Department of Physics, Astronomy, and Materials Science
Missouri State University
901 South National Avenue
Springfield, Missouri 65897
In the past 30 years, an enormous number of unusual and previously unknown materials have been put to use in our society. These include wear and corrosion resistant materials for spacecraft, lightweight composite materials for the new generation of aircraft and automobiles, new optical and electronic materials for high speed computers, and inexpensive electronic materials for commercial use. The field of materials science has made many contributions to understanding the technology of these materials that have radically changed our way of life in the 21st century.
The Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Physics with an emphasis in Materials Science will provide graduates with the appropriate background to find employment in the applied engineering field of materials science. This program provides students with a broad background in the physics of solids and high-technology materials synthesis and characterization techniques. This practical experience will include the operation and design of the equipment used to make integrated circuits.
The Materials Science emphasis was designed for students who would like to see the more theoretical aspects of physics applied to the real world. Students who enjoy building experiments and analyzing the results should consider this major.
Graduates will be employed in the semiconductor manufacturing, materials synthesis and materials testing industries. Some students may have an interest in continuing their materials science education by enrolling in our Materials Science Master of Science Program.
This program emphasizes physics problem-solving techniques to address materials science technology challenges. The student will learn a variety of methods, both experimental and mathematical, to apply in the design of new and higher performing materials.
The Materials Science/Engineering Physics program is a 67 credit hour comprehensive program. It requires 39 credit hours in the Engineering Physics core and 28 hours in the Materials Science emphasis. Within the Engineering Physics core, 14 credit hours are in Computer Science and Mathematics.
The student must complete the general education requirements. (See the General Education section of the Missouri State Catalog online at www.missouristate.edu/catalog.)
Specific general education requirements are:
The Engineering Physics Core requirements are:
The required Materials Science emphasis courses are:
And at least 5 hours chosen from the following courses:
The Department of Physics, Astronomy and Materials Science has 16 full-time faculty members, 15 of which have Ph.D. or Ed.D. degrees.
Faculty interests in the area of materials science include molecular beam epitaxy, vacuum technology, x-ray absorption Fourier spectrometry, Raman spectroscopy, condensation studies, ion implantation and electro-optics. Characterization equipment includes a scanning tunneling microscope (capable of atomic resolution), an electronic characterization workstation (for measuring ac and dc, Hall effect, resistivity, thermoelectric power and piezoelectricity all as a function of temperature to 20 K and external magnetic field), and optical characterization equipment (such as absorption and reflection as a function of wavelength and photoluminescence).
Departmental facilities and equipment are available for students in the Materials Science/Engineering Physics program to accomplish their required research projects. Laboratories used in the program include:
Computer Engineering/Engineering Physics students will conduct a two-semester research project as part of their undergraduate experience. In this project they will work closely with a professor on a topic of mutual interest. Many of these projects will utilize the major research facilities mentioned earlier. In some cases these projects may be funded and provide the student with an undergraduate Work Grant.
Students are encouraged to participate in the department sponsored Student Engineering Club. Students in the club build robots for simple tasks or for contests. The department provides supplies to build the robots. Meetings are held in the student seminar and study room. Interested students can contact the department for further information.
The department also sponsors a chapter of the national Society of Physics Students (SPS) and a chapter of the national physics honor society, Sigma Pi Sigma. SPS members organize and participate in a number of departmental activities, including physics competitions for high school students, tutoring assistance and seminars by guest speakers.
Students often find part-time employment in the department and may participate in the university’s Cooperative Education program. Students may also wish to apply for an appointment to a research semester at one of the U.S. government national laboratories.
Missouri State is committed to assisting students to graduate in four years--see sample graduation plans for this major.
The following is a sample schedule for this major--your actual schedule will vary.
|First Semester Courses||Hours|
|MTH 261 Analytic Geometry and Calculus I||5|
|CSC 111 Introduction to Computing||3|
|CHM 160 General Chemistry I||4|
|GEP 101 First-Year Foundations||2|
|COM 115 Fundamentals of Public Speaking||3|
|First Semester Courses||Hours|
|MTH 302 Multivariate Calculus||3|
|PHY 204 Foundations of Physics II||5|
|PHY 375 Modern Physics||3|
|KIN 100 Fitness for Living||2|