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The Major(s), with Emphases and/or Options

1.  Physics Major

  • Professional Physics Emphasis

    Recommended for students who seek employment in the field of Physics or Astronomy or who are preparing for graduate studies in Physics, Astronomy or related fields.
    • Required Units (crs.): 43 minimum

    • Required Courses: In addition to the Core Courses:

      • Physics: Physics/Astronomy 417, 419, 422, 491.

      • Mathematics: Mathematics 375, 376.

    • Electives: Sufficient courses from the Department's offerings in Groups 2 and 3 to meet the Minimum Requirement.

    • Comment:

      37 units (crs.) of Physics and six units (crs.) of Mathematics are required for this emphasis
  • Applied Physics Emphasis

    Recommended for students who seek employment in the application of physics and computing to scientific and technical areas.

    • Required Units (crs.): 38 minimum

    • Required Courses: In addition to the Core Courses:

      • Physics: Physics/Astronomy 305.

    • Electives: Sufficient courses from the Department's offerings in Groups 2 and 3 to meet the Minimum Requirement.

  • Secondary Education Emphasis

    Recommended for students who plan to teach Physics at the secondary school level.

    • Required Units (crs.): 38 minimum

    • Required Courses: In addition to the Physics Core Courses:

      • Physics: Physics/Astronomy 305, 335.

    • Electives: Sufficient courses from the Department's offerings in Groups 2 and 3 to meet the Minimum Requirement.

  • Physics/Engineering Dual Degree Emphasis

Recommended for students who seek both Bachelor of Science in Physics and Bachelor of Engineering degrees.

The required courses needed to complete a Physics major at UW Oshkosh before transferring to the University of Minnesota to complete an engineering major are outlined below.  Students who successfully complete the dual degree program requirements receive both a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in physics from UW Oshkosh and a Bachelor of Engineering degree with a major in a selected engineering field at the University of Minnesota.  Completion of the program will normally take a minimum of five years, three (or more) at UW Oshkosh to complete the physics major and the College of Letters and Science Bachelor of Science requirements, and an additional two (or more) at the engineering school of choice to complete the engineering degree requirements.

Students must meet the course requirements for the University Studies Program (USP) (general education) and for a Bachelor of Science degree in the College of Letters and Science at UW Oshkosh  Credits to satisfy general education requirements may be transferred back from the engineering school, but students are responsible for ensuring they meet requirements.
Students must meet the grade point average requirements of UW Oshkosh with regard to USP courses and courses taken in physics at UW Oshkosh.
Students must meet the UW Oshkosh requirement for 35 upper level course credits. Courses designated as upper level by the engineering school to which the student has transferred will be included in the upper level credit count to meet the UW Oshkosh requirement.

Normally, students will complete about 90 credits at UW Oshkosh before transferring to their engineering school of choice. If a student transfers courses in to UW Oshkosh, the student will still be required to complete 30 credits of UW Oshkosh courses to qualify for the Bachelor of Science degree with a major in physics from UW Oshkosh.
The UW Oshkosh residency requirement stating that 15 of the student's last 30 credits must be taken at UW Oshkosh will be waived for these students.
Note that the destination engineering schools may have additional requirements for admission (e.g., a minimum grade point average). Consult with an adviser in Physics/Astronomy for a list of current requirements.

The B.S. degree with a major in Physics will be awarded after the student has transferred the necessary courses from the destination engineering school and has met the requirements for a B.S. degree from UW Oshkosh and the requirements for the physics major specified above.

  • Required courses:
    • Physics:
      • Physics 109 General Physics I 5 cr.
      • Physics 110 General Physics II 5 cr.
      • Physics 206 Modern Physics 3 cr.
      • Physics 222 Physics Laboratory I 2 cr.
    • Mathematics: 
      • Mathematics 171 Calculus I 4 cr.
      • Mathematics 172 Calculus II 4 cr.
      • Mathematics 273 Calculus III 4 cr.
      • Mathematics 256 Introduction to Linear Mathematics 3 cr.
      • Mathematics 371 Differential Equations 3 cr.
         
        (or Combined Linear Algebra/Differential Equations course from the destination engineering school.)
Total Math credits required (from UW Oshkosh or equivalent), including math courses listed in the required core above: Three to five courses: 12-18 cr.
    • Chemistry: 
      • Chemistry 105 General Chemistry I 5 cr.
      • Chemistry 106 General Chemistry II 5 cr.
    • Physics: 
      • Physics 320 Classical Physics 3 cr., or Physics 201 and 202 (the equivalent may be taken at the destination engineering school).
    Important Note: Students who intend to major in engineering programs such as mechanical or civil engineering that requires Statics & Dynamics must complete those courses as part of the engineering degree requirements: i.e., the engineering school will not accept UW Oshkosh Physics 320 as a replacement for Physics 201 and Physics 202.  In this case, it is in the student's best interest to take Statics and Dynamics as part of their physics degree.

    • Other Required Courses: 11 additional credits from the following list of UW Oshkosh courses:
      • Physics:
        • Physics 305, 307, 311, 319, 322, 408, 417, 419, 451, 491.
          Total Physics credits required:  29-32 crs.
      • A minimum of 30 credits applied to the degree must be earned in UW Oshkosh courses.
      • Within the course credits transferred back from the destination engineering school to UW Oshkosh, there must be:
        • Sufficient approved upper division engineering and physics course for the student to have at least 36 credits in physics and engineering courses, including the minimum 29-32 UW Oshkosh physics credits listed above.
        • sufficient credits to meet the required total of 120 credits and the 35 upper division credits required for graduation at UW Oshkosh.

                    2.  Electrical Engineering Technology Major

                    Recommended for students who wish to implement and apply the principles of electrical engineering.  With a greater focus on application and implementation, electrical engineering technologists help design, develop, test, and manufacture electrical and electronic equipment such as communication equipment, radar and industrial systems, medical monitoring equipment, control devices, and computer technology.  As the largest branch of engineering technology, it includes a diverse range of disciplines including electronics, embedded systems, control systems, instrumentation, telecommunications, and power systems.
                    • Required Units (crs.): 77 minimum
                    • Required Courses:
                      • Support Courses:
                        • Mathematics: Math 171, 172
                        • Physics: Physics 107 or 109
                        • Physics: Physics 108 or 110
                      • Fundamentals Courses:
                        • Engineering Technology: Engineering Technology 101, 105, 130, 131, 142, 150, 232, 233, 240
                        • Physics: Physics 311
                      • Advanced Courses:
                        • Engineering Technology: Engineering Technology 250, 320, 340, 342, 344, 346, 348, 350, 360, 390, 400, 410

                      3.  Environmental Engineering Technology Major

                      Recommended for students who wish to apply the principles and engineering and environmental sciences to address challenges associated with human impacts on the environment. This field characterizes the dynamic relationship between human activity and the environment to determine strategies to minimize negative impacts.  Career opportunities as an environmental engineering technologist vary greatly including municipal and industrial treatment facility technologists, laboratory and environmental quality technicians, health and safety managers, environmental consultants, and sustainability managers for industry and governmental agencies.
                      • Required Units (crs.): 75 minimum
                      • Required Courses:
                        • Mathematics: Math 171, 172, 201 or 301
                        • Physics: Physics 107 or 109; 108 or 110; 311
                        • Biology: Biology 104 or 105; 309
                        • Chemistry: Chemistry 105, 106
                        • Geography: Geography 304, 391
                        • Geology: Geology 150, 365
                        • Engineering Technology: Engineering Technology 101, 103, 105, 201, 202, 203, 360
                      • One course from the following list:
                        • Engineering Technology: Engineering Technology 301, 302, 303
                      • One course from the following list:
                        • Engineering Technology: Engineering Technology 371, 373, 375, 377, 379, 381

                        4.  Mechanical Engineering Technology Major

                        Recommended for students who wish to apply the application of engineering principles and technological developments to new and existing manufacturing systems.  Mechanical engineering technologists work with engineers in designing, testing and manufacturing mechanical equipment or systems.  There are many employment opportunities in mechanical design, manufacturing and industrial engineering technology, industrial management, computer aided design, applied research and sales and service.
                        • Required Units (crs.): 85 minimum
                        • Required Courses:
                          • Support Courses:
                            • Mathematics: Math 171, 172, 201 or 301
                            • Physics: Physics 107 or 109; 108 or 110
                            • Chemistry: Chemistry 105, 106
                          • Fundamental Courses:
                            • Engineering Technology: Engineering Technology 101, 105, 106, 116, 118, 130, 207, 220, 221
                            • Physics: Physics 201, 202
                          • Advanced Courses:
                            • Engineering Technology: Engineering Technology 308, 318, 320, 322, 330, 360, 390, 400, 410
                            • Physics: Physics 451

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