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College of Letters and Science Physics with Applied Mechanics Emphasis Degree


This is one of the two applied tracks within the physics major aimed at the students who will pursue a career in industry right after graduation. You will take most of the core upper-level physics courses, especially those with a laboratory component. To major in physics with Applied Mechanics Emphasis you are required to participate in an industrial internship. This can take place either at a local business or in London through the Study Abroad Program.

Please consult with the Applied Emphasis Coordinator when planning your major. Some physics courses are offered only in alternate years.

Why Study Physics with Applied Mechanics Emphasis at UW-Stevens Point?

The Department of Physics and Astronomy can help you find satisfying and appropriate employment upon completion of your degree. Graduates have found work as applications engineers, chemists, contractors, combat engineers, researchers, system administrators and teachers. Graduates have also pursued further schooling in aeronautical engineering, applied physics, astronomy, civil and environmental engineering, mathematics, nuclear engineering and security technologies.

Physics majors at UW-Stevens Point can also enjoy study abroad opportunities, including academic coursework at sites worldwide, London internships and short travel courses covering specialized topics.


The physics major with an applied mechanics emphasis consists of a minimum of 61 credits including:  

  1. Math 225, 226, 227, 230.
  2. Chemistry 105 or 117.
  3. Physics 111, 240, 250, 300, 315, 335, 370, 435, 470.
  4. Physics 490 (6 credits).
  5. Economics 110 or Business 320.

To visit the UW-Stevens Point course catalog, click here.
Applied Emphasis Coordinator:
Chris Verzani
Associate Professor

Office: SCI B103


Students interested in engaging with the professional community may get involved in the Society of Physics Students at UWSP. More opportunities can be found on the Stevens Point Involvement Network (SPIN).

Many students in the department are employed in relevant positions during their studies. Research assistants, tutors, graders, planetarium staff members and laboratory assistants are often hired by the department. In addition, a number of scholarships provide financial support to physics majors.

The Department of Physics and Astronomy is a member of the Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium (WSGC). Our students have the opportunity to apply for various types of undergraduate programs and scholarships. Find out if any of these might be right for you.


UW-Stevens Point physics classes are small, and students majoring in physics are able to work directly with faculty early in their academic careers. Faculty conduct research in areas such as astrophysics, optoelectronics, materials science, liquid crystals and femtosecond lasers.

Maryam Farzaneh

  • Professor of Physics
  • Physics/Engineering Dual Degree Coordinator

Brad Hinaus

  • Professor of Physics

Chris Verzani

  • Associate Professor