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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.
Our department also offers two applied tracks within
the physics major for students who plan on pursuing a career in industry right after
graduation: Physics Major with Applied Emphasis in Mechanics and Physics Major
with Applied Emphasis in Electronics. Applied
Emphasis majors are required to participate in an industrial internship either at a local buisiness or in London through the Study Abroad Program.
Students interested in earning degrees in both engineering and physics may do so through a dual-degree (3+2) program between the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and UW-Milwaukee.
minors may be obtained in physics, astronomy 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, applied phyiscs 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, electrical engineering, aeronautical engineering, material science and various
branches of engineering.
Physics/Engineering dual-degree (3+2) program
in this program will earn a bachelor of science degree in physics from UW-Stevens Point
and a bachelor of science degree in engineering (biomedical, civil, electrical, industrial, materials or mechanical engineering) from UW-Milwaukee in
five years – three years and 90-95 credits at UW-Stevens Point and two
years and 60 credits at UW-Milwaukee.
The dual-degree aims at
students interested in an engineering career who are seeking a solid liberal arts foundation and a solid background in physics. The
dual-degree gives students a more adaptable and more powerful set of skills. It helps them to distinguish themselves in landing
their first job while being able to adapt to fast-paced
industries in the long term.
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.