Physics Major

General Requirements

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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, 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

Details of courses and their prerequisites can be found in the Undergraduate Catalog.

Standard Physics Major

A typical course of study for the standard physics major (including the math co- and prerequisites) is:

Fall Spring
Year 1 Physics 219 or Physics 220 or
Physics 209 (Math 232(C)) and Physics 210 (Math 233(C)) and
Physics 214 Physics 215
Year 2 Physics 309 (Math 234(C)) Physics 370
Physics 317 Physics 411
Physics 325
Year 3 Physics 420 (Math 321(P)) Physics 422
Physics 441 (Math 321(C)) Physics 442
Advanced Physics Lab*

*Note: You should talk to the Physics Advisor to discuss which electives and advanced laboratories to take and during which semester.

Recent Approved Prerequisite Changes

As of February 10, 2016 the following Physics course prerequisite changes have been approved (may not immediately appear in the Undergraduate Course Catalog, Course Timetables, or other listings):

1. Physics 325 – Optics; Math 234 (Prerequisite) & Physics 309 (Concurrent Registration) or consent of the instructor.
2. Physics 370 – Analytical and Numerical Methods in Physics (Title changed from Computational Physics); Physics 309 (Prerequisite), Math 234 (Prerequisite) or ElecEng 234 (Prerequisite) or consent of the instructor.

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.