Choose the Bachelor of Arts in Physics if you desire a strong training in physics with the flexibility of pursuing another subject in depth. With a strong focus on critical thinking, problem solving, and the ability to work and learn independently, the BA in Physics prepares students for many career paths such as law or medical school, secondary school teaching, or engineering.
Work closely with faculty mentors on theoretical, experimental, or computational research projects. Present your findings at Truman’s Student Research Conference, state-wide or national conferences.
Engage in research with a faculty mentor. There are ample opportunities! Research is a requirement of the BS degree, and it culminates with a presentation at a local, state, or national professional conference. Physics majors also take advantage of Research Experience for Undergraduates (REUs) sites at various universities and national labs.
Recent and current student projects include:
Construction of a numerical action minimizer
Diode laser atom trap
Magnetic damping by eddy currents
Modal characteristics of clarinet reeds
Nonlinear dynamics and chaos
Propagation of surface elastic waves
Ultrasonic studies of tissue
Advanced laboratory course includes individual experiments and projects.
Physics-dedicated computer lab with physics-specific software; some introductory level labs are computer-based.
After the Degree
Benefit as an alumni from the competitive and supportive academic environment at Truman. Employers seek you out! Here is where some alumni have ended up after graduation:
Graduate school in Physics at:
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Penn State University
University of California-Santa Cruz
University of Maryland
University of Michigan
University of Missouri-Columbia
University of West Virginia
Other graduate programs at:
Applied Math at Purdue University
Chemistry at University of Chicago
Medicine at Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine