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Bachelor of Science in Education Degree

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Science students who would like to become teachers may earn a Bachelor of Science in Education degree in physics, which provides certification to teach all levels of physics in grades 9-12.

The physics degree programs at UCM provide a balanced curriculum of classroom instruction and practical laboratory experience. All teacher education programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

About the Faculty

Active research, workshop and seminar participation keeps physics and chemistry faculty members current with the ever-advancing field of science. In addition to a wide range of academic and professional experience, all faculty members in Physics have earned doctorates in their fields of expertise.

The program's caring and experienced faculty members support individualized attention for their students, and the university's low student to faculty ratio allows for such personalized activity. Classroom learning is reinforced through practical laboratory experiences, and the use of instrumentation is emphasized.


The Physics offices are located in the W. C. Morris Science Building. The facilities include areas for general instructional use, audio-visual facilities, a library study area and modern laboratories in various areas of specialization. The program also has modern, well-equipped computer laboratories in physics, as well as electronic classrooms.

Student Involvement

Students are encouraged to supplement their academic programs through participation in campus organizations of special professional, service and academic interest. The Society of Physics Students provides opportunities for members to have personal and informal association with the physics faculty outside the classroom. The society meet regularly, sponsor lectures on contemporary science topics, and provide avenues of participation for campus activities.

Students who merit academic recognition may be invited to join one or more of the honorary societies in science, such as Sigma Pi Sigma.

Students are considered for employment as laboratory or program assistants after completion of a minimum amount of training and study. This opportunity provides valuable teaching, research and technical experience.

Career Services

UCM's Office of Career Services assists students seeking internships, summer and campus jobs, part-time, and full-time employment. They also provide assistance with writing cover letters and resumes and offer a career library, mock interviews, and career counseling. The office also serves representatives of business, government, industry, and education who are looking for prospective employees. Over 700 employers visit UCM each year to conduct interviews on campus. Career Services may be reached at 660-543-4985 or Visit their website at

Scholarships & Financial Aid

UCM's Student Financial Services Office offers nearly $7 million in merit-based scholarships each year to students who demonstrate academic excellence, leadership, special talents, or potential in a specific field of study. The primary mission of the office is to help students and their families identify and apply for appropriate financial resources to help pay the educational and living expenses they'll incur to attend UCM. Student Financial Services may be reached at 660-543-8266 or visit their website at

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