Description of the Bachelor of Science Program with an Emphasis in Astronomy
The Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Physics with an Emphasis in Astronomy is recommended for students that are seeking to continue their academic careers in graduate school or for those that are interested in seeking career employment in industrial, governmental, or private organizations that require a strong scientific background.
Astronomy advising questions should be directed to Professor Daniel McIntosh (McIntoshDH@umkc.edu).
The UMKC General Education Core is the university-wide curriculum that all undergraduate students will complete. The 30-credit hour core curriculum includes three course types designated as Anchor, Discourse and Focus and is detailed in the General Education section of the catalog.
Every undergraduate student must take a course covering the United States Constitution and the Missouri State Constitution before graduation. Course options are included in the program requirements section below.
Candidates for all baccalaureate degrees must complete the online UMKC RooWriter Writing Assessment after they have passed Discourse 200 (or its equivalent) but before they have attained 90 credit hours. Incoming transfer students with more than 90 credit hours must complete the RooWriter by the end of their first semester of enrollment or within one semester after passing Discourse 200 (or its equivalent). Students who have not completed the RooWriter Writing Assessment within two semesters after passing Discourse 200 (or its equivalent) will be blocked from enrollment until they successfully complete the RooWriter. Additional information is available in the Undergraduate Academic Regulations and Information section of the catalog.
Information on exit examinations and/or major field exams is available in the Undergraduate Academic Regulations and Information section of the catalog.
Student Learning Outcomes
Students graduating from this program will:
- Have a functional knowledge of the basic areas of astronomy, astrophysics, and physics.
- Be able to integrate their knowledge with critical thinking skills in order to become quantitative problem solvers.
- Be able to clearly articulate scientific information, both orally and in writing.
- Be able to effectively use the scientific literature.
Students graduating with a BS degree in Physics with an Emphasis in Astronomy will be prepared for entry into graduate programs or the job market for career employment.
Program Specific Recommendations for UMKC General Education Core Coursework
|Anchor I 1||3|
|Anchor II 1||3|
|Anchor III 1||3|
|DISC 100||Discourse I: Reasoning and Values (Speech and Writing)||3|
|DISC 200||Discourse II: Culture and Diversity (Writing and Speech)||3|
|DISC 300||Discourse III: Civic and Community Engagement (Speech and Writing)||3|
|Focus A 1||3|
|Focus B (Satisfied in program requirements below)|
|Focus C (May be satisfied by the Constitution course requirement below)|
|Focus Elective (Satisfied in program requirements below)|
|'Total credits' in this section indicates the number of General Education Core credit hours that are not met by the degree specific requirements outlined below.|
See the UMKC General Education Core section of the catalog for available Anchor and Focus course options.
Constitution Course Requirement
Section 170.011.1 of the Missouri Revised Statutes, 2015, states that all candidates for a degree issued by a college or university in the state of Missouri must have “satisfactorily passed an examination on the provisions and principles of the Constitution of the United States and of the state of Missouri, and in American history and American institutions.”
Courses at UMKC that satisfy this state requirement are:
|Choose one of the following:||3|
|The Supreme Court And The Criminal Process|
|U.S. History to 1877 (Focus C) 1|
|U.S. History Since 1877 (Focus C) 1|
|Constitutional History of the United States|
|Honors American Government (Focus C) 1|
|American Government (Focus C) 1|
Course may satisfy both the UMKC General Education Core (Focus C) and Constitution requirements.
There are a few other ways this requirement can be satisfied for students transferring to UMKC:
- Take an equivalent course from the list above at a regionally accredited institution.
- Earn credit for one of the above courses through AP, IB, or CLEP.
- Take a course that directly satisfies the Missouri Constitution Requirement at another Missouri institution.
- Have a previous bachelors degree (or higher) from a regionally accredited institution.
- Have an Associate of Arts degree from a regionally accredited institution.
- Complete the 42 Hour Core at a Missouri institution and have it listed on the official transcript.
College of Arts & Sciences Degree Requirements
Students pursuing the bachelor of arts and bachelor of science degrees must complete a major. Students pursuing the bachelor of liberal arts degree must complete a minor. Additional details are available in the Student Services section of the catalog.
|ALEKS Math Placement|
|Arts and Humanities Division of CAS 1||6|
|Science and Math Division of CAS (Satisfied in program requirements below)|
|Social and Behavioral Sciences Division of CAS||6|
|Writing Intensive Course (300-level or above; Satisfied in program requirements below)|
|College Algebra (or any 200-level or above Math/Stat course; Satisfied in program requirements below)|
or MATH 116
|Mathematics For Liberal Arts|
or MATH 120
|Laboratory Science Experience (Satisfied in program requirements below)|
ENGLISH 110, ENGLISH 225, COMM-ST 110, and foreign language courses at 211 or below do not fulfill this requirement.
This requirement may be fulfilled by courses from either the UMKC General Education Core or the College of Arts and Sciences Degree Requirements.
Students must successfully complete the major requirements below with at least 12 hours of the noted upper division (300+) course requirements completed at UMKC.
|COMP-SCI 101||Problem Solving and Programming I||3|
|MATH 210||Calculus I (Focus B)||4|
|MATH 220||Calculus II||4|
|MATH 250||Calculus III||4|
|General Chemistry I|
and Experimental General Chemistry I (Focus B)
& PHYSICS 250
|Physics For Scientists and Engineers I|
and Physics For Scientists and Engineers II (Focus B)
& PHYSICS 311
and Mechanics II
|PHYSICS 330||Methods Of Theoretical Physics I||3|
|PHYSICS 350||Modern Physics With Engineering Applications||3|
|ASTR/PHYSICS 353||Practical Astronomy||3|
|ASTR/PHYSICS 355||Stellar Astrophysics||3|
|PHYSICS 410||Thermal Physics||3|
& PHYSICS 461
|Electricity And Magnetism I|
and Electricity And Magnetism II
|PHYSICS 472||Introduction To Quantum Mechanics||3|
|PHYSICS 476LW||Advanced Laboratory||3|
|or PHYSICS 395L||Computer Interfacing Laboratory|
Math and Science Requirements
The Bachelor of Science degree requires a minimum of 60 hours in math and science coursework. The number of credit hours needed to meet this minimum requirement are listed below.
|Additional Math/Science Coursework (Satisfied in program requirements above)|
Students must take elective credit hours to meet the minimum credit hour requirement for their degree, including at least 36 credit hours of coursework at the 300-level or above. The minimum required by the university is 120 credit hours, of which at least 30 credit hours must be taken at UMKC, but some degree programs require more.
Minimum GPA: 2.0
Total Credit Hours: 120
Formulating a Plan of Study
In order to ensure that the appropriate courses are taken, students are encouraged to consult with the undergraduate advisor for astronomy (Professor Dan McIntosh, email@example.com) before beginning the major.
Tools for Planning and Fulfilling Academic Requirements
UMKC's Major Maps are detailed, semester by semester plans that lead a student to complete all degree requirements within four years. Plans include benchmarks and critical courses by term that assist a student’s evaluation of progress and major “fit”. In order to ensure that the appropriate courses are taken, students are encouraged to consult with the undergraduate advisor for this major.
UMKC’s Degree Audit System provides an individual evaluation of all degree requirements (General Education Core, Degree Specific, Major Specific, etc.) for student’s officially recorded (Office of Registration and Records) and “what if” plans of study. This evaluation is used to certify all graduation requirements.