Applied Emphasis

Bachelor of Science in Physics


This program is designed for students interested in practical application of physics, computing electronics and instrumentation. Because this emphasis competes well with various engineering and computer science fields, students interested in careers in these areas should consider this major in physics.

Note that this emphasis has the fewest required courses with the understanding that students will pick from the electives those courses most fitting their interests/plans.

Graduates of this program have found attractive career opportunities at:

  • Mercury Marine, Fond du Lac
  • Naval Weapons Center, China Lake, Calif.
  • Sommerville Engineering Consultants, Green Bay
  • Texas Instruments, Dallas, Texas
  • Wisconsin Bell, Milwaukee
  • Astronautics, San Fransisco, Calif.

Four-Year Course Plan

 

Fall

Spring

Freshman
  • Math 171, Calc I, 4 cr.
  • Phys/Ast 191, 5 cr.
  • Comp Sci 221**, Obj. Ori. Prog., 3 cr.
  • Math 172, Calc II, 4 cr.
  • Phys/Ast 192, 5 cr.

Sophomore

 

 

  • Phys/Ast 206, Modern Physics, 3 cr.
  • Phys/Ast 305*, Circuits & Devices, 3 cr.
  • Math 273, Calc. III, 4 cr.
  • Phys/Ast 222. Lab. I, 2cr.
  • Phys/Ast 320, Classical Physics, 3 cr.
  • Math 371, Diff. Eq., 3 cr.

Junior

 

 

  • Phys/Ast 307*, Optics, 3 cr.
  • Physics elective, 3 cr.
  • Comp Sci 251**, Org. & Assemb., 3 cr.
  • Phys/Ast 311**, Digital Elec., 3 cr.
Senior
  • Phys/Ast 319*,**, Dig. Signal Proc., 3 cr.
  • Phys/Ast 408*, Stat. Mech,/Thermo. 3 cr.
  • Comp Sci 310**, Comp. Arch., 3 cr.
  • Phys/Ast 322, Lab II, 2 cr.

Notes

  • Nine hours of additional Physics Electives required beyond the core.
  • Courses above marked with “**” are suggestions only (i.e., they are not required – this is only a suggested curriculum).
  • Courses above marked with “*” are offered every 4th semester
    • 305, Circuits & Devices, Fall of even years
    • 307, Optics: Fall of odd years
    • 319, Digital Signal Processing, Fall of even years
    • 408, Thermo, Fall of even years

 

  • Other Electives:
    • 203, Intro to Astrophysics
    • 310, Stellar Structure and Evolution
    • 313, Galaxy and Star Formation
    • 355*, Lab. & Demo Techniques
    • 417*, Electricity & Magnetism
    • 419*, Quantum Mechanics
    • 451, Special Topics
    • 491, Senior Research

University of Wisconsin Oshkosh

Physics & Astronomy

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

 

Department Chair

Dr. Carey Woodward
920-929-1158
woodwardr@uwosh.edu

 

Administrative Assistant

Amy Martin
920-424-4433
physics-astronomy@uwosh.edu

 

More contact information

Hours

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

 

Chair's Office Hours
Wednesday 11:50–1:20

 

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