Missouri State University

Office of the Registrar

Undergraduate Catalog

2014-15 preliminary edition, April 2014

Physics

Major(s)

Physics (Comprehensive)

Bachelor of Science
  1. General Education Requirements - see General Education Program and Requirements section of catalog
    Specific General Education Requirements: PHY 203(5), MTH 261(5), ENG 321(3)

  2. Major Requirements

    1. PHY 152(3), 204(5), 291(3), 333(3), 343(3), 353(3), 375(3), 385(2), 386(1), 391(3), 486(1)

    2. Public Affairs Capstone Experience will be fulfilled by completion of PHY 385(2), 386(1) and 486(1).

    3. Select one of the following option areas:

      1. Astronomy and Astrophysics: AST 113(3), 114(4) or 115(4); and select two courses from: AST 311(3), 313(3), 315(3), 317(3)

      2. Engineering and Applied Physics: PHY 220(4), 324(4), 351(3)

      3. Materials Physics: MAT 540(3), 550(3), 580(3); PHY 575(3)

      4. Graduate Prep Physics: MAT 580(3); PHY 351(3), 476(3), 575(3)

    4. Related Requirements: MTH 280(5), 302(3), 303(3)

  3. General Baccalaureate Degree Requirements - see General Baccalaureate Degree Requirements section of catalog

Minor(s)

Physics

Bachelor of Science
  1. PHY 203(5), 204(5)
  2. Electives from any other physics courses to bring total to 20 hours with no more than 14 hours of courses numbered below 300.

Accelerated master's degree in materials science

Eligible Missouri State undergraduate students majoring in Physics may apply for preliminary acceptance into the Master of Science program in Materials Science after admission requirements for the accelerated master's option have been satisfied. If accepted, a maximum of nine credit hours from approved graduate-level courses may be counted toward both the graduate and undergraduate degrees (Mixed Credit). Students who successfully complete this program can obtain a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics (with Materials Physics option) and a Master of Science degree in Materials Science within five years.

This challenging option is for students who have a strong interest in becoming experts in electronic materials. This includes the fields of Solid State Physics, Photonics, Opto-electronics, Nanomaterials, Electrical Engineering, and Computer Engineering. While not essential for eventual admission to the program, it is strongly recommended that, as freshmen, students contact the department head for permission to become involved in the program. This will allow for appropriate advisement during the undergraduate years. Refer to the Graduate Catalog for more information.

For courses to be designated as Mixed Credit, the graduate advisor, undergraduate department head, and Graduate College dean must approve by signing the Permission for Mixed Credit form. This form must be provided to the Office of the Registrar in Carrington Hall 320 no later than the end of the Change of Schedule Period for the semester.

Accelerated Master of Natural and Applied Science

Eligible Missouri State undergraduate students in a major in the College of Natural and Applied Sciences may apply for preliminary acceptance into the Master of Natural and Applied Science program after admission requirements for the accelerated master's option have been satisfied. If accepted, a maximum of 12 credit hours from approved graduate-level courses may be counted toward both the graduate and undergraduate degrees (Mixed Credit). This option offers an opportunity for CNAS majors whose goals, academic capabilities, and career planning include graduate work, to complete the requirements for the master’s degree in less time than would otherwise be possible. Refer to the Graduate Catalog for more information.

For courses to be designated as Mixed Credit, the graduate advisor, undergraduate department head, and Graduate College dean must approve by signing the Permission for Mixed Credit form. This form must be provided to the Office of the Registrar in Carrington Hall 320 no later than the end of the Change of Schedule Period for the semester.