The Physics Department offers a comprehensive education to help students gain a greater understanding of the universe and how it can be applied to life. With flexible academic paths, students can personalize their education to pursue a variety of areas from electronics and engineering to astronomy and other scientific applications. Students build close connections with their professors in this close-knit community while pursuing rigorous training in physics.
Degrees and Programs
Research and Labs
Physics students work with faculty mentors on theoretical, experimental, and computational research projects and can present their findings at Truman's Student Research Conference, as well as state-wide and national conferences. Students have access to labs with physics-specific software where they can practice what they learn in the classroom.
Physics students have exceptional access to the University's Observatory, which is used by faculty and students engaged in astronomical research. The Observatory also holds viewing events open to the public.
Physics Student Organizations
With nationally-recognized physics societies, an organization for women in physics, and a club that revolves around stargazing, physics students have plenty of opportunities to engage with like-minded peers and build professional connections.
The Physics Department invites guest speakers from science and engineering departments of other universities, government labs and industry to talk about their work. Students learn about topics of current interest in physics and engineering.
Physics Department Goals
- To help students appreciate and understand the process of science, in particular its ever-changing nature, the fact that it is a human endeavor, the back and forth between experiment and abstract reasoning, and the importance of internal consistency;
- To stimulate life-long, independent learning;
- To awaken and nurture appreciation for the beauty of physics;
- To contribute to a realistic understanding of technology and its role in society.
To provide an environment where all our students:
- Develop a broad and coherent knowledge of physics;
- Experience activities unique to scientific research;
- Develop positive work habits, including collaboration, self-discipline, high aspirations, responsibility and honesty;
- Are successful in graduate school, professional school, engineering school, or in the workforce.