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.
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.
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.
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.