As a physics major at Truman, you will pursue a rigorous training in the theories and practice of physics, learning to think independently and critically and work with modern technology and equipment in a competitive and supportive academic environment.
Choose your own path
If you're interested in engineering, you have two options:
At Truman, you can double major in physics and mathematics, then pursue a master's degree in education (MAE). If you plan to teach physics and math at the high school level, you can apply for our Noyce Scholars Program, which provides scholarships for undergraduate junior and senior years and one year of graduate school.
Focus On Research
Work closely with faculty mentors on theoretical, experimental, or computational research projects. Present your findings at Truman's Undergraduate Research Symposium, state-wide or national conference.
With Truman's 16:1 faculty to student ratio, you will work closely with professors - not graduate teaching assistants - in intimate classes and labs. With an average of 6-12 students in physics classes beyond the introductory level, you won't get lost in the large lecture halls typical of large universities.
Preparing for Lives That Matter
After you complete your physics program, you will be ready to teach, compete for top grad schools, or enter the workforce as a researcher, engineer or beyond.
Our alumni benefit from the competitive and supportive academic environment at Truman - and employers know it. Here is where some have ended up after graduation:
Graduate school in physics at:
Other graduate programs at:
Employment and other training:
Download the Physics Handbook for more detailed information.
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