Physics students are encouraged to conduct original research with a faculty member and present results at regional, national and even international conferences.
Small classes allow you to interact and connect with your professors
Baker science majors get more hands-on experience in one year than many students at larger universities get in their entire college careers.
Physics students are well prepared for summer internships in engineering, nuclear energy and technology fields. Students also participate in National Science Foundation research projects across the country.
The new Ivan L. Boyd Center for Collaborative Science Education features state-of-the-art technology, extensive lab space and comfy spots for studying.
Baker University, one of the region’s top liberal arts universities, offers a 3+2 preengineering program in several engineering fields. The program leads to a degree from Baker and a degree from either the University of Kansas (KU), in Lawrence, Kan., Washington University (Wash U), in Saint Louis, Mo., or the University of Missouri at Kansas City (UMKC).
Preengineering students may major in whatever they like at Baker; however, math, physics, chemistry or biology is recommended.
You will spend three years at Baker then transfer to KU, Wash U or UMKC. After two more years of study, you will earn two degrees: a Bachelor of Science from Baker University and an engineering degree from KU, Wash U or UMKC. For students with limited background in mathematics (an ACT score of less than 20 and grade of C or lower in your last non-AP math class) we offer a longer program.
Explore Your Options Before Choosing a Field of Study
Most engineering schools require you to choose a field of engineering in the first year of study. In our program you learn about the different fields without having to commit to one. If you ultimately choose not to go into engineering, you may complete a degree in physics, computer science, chemistry or math in four years.
Flexibility to Participate in Extracurricular Activities
If you are involved in extracurricular activities at Baker and would like to complete four years here and then transfer, that is an option. In that case, you should still follow the suggested program, and we cannot guarantee that you will finish the engineering program in less than two years once you are done at Baker. Also, in some cases, accommodations have been made for strong students to continue their extracurricular activities at Baker while attending nearby KU.
Scholarships in Your First Year
Based on your high school GPA and ACT or SAT scores, you may be eligible for one of several general academic scholarships. Learn which academic scholarships are available in your first year.