Department of Physics, Astronomy and Materials Science


  • Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education – Secondary Education/Physics (MSEd)
  • Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation – Secondary Education/Physics (MSEd)

General Information

Pre-engineering preparation

Missouri State University offers a cooperative engineering program in conjunction with Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, MO. Only students residing in a sixteen-county area of southwest Missouri qualify for this program. Refer to the Engineering Program section of catalog for more information. Students who wish to pursue engineering, but do not meet the geographic requirements for the cooperative program, may take two years of foundation courses at Missouri State. The Departments of Mathematics and Physics, Astronomy and Materials Science jointly offer a two-year plan to meet the needs of these students, who must transfer later to complete a four-year degree in engineering. Contact either department for details.

Program requirements and restrictions

Mathematical preparation

The mathematical preparation (or lack thereof) in high school strongly governs the point at which a student should begin a physics major. Since there are at least six different levels of beginning students in this discipline, it is imperative that these students consult a member of the physics staff as soon as possible, preferably before their first semester in attendance.

Dated courses

Courses taken more than 10 years before graduation are subject to review and possible rejection by the department faculty.