Physics Major and Minors

With a physics major, it is possible to attain either a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) or a Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.E), depending on your choice of emphases. Select one of the following emphasis below.

The Department also offers three minors: Liberal Arts minor in PhysicsSecondary Education minor, and the Astronomy minorFor complete information, see the Undergraduate Bulletin for the Department of Physics/Astronomy (2021-2023).

Professional Emphasis

This emphasis is recommended for students who seek employment in the field of physics or who are preparing for graduate studies in physics, astronomy, or related fields. Professional Emphasis majors will be able to use integrated principles of physics and advanced analytic and computational methods.

Applied Emphasis

The emphasis is recommended for students who seek employment in the application of physics and computing to scientific and technical areas. Applied Physics Emphasis majors will be able to use the concepts and laboratory techniques of digital and analog electronics, digital signal processing techniques to improve and analyze digitized data, high level programming languages and assembler languages and assemble and use computer interfaced equipment. 

Secondary Education Emphasis

This emphasis is recommended for students who plan to teach physics at the secondary school level, where they will be able to use appropriate apparatus and computers to teach physics concepts to high school students.

Astronomy Minor

This minor is available to all students, but, requires Calculus I, several Physics courses and may include other science courses as well. 

Interested in a Career in Engineering?

Interested in a career in engineering? UW Oshkosh has dual degree program partnerships with UW-Madison and UW-Milwaukee. Learn more about our Physics-Engineering Dual Degree program. 

University of Wisconsin Oshkosh

Physics & Astronomy

N. Halsey Science Center
Room 127 or 142
921 Elmwood Ave.


Department Chair

Dr. Nadia Kaltcheva
Room 337B


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