Professors:Pillai, Sudhakaran (Chair);
Physics Department Honors Program
A. Junior standing
B. 15 credits in physics or astronomy including one 300-level course
C. 3.25 cumulative grade point average in physics or astronomy courses and a 3.00 cumulative grade point average
D. Recommended by two faculty members in physics department
A. Completion of a regular major program in physics (which may also include an emphasis)
B. PHY 497: Physics and Astronomy Seminar, 1 cr.
C. PHY 498: Physics and Astronomy Research, 3 cr.
A. A cumulative 3.50 grade point average in physics at the time of graduation and a 3.00 cumulative grade point average
B. Distinguished performance on a project developed in PHY 498
C. Presentation of the project developed in PHY 498 to a seminar of faculty and students
IV. Methods of Implementation
1. Announcement of program in sophomore-level physics and astronomy classes
2. Application form
a. Academic record
b. Reasons for wishing to participate
c. Signatures of two faculty members in physics
1. PHY 497: Physics and Astronomy Seminar will be offered each semester
2. PHY 498: Physics and Astronomy Research will be offered each semester
A. Honors certificate
B. Notation on permanent academic record
All physics majors and minors are strongly encouraged to register for one credit of PHY 497 every semester.
Major and/or minor requirements differ for students in the College of Liberal Studies, the College of Science and Allied Health, and the College of Business Administration from those in the School of Education and the College of Health, Physical Education and Recreation.
School of Education and the College of Health, Physical Education and Recreation students are required to complete 34 credits for a physics major and 22 credits for a physics minor. Any combination of the courses listed below within each major, emphasis or minor is allowed except those that apply to General Education.
Mathematics majors wishing a double major in mathematics and physics may count PHY 461 (cross-listed with MTH 461) and PHY 470 for credit in both the mathematics major and the physics major. Mathematics majors may count PHY 461 (cross-listed with MTH 461) and PHY 470 for credit in both the mathematics major and the physics minor.
Dual Degree Program in Engineering and Physics
This is a special dual degree program which enables a student to receive both a Bachelor of Science (physics major) from UW-La Crosse and a Bachelor of Science (engineering major) from UW-Madison, College of Engineering, UW-Milwaukee, College of Engineering, or the University of Minnesota, Institute of Technology. The total length of time for both degrees is expected to be five years with approximately three years at UW-La Crosse and approximately two years at UW-Madison, UW-Milwaukee, or U. of Minnesota. At UW-La Crosse, students must complete a minimum of 85 credits, including the General Education requirements and CHM 103, 104; C-S 120; MTH 207, 208, 309, 310; PHY 103 or 203, 104 or 204, 250 and four out of the following eight courses: PHY 302, 303, 311, 321, 332, 335, 343, 401; plus an additional three credits in PHY 498 or other courses in any area of experimental physics. (Students are recommended to include ECO 110 and ECO 120.) Students wishing a dual degree in Chemical Engineering and Physics via this program must also complete an additional specified course (or courses) in chemistry.
Students who express interest in the dual degree program will be selected for entrance into the UW-Madison, UW-Milwaukee or U. of Minnesota portion of the program based on their G.P.A. in all course work; their G.P.A. in the chemistry, computer science, mathematics, and physics course work required by the program; and the positive recommendation of the UW-La Crosse Physics Department Chair (or designee). Qualified UW-La Crosse applicants are assured admission in the College of Engineering at UW-Madison or UW-Milwaukee or the Institute of Technology at U. of Minnesota.
In order to receive the B.S. degree (physics major) from UW-La Crosse, students must also complete the remaining 35 credits (to total a minimum of 120 credits) in engineering at UW-Madison, UW-Milwaukee, or U. of Minnesota and transfer these credits to UW-La Crosse. For the typical student, the remaining 35 credits must include at least 15 credits at the 300 level or above and at least 13 credits from the College of Engineering or the Institute of Technology. This transfer of credits and awarding of the B.S. degree (physics major) by UW-L can take place as soon as the student earns the necessary credits.
(Liberal Studies, Business, Science and Allied Health) - 38 credits, including 29 credits of the following core courses: PHY 103 or 203, 104 or 204, 250, 302, 303, 311, 321, 332, 343, 401 and at least nine credits from electives numbered higher than PHY 250 or from any AST course.
Physics Major with Computational Physics Emphasis
(Liberal Studies, Business, Science and Allied Health) - 39 credits, including 24 credits of the following core physics courses: PHY 103 or 203, 104 or 204, 250, 311 or 335, 332 or 401, 464, 474 and 15 credits of the following computer science courses: C-S 120, 220, 340, 270; C-S 331 or MTH 371.
Physics Major with Optics Emphasis
(Liberal Studies, Business, Science and Allied Health) - 40 credits, including: PHY 103 or 203, 104 or 204, 250, 302, 303, 311, 321, 332, 335, 343, 401, 476 and three credits of 498 with a project in optics. (This emphasis is also especially suitable for chemistry students.)
Physics Major with Business Concentration
(Liberal Studies, Business, Science and Allied Health) - 55 credits, including: PHY 103 or 203, 104 or 204, 250, 302, 303, 311, 335, and at least eight additional credits of electives in physics numbered higher than PHY 250 or from any AST course; ECO 110, 120; ACC 221, 222; FIN 355; MKT 309; MGT 308, 408; and electives in accounting, economics, finance, management, marketing and physics.