Undergraduate Programs

Physics provides the fundamental foundation for science and technology. Many undergraduate fields of study require one or more courses in physics. The physics major at UWM consists of a variety of physics and astronomy courses that cover both classical and modern (quantum) physics. Beside learning the physical principles, students will the develop the analytic and modeling skills that are prized in the overall job market.

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Physics Professor Michael Weinert and engineering graduate student Haikui Pu display the atomic structure of graphene monoxide (GMO)

In a typical year, about half of all physics graduates nation-wide enter the job market and half enter graduate schools. Of those who take jobs in the private sector, some work in manufacturing and some in service industries. Jobs include research and development, technical service, programming, finance, and marketing. For those employed by government agencies, the most common activities are research, development, and design, though a significant number enter military service each year.

Those who go to graduate schools are equipped not only to study physics, but also astronomy, engineering, mathematics, materials science, biophysics, medical physics, geophysics, and many other fields. UWM students have had outstanding success in being admitted into prestigious graduate school programs.

Undergraduate Research

UWM’s Office of Undergraduate Research provides a unique opportunity for undergraduates to gain hands-on research experience. As early as freshman year, students can work side-by-side with physics faculty members and graduate students on current research projects. Such research experiences help students apply their course skills to tasks such as electronic instrumentation, data acquisition and analysis, software development, and equipment design.