Major in Physical Science


The major in Physical Science is offered as part of a joint dual degree program with the University of Missouri – Kansas City (UM-KC). It includes the study of both chemistry and physics, and is designed to provide the necessary undergraduate background for the pursuit of an engineering degree.

Requirements for a Major in Physical Science

40 hours of coursework, consisting of the following:

All of the following:

CHM131 General Chemistry I 4
CHM132 General Chemistry II 4
CSC115 Introduction to Database and Reports 3
CSC135 Computer Science I 3
ECO111 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
PHY220 General Physics I 4
PHY230 General Physics II 4
PHY335W Thermodynamics and Spectroscopy 4
PSC150 American Government (National) 3
S&M286 Problem Solving in Science and Mathematics 2
An additional 18 hours total must be taken at the University of Missouri – Kansas City to complete the degree, including two elective courses taken from the upper-level (300-level or higher) engineering courses at UM-KC. 18
TOTAL:   40

Plus the following required supporting courses:

MAT171 Calculus with Analytic Geometry I 4
MAT271 Calculus with Analytic Geometry II 4
MAT272 Calculus with Analytic Geometry III 4
MAT275 Differential Equations 3
MAT310 Probability and Statistics 3
MAT315 Linear Algebra 3

Recommended elective courses (depending on engineering specialty at UM-KC):

BUA311 Entrepeneurship 3
CHM220 Organic Chemistry I 4
CHM250 Quantitative Analysis 4
CSC286 Programming in Visual Basic 3
CSC301W Systems and Design 3

Requirements for a Major in Elementary Education with a Physical Science Specialization

26 hours of coursework found here