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 2010||Undergraduate Seminar in Physics||1|
& PHYSCS 2760
|University Physics I|
and University Physics II
|PHYSCS 3150||Introduction to Modern 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|
|or CMP_SC 1050||Algorithm Design and Programming I|
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.
|PHYSCS 2010||1||MATH 17001||5|
|MATH 15001||5||PHYSCS 27501||5|
|ENGLSH 1000*||3||Humanities/Fine Arts Course*||3|
|HIST 1100, 1200, or POL_SC 1100*||3|
|MATH 23001||3||PHYSCS 3150W||3|
|PHYSCS 27601||5||MATH 41001||3|
|Second language I*||4-6||Second language II*||4-6|
|Behavioral Science Course*||3||Behavioral Science Course*||3|
|Social Science Course||3|
|PHYSCS electives1||6||PHYSCS electives1||6|
|Second language III*||3-4||CHEM 1320 or CMP_SC 10501||4|
|2000-level Social Science Course*||3||2000-level Humanities/Fine Arts Course (Writing Intensive)*||3|
|2000-level Behavioral Science Course*||3||Elective Course||3|
|PHYSCS Elective/Research1||3||PHYSCS Elective/Research1||3|
|Humanities/Fine Arts Course*||6||Humanities/Fine Arts course*||3|
|Elective Course||3||Elective Course||3|
|Elective Course||3||Elective Course||3|
|Total Credits: 118-123|
Course meets degree program requirements
Course meets University general education and/or campus graduation requirements
The degree audit is an automated report reflecting a student’s academic progress toward the completion of a degree.
MU students can request a degree audit by logging in to myDegreePlanner. Students may also access myDegreePlanner via myZou, in the Student Center, click on the Academic Progress Tile, then select Request Degree Audit. The audit automatically pulls in the student’s MU course work, transfer courses and courses in progress. This is available to current students, admitted students, and those who last attended less than three terms ago.
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 https://advising.missouri.edu/contact/.
Prospective students, can access a preliminary MU degree audit via https://www.transferology.com. 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 https://registrar.missouri.edu/degrees-audits/degree-audits/.
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 the Discovery Center by calling (573)884-9700 or through MU Connect Discovery Center service in you success network.
If you have decided on a major, visit an academic advisor in the School or College that you are interested in to discuss the process of declaring the major.
- If you would like to learn more about your career interests, abilities, values and talents, visit the MU Career 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.