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

Download pdf: Physics Sample Curriculum

First Semester (Credit hours in parentheses)

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 1214-Calculus w/Analytic Geometry I (4)
Physics 1101-Introduction to Physics (1)

Total: 14 credit hours

Second Semester

Chem 1320-General Chemistry (3)
Hist (1200, 1300, 1310) or Pol Sc 1200 (3)
Math 1215-Calculus with Analytic Geometry II (4)
Elective** (2)
Physics 1135-General Physics I (4)

Total: 16 credit hours

First Semester (Credit hours in parentheses)

English 1160-Writing & Research (3)
Math 2222-Calculus w/Analytic Geometry III (4)
Physics 2135-General Physics II (4)
Comp Sci 1500 or Comp Sci 1970 & 1980 or Comp Sci 1971 & 1981 (3)
Literature Elective (3)

Total: 17 credit hours

Second Semester

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: 15 credit hours



First Semester (Credit hours in parentheses)

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)

Total 18 credit hours

Second Semester

Physics 3211-Electricity & Magnetism (3)
Physics 3129-Advanced Physics Lab II (3)
Math/Stat Elective (3)
Electives (7)

Total 16 credit hours

First Semester (Credit hours in parentheses)

Physics 4211-Electricity & Magnetism II (3)
Physics 4301-Introduction to Quantum Mechanics (3)
Physics Elective (3000 Level) (3)
Electives (7)

Total 16 credit hours

Second Semester

Physics 4311-Thermal Physics (3)
Elective-Hum (3000 Level) (3)
Physics Elective (3000 Level) (3)
Electives (7)

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


Grad Track Pathway

In this accelerated program, an undergraduate student takes graduate courses as part of the Physics BS degree which then also count towards the Physics MS degree. Students must take nine credit hours of physics graduate lecture courses at the 5000 or 6000 level during their undergraduate, and those credits will be transferred to the Physics MS program.

Admissions requirements:
(1) Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 in Physics courses, (2) Application letter outlining the student’s objectives in entering this program. (3) A recommendation letter from a Physics faculty member recommending the student for this program.



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.


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