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Undergraduate Programs


The study of physics is an attempt to understand the fundamental nature of the forces and particles and the resultant states of matter that make up the physical world. The Department of Physics and Astronomy at UMSL is devoted to providing undergraduates with a broad - based education in the fundamental concepts of physics and with the experimental and theoretical skills essential to practicing scientists.

Outside the classroom, research opportunities for undergraduates are available in many fields. Undergraduate education in physics prepares students for both graduate study and professional careers. The department offers course work leading to a BA or BS in Physics and, in cooperation with the School of Education, a BA in Physics with teacher certification and a BS in Education with an emphasis in Physics.


Degrees and Areas of Concentration

The Department of Physics and Astronomy offers superb course work leading to the following baccalaureate degrees:

Students seeking to major in physics are first designated as ‘pre-physics majors’ until they have completed both PHYSICS 2111 and PHYSICS 2112 or equivalent courses. Upon successful completion of PHYSICS 2111 and PHYSICS 2112 with grades of C or better, students will be allowed to declare physics as their major. Each of these courses must be completed successfully within two attempts.  Explore Degree Details in the Bulletin >>


Undergraduate Advising

Professor Sonya Bahar is the Undergraduate Advisor for Physics and Astronomy. If you'd like to set up an appointment, please contact her by email at or by phone at 314-516-7150.

Prior to a visit, you may want to consult our Undergraduate Handbook for Physics Majors (PDF) which describes our degree programs in detail.


Financial Aid

All students should explore financial aid opportunities through the Student Financial Aid office.  And, upon admission to UMSL, all students are encouraged to apply for UMSL Competitive Scholarships using the General Scholarship Application Form. Through the general scholarship application, students can review a comprehensive list of scholarships available.

The Department of Physics and Astronomy offers a number of scholarships and awards which undergraduates may be eligible:


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