All options require that students take at least 15 credits in advanced-level courses (numbered 300 and above) 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, and students must attain a 2.5 GPA on all major credits attempted, including transfer work. In addition, the College also has requirements regarding the minimum number of credits at the 300-level and above (36 credits, with at least 30 credits from courses approved as advanced L&S natural science), and for General Education Requirements – please check with an L&S advisor for the latest information.
All students in the College are required to complete a research experience in their majors. Physics majors meet this requirement by successfully completing one of the following upper-level, 3-credit laboratory courses (Physics 406, 408, 409, 410, and 670):
How do I declare my Physics major?
Simply visit with an undergraduate advisor and fill out a short form to enroll.
Planning Your Major
Standard Physics Major
A typical course of study for the standard physics major (including the math co- and pre-requisites) is:
|Year 1||Physics 209 (Math 232(C))||Physics 210 (Math 233(C))|
|Physics 214||Physics 215|
|Year 2||Physics 309 (Math 234(C))||Physics 317|
|Physics 370||Physics 411|
|Year 3||Physics 420 (Math 321(P))||Physics 422|
|Physics 441 (Math 321(C))||Physics 442|
|Advanced Physics Lab|
Physics Colloquia and Seminars
The Physics Colloquium and Seminar Program is a series of physics talks for faculty members, postdocs, graduate and advanced undergraduate students, and the public interested in physics.
A list of upcoming colloquia and seminars is posted on the departmental home page. Everyone is welcome to attend.