physics

Dual Degree Physics/Engineering Program

The information below delineates the required courses needed to complete a
physics major at UW-La Crosse, transfer to the engineering programs at either: UW-Madison, UW-Milwaukee, UW-Platteville, or the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, and complete a two-year engineering major. A three-year sample schedule at UW-La Crosse is included. Consult the current undergraduate catalog for detailed information.

Engineering Core Courses

Fundamental Physics I or General Physics I
Fundamental Physics II or General Physics II
Modern Physics
General Chemistry I and General Chemistry II
Software Design I
Calculus I
Calculus II
Calculus III
Calculus IV

Required Courses

Elective in any area of experimental physics
Physics and Astronomy Research
Plus Four of these Seven Courses (totaling 11 credits)
Experimental Physics
Optics and Optics Laboratory
Classical Mechanics
Electrodynamics
Electronics
Thermodynamics
Quantum Mechanics

In a addition there are general education requirements.

Sample 3-Year Schedule

Year One (freshman year)

Semester One (16 credits) Credits

PHY 203 General Physics I 4
MTH 207 Calculus I 5
ENG 110 College Writing I 3
HST 151 World History to 1500 AD 3
PHY 497 Physics and Astronomy Seminar 1

Semester Two (15 credits)

PHY 204 General Physics II 4
MTH 208 Calculus II 4
SAH 105 Health and Physical Well Being 3
SPC 110 Essentials of Speech Communication 3
PHY 497 Physics and Astronomy Seminar 1

Year Two (sophomore year)

Semester One (16 credits)

PHY 250 Modern Physics 3
PHY 311 Experimental Physics (writing emphasis) 2
MTH 309 Calculus III 4
ART 102 Art Appreciation 2
ECO 110 Microeconomics and Public Policy 3
PHY 497 Physics and Astronomy Seminar 1

Semester Two (15 credits)

PHY 302 Optics 3
PHY 303 Optics Laboratory (writing emphasis) 1
MTH 310 Calculus IV 4
ECO 120 Global Macroeconomics 3
ENG 201 American Literature I 3
PHY 497 Physics and Astronomy Seminar 1

Year Three (junior year)

Semester One (14 credits)

PHY 321 Classical Mechanics 3
PHY 335 Electronics 4
CHM 103 General Chemistry I 5
MUS 105 Music Appreciation 2

Semester Two (15 credits)

PHY 343 Thermodynamics (or PHY 498) 3
W-S 100 Introduction to Women's Studies 3
CHM 104 General Chemistry II 5
C-S 120 Software Design I 4

Students in the dual degree program receive both a Bachelor of Science degree from UW-La Crosse and a B.S. degree from UW-Madison, UW-Milwaukee, UW-Platteville, or the University of Minnesota. Approximate time to complete the program is five years; three years (at least 91 credits) at UW-La Crosse and two years at one of the engineering colleges. Students must meet certain minimum standards to be selected for entrance into the engineering portion of the program; qualified UW-La Crosse applicants are assured admission into any of the engineering colleges listed above.