Undergraduate programs

The physics department offers a Bachelor of Science, as well as a minor in physics.

Bachelor of Science

This degree lays the foundation to begin your career or to continue your education for a higher degree in graduate school in physics or another field, such as law or medicine. A minimum of 128 credit hours is required.

The program has a high fraction of electives so that in consultation with your advisor, you can tailor a special program that suits your needs. This makes it easy to minor in computer science, mathematics or another field.

Example curriculum

First Semester 
Course Credit
Chem 1310-General Chemistry 4
Chem 1319-General Chemistry 1
Chem 1100-Intro to Lab Safety & Hazardous Materials 1
English 1120-Exposition & Argumentation 3
Math 1208-Calculus w/Analytic Geometry I 5
Physics 1101-Introduction to Physics 1
Second Semester 
Course Credit
Chem 1320-General Chemistry 3
Hist (1200, 1300, 1310) or Pol Sc 1200 3
Math 1221-Calculus with Analytic Geometry II 5
Elective**
2
Physics 1135-General Physics I 4

Total                                   15

Total                                   17
First Semester
Course Credit
English 1160-Writing & Research 3
Math 2222-Calculus w/Analytic Geometry III 4
Physics 2135-General Physics II 4
Comp Sc 1970 & 1980 or Comp Sc 1971 & 1981 or Comp Sc 1570 3
Literature Elective 3
Second Semester
Course Credit
Math 3304-Elementary Differential Equations 3
Physics 2311-Modern Physics I 3
Physics 2129-Intermediate Physics Lab 3
Physics 2401-Introduction to Theoretical Physics 3
Social Science Elective 3

Total                                   17

Total                                   15

Once you receive a solid foundation in the basic physics governing the behavior of matter, energy and radiation, you can choose from a number of advanced level courses that satisfy particular interests in modern physics.

First Semester
Course Credit
Physics 3201-Physical Mechanics 3
Physics 3119-Advanced Physics Lab I 3
Physics 3311-Modern Physics II 3
Math/Stat Elective*
3
Social Science Elective 3
Humanities 3
Second Semester
Course Credit
Physics 3211-Electricity & Magnetism 3
Physics 3129-Advanced Physics Lab II 3
Math/Stat Elective*
3

Electives**

7

Total                          18

Total                          16
First Semester
Course Credit
Physics 4211-Electricity & Magnetism II 3
Physics 4301-Introduction to Quantum Mechanics 3
Physics Elective*** (3000 Level) 3
Electives**
6
Second Semester
Course Credit
Physics 4311-Thermal Physics 3
Elective-Hum (3000 Level) 3
Physics Elective*** (3000 Level) 3
Electives**
6

Total                                   15

Total                    15

Experiential Learning

All undergraduate students graduating from Missouri S&T are required to have an experiential learning activity as part of their degree requirement.

List of Physics Experiential Learning Activities   Experiential Learning Form

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This minor is a flexible program with the goal of increasing your breadth and competency in modern or classical physics. As a science student pursuing a physics minor, you might be interested in a deeper understanding of fundamental physical processes. As an engineering student who intends to work in research or advanced development, you can use a physics minor to acquire a thorough knowledge of classical and quantum optics or laser processes. The minor consists of the following classes:

  • The introductory physics sequence (Physics 1111/2111 or Physics 1135/2135)
  • One course in modern physics (Physics 2305 or Physics 2311)
  • 12 additional credit hours of physics courses at the 2000 level or above.

The program will be designed to conform to your individual interests and needs.

ADVISORS

For more information please contact undergraduate advisors Dr. Agnes Vojta, Dr. Jerry Peacher or Dr. Dan Waddill