BS 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 BS degree in Physics is designed to prepare students for scientific careers immediately upon graduation, for further training in graduate school, or for teaching high school physics. 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. Students can specialize by pursuing a BS in physics with an emphasis in astronomy or materials science.

Major Program Requirements

Students must complete the University general education requirements in addition to the Major Program Requirements below.

PHYSCS 2800Undergraduate Seminar in Physics2
PHYSCS 2750
PHYSCS 2760
University Physics I
and University Physics II
10
PHYSCS 3150Introduction to Modern Physics3
PHYSCS 4060Advanced Physics Laboratory I3
PHYSCS 4100Electricity and Magnetism I3
PHYSCS 4120Introduction to Thermodynamics3
PHYSCS 4140Mechanics3
PHYSCS 4800Introduction to Quantum Mechanics I3
MATH 1500
MATH 1700
MATH 2300
Analytic Geometry and Calculus I
and Calculus II
and Calculus III
13
MATH 4100Differential Equations3
CHEM 1320College Chemistry I4
Electives
Additional physics/astronomy15
Additional math6
Total Credits71

Major Core Requirements for the BS Program for Science Education Majors

This degree is available only to students who are also pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Education, emphasis in Physics education.

PHYSCS 2800Undergraduate Seminar in Physics2
PHYSCS 2750
PHYSCS 2760
University Physics I
and University Physics II
10
PHYSCS 3150Introduction to Modern Physics3
PHYSCS 4060Advanced Physics Laboratory I3
PHYSCS 4080Major Themes in Classical Physics3
MATH 1500
MATH 1700
MATH 2300
Analytic Geometry and Calculus I
and Calculus II
and Calculus III
13
MATH 4100Differential Equations3
CHEM 1320College Chemistry I4
Electives:
Additional physics/astronomy (a student must select 4 courses from the list below)12
PHYSCS 3010Introduction to Modern Astrophysics3
PHYSCS 3100Teaching Physics3
PHYSCS 4050Electronic Laboratory4
PHYSCS 4110Light and Modern Optics4
PHYSCS 4180Solar System Science3
PHYSCS 4190Physics and Chemistry of Materials3
Total Credits73

Semester Plan

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.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
MATH 1500^5PHYSCS 2750^5
General Education*3MATH 1700^5
CHEM 1320^4General Education*3
ENGLSH 1000*3 
PHYSCS 28002 
 17 13
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
PHYSCS 2760^5PHYSCS 3150^3
MATH 2300^3MATH 4100^3
General Education*3PHYSCS 4140^3
General Education*3General Education*3
 Specialized/Foreign Language3
 14 15
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
PHYSCS 4100^3PHYSCS 4120^3
PHYSCS Elective^3Physics Elective^3
MATH 4500^3Math Elective^3
PHYSCS 4060^3General Education*3
Specialized/Foreign Language*3Specialized/ Foreign Language*3
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
PHYSCS 4800^3PHYSCS 4810^3
PHYSCS Elective^3PHYSCS 4985^3
PHYSCS Elective^3PHYSCS Elective^3
Specialized/Foreign Language*3Electives/Research3
 12 12
Total Credits: 113
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Course meets degree program requirements

*

Course meets University general education and/or campus graduation requirements

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Degree Audit

 

The degree audit is an automated report reflecting a student’s academic progress toward the completion of a degree.  Degree Audits are not available for all programs; however, please consult with the appropriate college or school for audit information.

MU students who have attended since August 2007 can request a degree audit by logging in to myZou and navigating to Self Service, then Student Center, and clicking on “Request Degree Audit.” The audit automatically pulls in the student’s MU course work, transfer courses and courses in progress.

MU students who have NOT attended since August 2007 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/.

For newly admitted or prospective students, MU degree audits can be created at http://www.transfer.org. Information on the college credits already earned will have to be manually entered before it can be evaluated against current degree requirements.

For additional details on degree audits, go to http://registrar.missouri.edu/degree-audits/index.php.

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Major and Career 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 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.

For additional major and career exploration resources, visit Major & Career Exploration in the catalog.

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