Physics Major

Liberal Arts

Physics Major–Liberal Arts

Physics Core Requirements: 26 cr. hrs.
The prerequisite courses for all courses required in the physics major must be passed with a grade of C or better
PHYS 161 Calculus-Based Physics I 4 cr.
PHYS 166 Calculus-Based Physics Laboratory I 1 cr.
PHYS 162 Calculus-Based Physics II 4 cr.
PHYS 167 Calculus-Based Physics Laboratory II 1 cr.
PHYS 204 Intermediate Physics Laboratory 1 cr.
PHYS 264 Modern Physics 4 cr.
PHYS 301 Advanced Physics Laboratory I (writing intensive) 3 cr.
PHYS 302 Advanced Physics Laboratory II (writing intensive) 3 cr.
PHYS 311 Electronics: Circuits and Devices 4 cr.
PHYS 485 Seminar (writing intensive) 1 cr.
Required Supporting Courses: 20 cr. hrs.
MATH 166 Calculus I 4 cr.
MATH 167 Calculus II 4 cr.
MATH 331 Differential Equations 3 cr.
PHYS 211 Scientific Programming 3 cr.
or CSIS 162 Programming II
PHYS 361 Mathematics of Physics and Engineering I 3 cr.
PHYS 362 Mathematics of Physics and Engineering II 3 cr.

Option I 50 Total Credits
Recommended as preparation for graduate studies in physics or for industrial research.
Physics Major Core 26 cr. hrs.
Directed Electives in Physics 24 cr. hrs.
Choose from courses below:

Option II 36 Total Credits
Recommended for students wanting maximum flexibility for study in other areas
Physics Major Core 26 cr. hrs.
Directed Electives in Physics 10 cr. hrs.
Choose from courses below:

Directed Electives in Physics
PHYS 279 Introduction to Internships 1 cr.
PHYS 312 Electronics: Linear Integrated Circuits
or PHYS 313 Digital Electronics 4 cr.
PHYS 318 Astrophysics 3 cr.
PHYS 324 Acoustics 3 cr.
PHYS 379 Cooperative Education and Internship 3 cr.
PHYS 415 Thermodynamics 3 cr.
PHYS 420 Optics 4 cr.
PHYS 426 Nuclear and Particle Physics 4 cr.
PHYS 427 Condensed Matter Physics 4 cr.
PHYS 441 Classical Mechanics 4 cr.
PHYS 442 Electricity and Magnetism 4 cr.
PHYS 465 Quantum Mechanics 3 cr.

Applied Option 50 Total Credits
Recommended as preparation for a career in an industrial or government laboratory, or for graduate study in Applied Physics, Electronics, Engineering Physics, and Geophysics.
Core Requirements 26 cr. hrs.
Required Courses in Physics 24 cr. hrs.
PHYS 250 Statics 3 cr.
PHYS 252 Dynamics 3 cr.
PHYS 254 Mechanics of Materials 3 cr.
PHYS 279 Introduction to Internships 1 cr.
PHYS 312 Electronics: Linear Integrated Circuits 4 cr.
PHYS 313 Digital Electronics 4 cr.
PHYS 361 Mathematics of Physics and Engineering I 3 cr.
PHYS 362 Mathematics of Physics and Engineering II 3 cr.

Education

Physics Major–Secondary Education

Major Requirements 36 Total Credits

Physics Core Requirements: 26 cr. hrs.
The prerequisite courses for all courses required in the physics major must be passed with a grade of C or better
PHYS 161 Calculus-Based Physics I 4 cr.
PHYS 166 Calculus-Based Physics Laboratory I 1 cr.
PHYS 162 Calculus-Based Physics II 4 cr.
PHYS 167 Calculus-Based Physics Laboratory II 1 cr.
PHYS 204 Intermediate Physics Laboratory 1 cr.
PHYS 264 Modern Physics 4 cr.
PHYS 301 Advanced Physics Laboratory I (writing intensive) 3 cr.
PHYS 302 Advanced Physics Laboratory II (writing intensive) 3 cr.
PHYS 311 Electronics: Circuits and Devices 4 cr.
PHYS 485 Seminar (writing intensive) 1 cr.
Required Course: 3 cr. hrs.
PHYS 331 Curriculum Physics 3 cr.
Directed Electives in Physics 7 cr. hrs.
As listed for Liberal Arts excluding PHYS 279 and 379 Internship course

Physical Science Major

Broadfield Science Licensure

Dual Degree

Physics Major–Dual Degree

This major is awarded jointly with a B.S. in engineering after the student has successfully completed a three-year program at UW-River Falls with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 and a two-year program at either UW-Madison or the University of Minnesota.

General Education requirements

General Education requirements as listed for Liberal Arts excluding PHYS 279 and 379 Internship courses

Required Courses in Physics at UW-River Falls: 10 cr. hrs.
PHYS 161 Calculus-Based Physics I 4 cr.
PHYS 166 Calculus-Based Physics Laboratory I 1 cr.
PHYS 162 Calculus-Based Physics II 4 cr.
PHYS 167 Calculus-Based Physics Laboratory II 1 cr.
Directed Electives: 20 cr. hrs.
PHYS 250 Statics 3 cr.
PHYS 252 Dynamics 3 cr.
PHYS 254 Mechanics of Materials 3 cr.
PHYS 264 Modern Physics 4 cr.
PHYS 301 Advanced Physics Laboratory I 3 cr.
PHYS 311 Electronics: Circuits and Devices 4 cr.
PHYS 361 Mathematics of Physics and Engineering I 3 cr.
PHYS 362 Mathematics of Physics and Engineering II 3 cr.
MATH 326 Applied Statistics 3 cr.
MATH 346 Numerical Analysis I 3 cr.
Credits Transferred from Engineering School 20 cr. hrs.
Required Supporting Courses: 30 cr. hrs.
MATH 166 Calculus I (meets Gen Ed requirement) 4 cr.
MATH 167 Calculus II 4 cr.
MATH 256 Linear Algebra 3 cr.
MATH 266 Calculus III 3 cr.
MATH 331 Differential Equations 3 cr.
PHYS 211 Scientific Programming 3 cr.
CHEM 121 General Chemistry I 5 cr.
CHEM 122 General Chemistry II 5 cr.

Pre-Engineering

Pre-Engineering 68 Total Credits

Required Courses: 55 cr. hrs.
PHYS 161 Calculus-Based Physics I 4 cr.
PHYS 166 Calculus-Based Physics Laboratory I 1 cr.
PHYS 162 Calculus-Based Physics II 4 cr.
PHYS 167 Calculus-Based Physics Laboratory II 1 cr.
PHYS 211 Scientific Programming 3 cr.
CHEM 121 General Chemistry I 5 cr.
CHEM 122 General Chemistry II 5 cr.
MATH 166 Calculus I 4 cr.
MATH 167 Calculus II 4 cr.
MATH 256 Linear Algebra 3 cr.
MATH 266 Calculus III 3 cr.
MATH 331 Differential Equations 3 cr.
ENGL 100 Academic Reading and Writing 3 cr.
ENGL 200 Investigating Ideas: Reading, Writing and the Disciplines 3 cr.
ECON 201 Principles of Microeconomics 3 cr.
ECON 202 Principles of Macroeconomics 3 cr.
CSTA 101 Fundamentals of Oral Communication 3 cr.
Electives depending on final engineering major: 13 cr. hrs.
Select from MATH, PHYS, CSIS, CHEM, GENG, BIOL, GEOL

 

Department of Physics

125 Centennial Science Hall
715-425-3235
www.uwrf.edu/PHYS/

James Madsen-Chair, Earl Blodgett, Rellen Hardtke, Eileen Korenic, Lowell McCann, Glenn Spiczak, and Matthew Vonk

 


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