BS in Physics with Emphasis in Materials Science
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. Materials Science is an interdisciplinary field encompassing several disciplines of science and technology. Physics lies at the heart of materials science since it provides a rationale for understanding the mechanical, thermal, optical, and magnetic properties of matter. The emphasis area in materials science prepares students in areas of high demand for the 21st century workforce in the US. Materials scientists are employed by companies who make products ranging from metals, ceramics, and biomedical implants to integrated-circuit chips and superconducting materials. A major concentration of the program is on nanomaterials, which prepares students in areas of nanotechnology and energy-related issues.
Major Program Requirements
Students interested in materials science may choose to pursue a BS in Physics with an Emphasis in Materials Science. For this option, students must take the same required courses as the students pursuing a regular BS degree, take PHYSCS 4620 Introduction to Materials Science, and three additional physics electives (3 courses) from the list below:
|PHYSCS 4190||Physics and Chemistry of Materials||3|
|PHYSCS 4230||Scanning and Transmission Electron Microscopy and Microanalysis||3|
|PHYSCS 4410||Analysis of Biological Macromolecules and Biomaterials||3|
|PHYSCS 4600||Semiconductor Optics||3|
|PHYSCS 4620||Introduction to Materials Science||3|
|PHYSCS 4650||Modern Condensed Matter Physics||3|
|PHYSCS 4950||Undergraduate Research in Physics||1-3|
|PHYSCS 4960||Senior Thesis in Physics||3|
With approval, one materials science related course may be taken from outside the physics program. Only courses in which a grade of C- or above will be counted toward the emphasis area.
|MATH 1500^||5||MATH 1700^||5|
|General Education*||3||PHYSCS 2750^||5|
|ENGLSH 1000*||3||General Education*||3|
|MATH 2300^||3||MATH 4100^||3|
|General Education*||3||PHYSCS 4140^||3|
|General Education*||3||General Education*||3|
|PHYSCS 2760^||5||Specialized/Foreign Language||3|
|PHYSCS 4100^||3||PHYSCS 4120^||3|
|PHYSCS 4620||3||MATH Elective^||3|
|MATH 4500^||3||General Education*||3|
|PHYSCS 4060^||3||Specialized/Foreign Language*||3|
|Specialized/Foreign Language*||3||PHYSCS Elective^||3|
|PHYSCS 4800^||3||PHYSCS 4810^||3|
|PHYSCS Elective^||3||PHYSCS 4985^||3|
|PHYSCS Elective^||3||PHYSCS Elective^||3|
|Total Credits: 113|
Course meets degree program requirements.
Course meets University General Education and/or campus graduation requirements.
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Major and Career Exploration
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- 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,
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