UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls

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 131 Calculus-Based Physics I 5 cr.
PHYS 132 Calculus-Based Physics II 5 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 131 Calculus-Based Physics I 5 cr.
PHYS 132 Calculus-Based Physics II 5 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 PHYS 379 Internship course

Physical Science Major

Broadfield Science Licensure

Dual Degree

Physics/Engineering Dual Degree

A degree in Applied Physics for Industry and Engineering from UWRF is awarded jointly with a B.S. in Engineering from one of our Dual Degree partners: University of Minnesota, UW-Madison, UM-Duluth, or UW-Milwaukee.  This two degree program typically takes five years and students receive assurance of admission to an engineering partner school based on meeting technical GPA requirements.

Required Courses in Physics at UW-River Falls: 14 cr. hrs.

PHYS 131 Calculus-Based Physics I 5 cr.
PHYS 132 Calculus-Based Physics II 5 cr.
PHYS 264 Modern Physics 4 cr.

Required Supporting Courses: 25 cr. hrs.

MATH 166 Calculus I 4 cr.
MATH 167 Calculus II 4 cr.
MATH 256 Linear Algebra 3 cr.
MATH 266 Calculus III or PHYS 361 Mathematics of Physics and Engineering I 3 cr.
MATH 331 Differential Equations 3 cr.
PHYS 211 Scientific Programming 3 cr.
CHEM 121 General Chemistry I 5 cr.

Directed Electives: at least 21 cr. hrs. from the following courses

PHYS 204 Intermediate Lab 1 cr.
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 301 Advanced Physics Laboratory I 3 cr.
PHYS 302 Advanced Physics Laboratory II 3 cr.
PHYS 311 Electronics: Circuits and Devices 4 cr.
PHYS 312 Electronics: Linear Integrated Circuits 4 cr.
PHYS 313 Digital Electronics 3 cr.
PHYS 318 Astrophysics 3 cr.
PHYS 324 Acoustics 3 cr.
PHYS 361 Mathematics of Physics and Engineering I 3 cr.
PHYS 362 Mathematics of Physics and Engineering II 3 cr.
PHYS 379 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.
MATH 326 Applied Statistics 3 cr.
CSIS 162 Programming II 3 cr.
CHEM 122 General Chemistry II 5 cr.

Pre-Engineer

Pre-Engineering 68 Total Credits

Required Courses: 55 cr. hrs.
PHYS 131 Calculus-Based Physics I 5 cr.
PHYS 132 Calculus-Based Physics II 5 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

 

APIE

Applied Physics for Industry and Engineering

Applied Physics for Industry and Engineering provides more flexibility for students to tailor their program to fit future careers. The new version maintains the physics core, reduces the required courses to 17 from 26 credit hours, and adds a requirement to complete a certificate option in at least one of four areas.  A second semester of Capstone Design Course is added to provide an extensive design experience.  The number of required supporting courses increases in lieu of requiring a mathematics minor.

Applied Physics for Industry and Engineering Option: 45-59 Total Credits
Prepares highly-competitive graduates for industry, graduate school, or starting a new business.  Provides a firm physics foundation with written and oral professional communication proficiency, and focused skills in at least one of four selected certificate areas---Opto-Electronics, Biology, Entrepreneurship, Mechanics.

Core Requirements 26 cr. hrs.


Required Courses 17 cr. hrs.

PHYS 211 Scientific Programming or CSIS 162 Programming II 3 cr.
PHYS 279  Introduction to Internships 1 cr.
PHYS 361 Mathematics of Physics and Engineering I 3 cr
PHYS 362 Mathematics of Physics and Engineering II 3 cr.
PHYS 485 Capstone Design Course * (Second Semester) 1 cr.
                Directed Electives ** 6 cr.

*Taken twice with a mid-project presentation at the end of the first semester
** These electives broaden experience by exploring an additional area of interest or deepen knowledge in one area. Completion of a second certificate is also an option .

Choose one of the following certificate options 12-16 cr. hrs.

Opto-Electronics (16)
PHYS 312 Digital Electronics 4 cr
PHYS 313 Analog Electronics 4 cr
PHYS 420Optics 4 cr
PHYS 442 Electricity & Magnetism 4 cr.

Biology (14)
BIOL 160 General Biology 4 cr.
BIOL 240 Cell and Molecular Biology 3 cr.
BIOL 341 Anatomy and Physiology I 4 cr.
BIOL 464 Stem Cells & Regenerative Medicine 3 cr.

Entrepreneurship (15)
CSIS 215 Info Systems for Business Management 3 cr.
MARC 200 Intro to Marketing Communications 3 cr.
ACCT 231 Accounting 3 cr.
PSYCH 250 Industrial & Organizational Psychology 3 cr.
COMS 318 Communication & Leadership

Mechanics (12)
PHYS 250 Statics 3 cr.
PHYS 252 Dynamics 3 cr.
PHYS 254 Mechanics of Materials 3 cr.
GENG 345 Machine Design 3 cr.

Required Supporting Courses: 20 cr. hrs

MATH 166 Calculus I 4 cr.
MATH 167 Calculus II 4 cr.
MATH 266 Calculus III 3 cr.
MATH 256 Linear Algebra 3 cr.
MATH 331 Differential Equations 3 cr.
GENG 121 Engineering Drawing 3 cr.

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, Surujhdeo Seunarine, Glenn Spiczak, and Matthew Vonk