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    UPCOMING EVENT!   

    2011 Nobel Laureate in Physics, Dr. Adam Riess, will be the

    2014 Distinguished Lecture Series in Physics speaker on October 2-3.  


    There are great opportunities available for incoming freshmen who are planning on a major in physics or physics/engineering.  Click here to learn more.


    Welcome to the UW-L Physics Department website!  This is the best place to find information about our degree programs, faculty, undergraduate research opportunities, student activities, and special announcements.

    The Physics Department offers both a bachelor of science degree in physics and a dual degree in physics/engineering.  In addition, the Department features emphases in Astronomy, Optics, and Computational Physics, as well as physics degrees with Business or Biomedical Concentrations.  The program is designed to give students flexibility in their career choices, whether they are seeking employment in today's high-tech industries, or planning to pursue an advanced degree in a related field of study.

    LaserThe Physics Department is active in several areas of physics research.  Faculty members regularly publish articles in refereed journals and present papers at conferences in the areas of optics, condensed matter physics, nuclear physics, or materials science.  The Physics Department stands out in its emphasis on undergraduate research.  Students typically work with a faculty member on a research project in their specialty area.  This mode of instruction gives students hands-on learning opportunities which are very different from the traditional classroom experience.

    The Physics Department has been highly successful in obtaining grants and awards from external sources such as the National Science Foundation, NASA, and Sun MicroSystems.

    The Department sponsors an active Physics Club, Women in Physics Club, and a chapter of Sigma Pi Sigma, the national physics honor society.  There is also has a weekly seminar program in which faculty, students, and visitors from national labs, high-tech companies, and other universities give presentations.  The seminars provide a time for faculty and students to socialize, to learn about exciting advances in physics and astronomy, and to learn about the many career opportunities in physics and engineering.

    The Department has a ongoing history as a nationally recognized leader in physics education.   Based on the hard work of faculty and staff in the 1990s and early 2000s, we have been highlighted by the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) as one of the most outstanding revitalized physics programs in the nation.  More recently, we have been selected by the American Institute of Physics (AIP) as a model department for providing graduates with career and educational advancement opportunities.  In 2013, The American Physical Society (APS) recognized our Department as a recipient of the Award for Improving Undergraduate Physics Education, one of only four such awards granted annually.  In addition, based on the most recent numbers compiled by the AIP, the UW-L Physics Department is ranked third in the nation, in terms of the number of graduating majors.

    For further information, please contact the Physics Department Chair, Dr. Gubbi Sudhakaran, at gsudhakaran@uwlax.edu or by phone at 608.785.8431.  We would happy to provide you with a free copy of our Department brochure or schedule a Department visit.  We look forward to hearing from you!

    Department of Physics
    University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
    1725 State Street 
    2005 Cowley Hall
    La Crosse, WI 54601  

    Office:   (608) 785-8429
    Fax:        (608) 785-8403