Due to COVID-19, our physical office is closed. However, all classes will be held online and instructors and staff are working remotely. We recommend email or Canvas to reach instructors and email or phone for departmental business.

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NOTICE:  The Physics Department Offices are Closed Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic

The Physics Department offices in Cowley Hall are now closed until further notice, with both Cowley Hall and the Prairie Springs Science Center locked to everyone but those deemed to be essential personnel.  University personnel and UWL students should check their university email account for updates on this evolving situation.  All Physics classes will be held online beginning on Monday, March 30, 2020.  We recommend using email or Canvas to contact instructors.  All Physics Department personnel will work remotely during this shutdown.  The incoming Physics Department voicemail messages (608.785.8429) will be checked daily.  If you leave a message, you should expect a response within 24 hours during the Monday through Friday work week (messages left on Friday may not be responded to until the following Monday).  The Physics Department wishes everyone to remain safe and well during this very difficult time.

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Welcome to the UW-La Crosse Physics Department website.  Our Department has an ongoing history as a nationally recognized leader in physics education and is consistently ranked among the top physics departments in the nation in terms of the highest number of graduating physics majors from a bachelor's degree-only institution.

The Physics Department offers a wide range of physics undergraduate majors and minors, in addition to dual degree programs in physics/engineering and physics/physical therapy.  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.  

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.  In addition, Physics faculty members regularly publish articles in refereed journals and present papers at conferences in their specific research areas

The Department sponsors an active Physics Club, Women in Physics Club, a chapter of the Society of Physics Students, a chapter of Sigma Pi Sigma (the national physics honor society), and the newly formed multidisciplinary group DiSTEM (Diversity in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics).  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 an opportunity for faculty and students to learn about exciting advances in physics and astronomy, as well as the many career opportunities available in physics and engineering.

For further information or to schedule a Department visit, please contact Dr. Taviare Hawkins, Chair of the Physics Department, at thawkins@uwlax.edu  We look forward to hearing from you!