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Professor and Department Chair
Dr. Brad Hinaus earned degrees from UW - Eau Claire and UW - Madison.  His UWSP courses include College Physics, Computational Physics, and Solid State Physics.

Small classes, big achievements await you in Physics and Astronomy at UW-Stevens Point

In the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, we enthusiastically pursue science, math and a deep understanding of the world's physical foundations. If you're curious about the world around you and you enjoy seeing physics in everyday life, we're the department for you.

Our department does not employ teaching assistants so students work closely with professors in challenging coursework, leading to a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree in physics. With either degree, a student may attain certification to teach at the secondary level, and emphases are available for applied mechanics and electronics. Academic minors may be obtained in physics and natural science. Many courses in astronomy are offered at the introductory and advanced levels. Pre-professional fields of study, such as engineering and medicine, are serviced by designated courses in physics.

Student experience

Classes are small, and students majoring in physics are able to work directly with the faculty early in their academic careers. Faculty conduct research in areas such as astrophysics, solid state ionics, superconductivity, liquid crystals and femtosecond lasers.

Most students majoring in physics continue in graduate studies, accept secondary-school teaching positions or enter specialized technical fields that require a good working knowledge of physics. Many of our recent graduates are pursuing advanced degrees in physics, mechanical engineering, aeronautical engineering material science and various branches of engineering.

Physics and astronomy facilities

The department manages a number of astronomy and physics classroom and laboratory facilities. The department also maintains the Allen F. Blocher Planetarium and Arthur J. Pejsa Observatory and an adjacent observation area.

The department currently has access to the WIYN 0.9m telescope at the Kitt Peak National Observatory in Arizona and the Green Bank radio telescope in West Virginia. Current research activities involving students majoring in physics include solid state ionics, computational solar physics, lasers, observational astronomy, liquid crystal and superconductor physics.