Physics & Engineering Double Major Requirements

Listed below are the Physics requirements for the Physics and Engineering double major. In addition to the requirements for the major, students must also satisfy all of the university general education requirements and the College of Letters & Science breadth and other degree requirements. Degree requirements will vary depending on when you took your first college class. You are strongly advised to consult your advisor to ensure you stay on track towards a degree. Read more about the L&S Degree Requirements.

Students who intend to double-major in physics and engineering may substitute some specific engineering courses for required physics courses. See the list of possible substitutes below.

Requirements

Total Physics credits

41 credits

Two semesters of calculus-based introductory physics (10 credits)
  • Physics 209 - Physics I (Calculus Treatment)
  • Physics 210 - Physics II (Calculus Treatment)
  • Physics 214 - Lab Physics I (Calculus Treatment)
  • Physics 215 - Lab Physics II (Calculus Treatment)
Required courses (20 credits)
  • Physics 309 - Physics III: Modern Physics
  • Physics 317 - Thermodynamics
    (MechEng 301 - Basic Engineering Thermodynamics may be substituted for Physics 317)
  • Physics 411 - Mechanics
    (CivEng 201 - Statics and CivEng 202 - Dynamics may substitute for Physics 411)
  • Physics 420 - Electricity and Magnetism I
  • Physics 422 - Electricity and Magnetism II
  • Physics 441 - Introduction to Quantum Mechanics I
  • Physics 442 - Introduction to Quantum Mechanics II
    (Students who major in both physics and engineering are not required to take Physics 442; however, it is recommended strongly that they do so.)
Complete one of the following (3 credits)
  • Physics 270 - Introduction to Computational Physics
  • Physics 370 - Computational Physics
  • CivEng 280 - Computer-Based Engineering Analysis
  • CompSci 151 - Introduction to Scientific Programming in Fortran
  • CompSci 201 Introductory Computer Programming
Successfully completing one of the following laboratory courses (3 credits)
(satisfies L&S research requirement)
  • Physics 406 - Introduction to Infrared Microspectroscopy
  • Physics 408 - Experiments in Linear Electronics
  • Physics 409 - Modern Physics Laboratory
  • Physics 410 - Optics Laboratory Optics Laboratory
  • Physics 670 - Electron Microscopy Laboratory
    or
    Physics 391 - Undergraduate Research Participation
Electives from Physics or Astronomy courses 300-level or above
  • Astron 300 - Astronomy I
  • Astron 320 - Astronomy II
  • Physics 305 (405) - Medical Physics
  • Physics 306 - Introduction to Biophysics
  • Physics 325 - Optics
  • Physics 370 - Computational Physics (if not selected above)
  • Physics 391 - Undergraduate Research Participation
  • Physics 406 - Introduction to Infrared Microspectroscopy (if not selected above)
  • Physics 408 - Experiments in Linear Electronics (if not selected above)
  • Physics 409 - Modern Physics Laboratory (if not selected above)
  • Physics 410 - Optics Laboratory (if not selected above)
  • Physics 515 - Statistical Mechanics
  • Physics 517 - Special Relativity
  • Physics 531 - Principles of Quantum Mechanics I
  • Physics 532 - Principles of Quantum Mechanics II
  • Physics 541 - Elementary Particles
  • Physics 551 - Introduction to Solid State Physics I
  • Physics 651 - Introduction to Solid State Physics II
  • Physics 670 - Electron Microscope Laboratory (if not selected above)
GPA Requirements

The Physics Standard option requires that students take at least 15 credits in upper-level (numbered 300 and above) courses in residence at UWM. The College requires that students attain at least a 2.5 GPA on all credits in the major attempted at UWM. In addition, students must attain a 2.5 GPA on all major credits attempted, including any transfer work.