Physics and Astronomy
These catalog pages are here to guide you regarding the central facts of the degree programs offered by Physics and Astronomy.
University of Missouri-Kansas City
Physics and Astronomy
5100 Rockhill Road
Kansas City, MO 64110-2499
5110 Rockhill Road, Room 257
Robert H. Flarsheim Science and Technology Hall
Fred M. Leibsle
Elizabeth P. Stoddard
Paul M. Rulis, Mark Brodwin
Anthony N. Caruso
Daniel H. McIntosh, Da-Ming Zhu
Fred M. Leibsle (chair), Elizabeth P. Stoddard, Mark Brodwin, Paul Rulis
Associate Teaching Professor:
Robert C. Riggs
Associate Research Professor:
Michelle M. Paquette
Paul J. Bryant, Wai-Yim Ching (Curators' Professor), Richard D. Murphy, Marvin R. Querry (Curators' Professor), John R. Urani
Associate Professors Emeriti:
James R. Beacham, Richard C. Waring
James R. Beacham; Associate Professor Emeritus of Physics; B.S., M.S., Ph.D. (Purdue University).
Mark Brodwin2,3; Associate Professor of Physics; B.S. (McGill University); M.S., Ph.D. (University of Toronto).
Paul J. Bryant; Professor Emeritus of Physics; B.S. (Rockhurst College); M.S., Ph.D. (St. Louis University).
Anthony Caruso2,3; Curators' Professor of Physics; B.A. (Bethany College); M.S., Ph.D. (University of Nebraska).
Fred M. Leibsle; Chair, Associate Professor of Physics; B.S. (University of Wisconsin); Ph.D. (University of Illinois).
Daniel H. McIntosh2,3; Professor of Physics; B.S. (University of California, LA); Ph.D. (University of Arizona).
Richard D. Murphy; Professor Emeritus of Physics; B.A. (University of Colorado); M.A., Ph.D. (University of Minnesota).
Michelle Paquette, Associate Research Professor; B.Sc. Chemistry, University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada; Ph.D. Chemistry, University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Marvin R. Querry; former Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs, and Curators' Professor Emeritus of Physics; B.S. (University of Missouri-Kansas City); M.S., Ph.D. (Kansas State University).
Paul Rulis2,3; Associate Professor of Physics; B.S. (Virginia Tech); Ph.D. (University of Missouri-Kansas City).
Elizabeth P. Stoddard2; Associate Professor of Physics; B.A. (William Jewell College); M.S., Ph.D. (Washington University).
John R. Urani; Professor Emeritus of Physics; B.S., M.S., Ph.D. (University of Missouri-Columbia).
Richard C. Waring; Associate Professor Emeritus; B.A. (William Jewell College); M.A. (University of Arkansas).
Da-Ming Zhu2,3; Professor of Physics; B.S. (University of Science and Technology of China); M.S., Ph.D. (University of Washington).
Associate or Adjunct Graduate Faculty
Members of UMKC Graduate Faculty
Members of UMKC Doctoral Faculty
Located at UM-St. Louis campus
There are no special prerequisites for beginning either the Bachelor of Arts (BA) or the Bachelor of Science (BS) degree programs in Physics. High-school physics and a good working knowledge of algebra and arithmetic are desirable for entering the BS program. However, any deficiencies may be overcome by taking the appropriate coursework. In order to ensure that the appropriate courses are taken, students are encouraged to consult with the undergraduate advisor for physics (Professor Elizabeth Stoddard, email@example.com) or the undergraduate advisor for astronomy (Professor Dan McIntosh, firstname.lastname@example.org) before beginning the major.
Students that are interested in pursuing Teacher Certification in Physics should contact the School of Education, Social Work and Psychological Sciences for admissions and advising.
- Astronomy Minor
- Physics Minor
- Bachelor of Science: Physics with an Emphasis in Astronomy
- Bachelor of Science: Physics and Electrical & Computer Engineering Double Degree
Career Implications of the Bachelor's Degree in Physics
The BS/BA degree is recommended for students interested in seeking employment in any organization that requires a strong science or technology background. Graduates with a physics degree who enter fields other than science and technology generally find that the reasoning skills and quantitative problem-solving strategies that are developed in a physics program will help their career advancement.
Students that earn a BS degree in Physics are well positioned for continuing their education in graduate school and professional/medical school while those attaining a BS or BA degree in Physics are well positioned for entering the job market in virtually any field of endeavor. There are many career opportunities for holders of either the BS or BA degree in Physics including such possibilities as: researcher in a government/corporate lab, engineer (electrical, mechanical, etc.), science journalist, technology entrepreneur, financial/actuarial analyst, hardware/software developer, chemist, K-12 educator, materials scientist, meteorologist/seismologist, health practitioner, legal analyst, elected political official, etc.
Undergraduate course offerings are available in the course offerings section of the catalog.