About Physics & Astronomy

at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh

Department Overview

The Department of Physics/Astronomy consists of 7 tenured/tenure-track faculty, 3 instructional academic staff, an instrumentalist, and an Academic Department Associate. Department members are distributed across all three campuses of UW Oshkosh — Oshkosh, Fox Cities and Fond du Lac. Faculty have active research programs in astrophysics, infrared and magneto-optical spectroscopy of exotic materials, nanofibers, particle physics, physics education, and surface physics.

Research Facilities

Research facilities include an astronomy laboratory, surface physics and nanotechnology laboratory, particle physics and rocketry laboratory, and physics education laboratory/resource room. The department also houses classrooms for astronomy laboratories, modern physics laboratory, digital/analog electronics laboratory, student physics computer lab, and a machine shop.

Academic Programs

The Department offers a choice of three Physics major emphases:
The Department also offers:

Careers in Physics and Astronomy

Recent graduates have been accepted into graduate school at: Georgia Institute of Technology, Minnesota State University, San Francisco State University, University of California Santa Cruz, University of Colorado, University of Florida, and University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.

Many of our graduates also move straight into the workforce as technicians and engineers. Our students have great success finding jobs locally (e.g., Werner Electric, Kimberly-Clark) and nationally (e.g., Raytheon, National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory).

Learn about careers in physics, who’s hiring, and more from the American Institute of Physics.

University of Wisconsin Oshkosh

Physics & Astronomy

N. Halsey Science Center, Rm. 337
921 Elmwood Ave.


Department Chair

Dr. Carey Woodward


Administrative Assistant

Mary Margaret Hollstein


More contact information


Department Office Hours
In Person:
Monday 1–4:30
Tuesday 1–4:30
Thursday 8:00–12:30; 1:00–4:30
Friday 8:00–12:30; 1:00–4:30


Chair's Office Hours
Friday 11:30–12:30