Physics and Astronomy

Physics and Astronomy Programs

  •  BA Physics
  •  BS Physics
  •  BS Education - Physics
  •  MS Physics
  •  PhD Physics

Career Opportunities

  •  Astrophysics
  •  Atmospheric Science
  •  Education
  •  Medical Physics
  •  Research

UMSL's Department of Physics and Astronomy houses 10 full-time faculty, 5 adjunct faculty, all of whom remain dedicated to teaching in addition to field-based research.

The Physics and Astronomy Degree Program at the University of Missouri–St. Louis aims to recruit outstanding and diverse students at the graduate and undergraduate levels, preparing them for successful careers in physics, astronomy and their related fields.

What UMSL has to offer

Small class sizes place teacher-student interactions at a premium with help available via Lab Connection, which connects students with an array of online manuals and quick access to UMSL's capable teaching assistants.

Many UMSL alumni have pursued graduate studies in astronomy, meteorology and physics at institutions such as Cornell University, University of Wisconsin and Washington University. Those who elected a career in industry work in a variety of settings for such firms as International Business Machines, Emerson Electric, AT&T, Hewlett-Packard, Boeing, NASA and the National Center for Atmospheric Research.

At the undergraduate level, the Department of Physics and Astronomy offers course work leading to a BA in physics, a BS in physics, and in cooperation with the College of Education, a BA in physics with teacher certification and a BS in education with an emphasis in physics. Students may also complete a minor in physics. At the graduate level, the Department of Physics and Astronomy offers an MS in physics and a PhD in physics.

You can learn more about these degrees and the department at our website:

For an in-depth look at UMSL's physic and astronomy courses, visit:

UMSL At A Glance

The University of Missouri–St. Louis is the largest public research university located in Missouri's most populous and economically important region. Founded in 1963, we enroll nearly 17,000 students, and we are home to more than 1,400 faculty members.

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