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    • News Flash!

      2015 Distinguished Lecture Series in Physics Speaker Announced

      David J. Gross, Ph.D., UC Santa Barbara, The Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics

      2004 Nobel Laureate in Physics

    • 2015 Public Lecture Series

      April 8-9, 2015

      Guest Speaker:  Helen Quinn, Ph.D.
      Professor Emerita of Particle Physics and  Astrophysics
      SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory


    • PHY 497 Guest Speaker

      Paul Thomas, PhD, UW-Eau Claire
      "Modeling the 1908 Tunguska Explosion:  Airburst of a Near Earth Asteroid"
      Date:  Wednesday, April 1, 2015


    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.  Check out the latest issue of our Department newsletter UW-L Physics NOW.

    The Physics Department offers 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.  Please check out the latest issue of UW-L Physics NOW, our Department Newsletter.

    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 astrophysics, biophysics, nuclear physics, physics education, surface and materials physics, theoretical/computational physics, and quantum optics.  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 research grants and awards from many organizations, including the National Science Foundation and NASA.

    The Department sponsors an active Physics Club, Women in Physics Club, and a chapter of Sigma Pi Sigma, the national physics honor society.  The Department 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.   We have been highlighted by the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) as one of the most outstanding revitalized physics programs in the nation.  In addition, 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.  Based on the most recent numbers compiled by the AIP, the UW-L Physics Department is ranked second in the nation, in terms of the number of graduating majors.

    For further information, please contact the Physics Department Chair, Dr. Gubbi Sudhakaran, at or by phone at 608.785.8431.  We would happy to 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