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, biophysics, or materials science.
Major Program Requirements
Students must complete the University 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 3150W||Introduction to Modern Physics - Writing Intensive||3|
|PHYSCS 4060||Advanced Physics Laboratory I||4|
|PHYSCS 4100||Electricity and Magnetism I||3|
|PHYSCS 4120||Introduction to Thermodynamics||3|
|PHYSCS 4800||Introduction to Quantum Mechanics I||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||3-4|
|or CMP_SC 1050||Algorithm Design and Programming I|
|or INFOTC 1040||Introduction to Problem Solving and Programming|
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||PHYSCS 27501||5|
|MATH 15001||5||MATH 17001||5|
|CHEM 1320, CMP_SC 1050, or INFOTC 10401||3-4||General Education*||3-6|
|PHYSCS 27601||5||PHYSCS 3150W||3|
|MATH 23001||3||PHYSCS 4100||3|
|General Education*||3||MATH 41001||3|
|Second Language/Alternative*||4-6||General Education*||3|
|PHYSCS 4140||3||PHYSCS 41201||3|
|PHYSCS 40601||4||Physics Elective1||6|
|Math Elective1||3||Math Elective1||3|
|Second Language/Alternative*||3-4||General Education*||3|
|PHYSCS 48001||3||PHYSCS Electives/Research1||6|
|PHYSCS Elective/Research1||6||Elective courses||9-10|
|Total Credits: 120-130|
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 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.