Description of the Physics and Electrical & Computer Engineering Double Degree Program

The combined Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Physics and BS in Electrical & Computer Engineering five year double degree program is recommended for students interested in seeking employment in industrial, governmental, or private organizations that require a strong theoretical science and applied engineering background and for those students that are seeking to continue their academic careers in either graduate school or professional/medical school.

Physics advising questions should be directed to Professor Fred Leibsle (leibslef@umkc.edu).

University Requirements

General Education

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.

Constitution Course 

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.

RooWriter Assessment

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.

Exit Examinations

Information on exit examinations and/or major field exams is available in the Undergraduate Academic Regulations and Information section of the catalog.

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 16
Science and Math Division of CAS6
Social and Behavioral Sciences Division of CAS6
Writing Intensive Course (300-level or above)3
Foreign Language (3rd Semester Level)9
MATH 110College Algebra (or any 200-level or above Math/Stat course) 23
or MATH 116 Mathematics For Liberal Arts
or MATH 120 Precalculus
Laboratory Science Experience1
Total Credits34
1

ENGLISH 110, ENGLISH 225, COMM-ST 110, and foreign language courses at 211 or below do not fulfill this requirement.

2

This requirement may be fulfilled by courses from either the UMKC General Education Core or the College of Arts and Sciences Degree Requirements.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students graduating with a BS degree in Physics and a BS degree in Electrical & Computer Engineering will:

  • Have a functional knowledge of the basic areas of physics and electrical & computer engineering.
  • 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 and a BS in Electrical & Computer Engineering will be prepared for entry into professional schools, graduate programs, or the job market for career employment.

Course Requirements for the Physics BS and Electrical & Computer Engineering BS Double Degree Program

Because of the condensed format of the program, students are strongly advised to contact the Physics undergraduate advisor (Prof. Fred Leibsle (leibslef@umkc.edu)) and the Electrical & Computer Engineering undergraduate advisor as early as possible before beginning this program.