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Welcome to the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Department of Physics/Astronomy!

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Christian Quiles (right) and Mark Belanger (left), physics majors (2020), work on a rocket in the Society of Physics Students room. Recently, Christian received the 2017-2018 Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium STEM Bridge Scholarship worth $2000. He will be transferring to the UW Milwaukee College of Engineering and Applied Science in Fall 2018 as part of new UW Oshkosh Physics-Engineering Dual Degree Program.

What can you do with a physics major?

The Department of Physics/Astronomy prepares students as research physicists, lead engineers, professors, high school teachers, and for many other positions. For a list of who's hiring students with a bachelor's degree in physics in Wisconsin and across the country, click here:

Who's Hiring a Physics Bachelor's?

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Recent physics majors and astronomy minors in the Department of Physics/Astronomy. 

Student research opportunities in physics

Department of Physics/Astronomy faculty are active in many areas of physics research, including: 
  • astronomy/astrophysics
  • experimental particle physics (PANDA collaboration)
  • condensed matter physics/nanotechnology
  • physics teaching and learning 
  • history and philosophy of physics
Most physics majors conduct one-on-one physics research with a faculty member.  

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Thomas Gehrman (T.J.), physics major (2017), presents research on astrophysics. 

Quality teaching and individual student attention

We are dedicated to quality teaching in the classroom and in the laboratory. We also pride ourselves on the individual attention we give to our students. Upper-level physics courses typically enroll between 10-15 students. Click here for the current Undergraduate Bulletin for the Department of Physics Astronomy (2017-2019).


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Dr. Nadia Kaltcheva (Department Co-Chair) at an Aerospace event organized by the Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium in Milwaukee. 

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