower level of the Student Success Center. No appointment is necessary to explore career options with one of our staff members.
- If you would like information about MU majors and degree programs, visit:
- the Degrees, Majors (Degree Programs), Emphasis Areas, Minors and Certificates page in the catalog,
- the MU Majors website.
For additional major and career exploration resources, visit Major & Career Exploration in the catalog.