Are you curious about how the world works? Do you love to solve problems and make new discoveries? Would you like to explore the Universe? Physics is the basis for many other fields of study and is a key fundamental science. Perhaps a major in physics or minor in astronomy is what you are looking for?
Our department provides a high quality education along with professional-level research. We pride ourselves on personalized instruction for our students both in the classroom and in the laboratory. Students who have graduated with a major in physics have gone on to work as technicians, support specialists, and design engineers, just to name a few positions. They find jobs locally (e.g., Werner Electric, Kimberly-Clark), nationally (e.g., Raytheon, National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory), or go to graduate school (e.g., Florida State University, Georgia Institute of Technology, San Francisco State University, Minnesota State University - Mankato) after graduation.
We know that students have different career paths, which is why we have different emphases within our physics major as well as offer minors in astronomy and physics. We also know how important it is for students to have exposure to professional-level research. Most of our students conduction one-on-one research projects with a faculty member. Areas of research include the creation and study of nanofibers, spectroscopy of exotic materials, studying the stellar populations of stars within and outside our Galaxy, and modeling how physics is learned. Students often present their research at local and national conferences. In many cases, their research is published in professional journals.
We are proud to providing a quality education while offering a personalized experience for each student. Many of our students have said that our department feels like a family. We hope that you consider studying physics at UW Oshkosh. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our Department Chair, Nadia Kaltcheva. Also, check out our Facebook page for current activities in the department and past student-research projects.