The Physics Department at UM-Rolla offers graduate students a challenging and personalized environment in which to pursue their education and training to be a scientist. The department has a relatively small, but highly professional graduate program in harmony with the university which offers a high tech, but small school atmosphere.
The department's extensive and well-funded research programs provide numerous opportunities for graduate students to work with internationally recognized faculty on projects at the forefront of science. The atmosphere is casual, but scholarly, with an emphasis on individual attention and instruction. The department strives to give students the theoretical and/or experimental skills appropriate to their professional goals. As part of our program, all of our students gain expertise in creatively using modern computer systems to study and solve their problems.
Our educational mixture has proven successful. As a result of their experience at UM-Rolla, our graduates have obtained quality positions in industry, government, business, and academia at high salaries.
Two-thirds of Missouri S&T physics undergraduates go on to attend graduate school, many at the most prestigious first-tier schools in the country. Those who finish with a bachelor's degree have been very successful in finding exciting employment opportunities in today's high-tech industries. Missouri S&T physics graduates have gone on to lead and manage major research efforts at leading industrial companies, to be professors and chairmen at leading academic universities, and to work in areas ranging from law and medicine to ecophysics and astrophysics.