UMKC Catalog


B.A. Curriculum Requirements

Students graduating with a baccalaureate degree in Physics
  • Have a functional knowledge of the basic areas of physics.
  • Be able to integrate their knowledge with critical thinking skills in order to become problem solvers.
  • Be able to clearly articulate scientific information, both orally and in writing.
  • Be able to effectively use the scientific literature.

Students graduating with a baccalaureate degree in Physics
will be prepared for entry into professional schools, graduate
programs or the job market.

The bachelors of arts degree offers greater flexibility than either the BS or the 3/2 Physics/Engineering program since it requires a minimum of 38 credit hours of physics, in contrast to 46 for the BS.  The majority of students pursuing the bachelor of arts in physics do so in preparation for a teaching career.

The B.A. degree with a major in physics must include:
1. Physics for Science and Engineering (PHYSICS 240, PHYSICS 250), 10 credit
hours; in special cases, General Physics (PHYSICS 210, PHYSICS 220), 8
credit hours;
2. Advanced Physics Laboratory (PHYSICS 385L, PHYSICS 395L), 6 credit
hours; and
3. An additional 22 credit hours in physics courses
numbered 300 or above.

In addition to the above requirements, any other requirements
set by The College of Arts and Sciences must be satisfied.