2018-2019 Catalog

Publication date June 2018

Physics Major with Astronomy Emphasis - Bachelor of Arts (BA)

(All colleges, excluding teacher certification programs)

41 credits (58 total credits including MTH)

PHY 103Fundamental Physics I4
or PHY 203 General Physics I
PHY 104Fundamental Physics II4
or PHY 204 General Physics II
PHY 155Solar System Astronomy4
PHY 160Stars, Galaxies and the Universe4
PHY 250Modern Physics3
PHY 302Optics3
PHY 311Experimental Physics2
PHY 321Classical Mechanics3
PHY 332Electrodynamics3
PHY 362Astrophysics3
PHY 363Astrophysics Laboratory1
PHY 466Cosmology and the Structure of The Universe3
PHY 491Capstone in Physics1
Select three credits from physics courses at the 300/400 level 13
Prerequisite coursework
MTH 207Calculus I5
MTH 208Calculus II4
MTH 309Linear Algebra with Differential Equations4
MTH 310Calculus III: Multivariable Calculus4
Total Credits58

All students must complete the general education, college core, major/minor, and university degree requirements in order to qualify for a degree. The easiest way to track all of these requirements is to refer to the Advisement Report (AR) found in the Student Information System (WINGS) Student Center. All enrolled students have access to the AR.  

College of Science and Health (CSH) Bachelor of Arts core requirements

B.S. and B.A. students graduating from the College of Science and Health are required to take two natural laboratory science courses selected from the general education laboratory science category (GE 05) and/or from BIO 203, BIO 210, BIO 304CHM 104, ESC 221, ESC 222, PHY 104 or PHY 204, and they either must take two mathematics courses or one math course and one computer science course from the math/logical systems category of the general education requirements (GE 02). One of the two science courses must be from a department outside of the student’s major department.

Note: Math courses can be pairs, i.e. 150 and 151; MTH/CS majors can use two science courses from same department.

For the Bachelor of Arts degree, students must complete a major from the college and proficiency in a foreign language at the 202 level or an ESL proficiency score of 80 or above on the La Crosse Battery of exams for non-native speakers of English. Contact the “English as a Second Language Institute” for eligibility and regulations. Students must also complete one of the following options. It is recommended that courses are selected in consultation with your advisor.

  1. Complete a minor in the College of Liberal Studies/School of Arts and Communication; or

  2. Complete an individualized option, consisting of 15 credits.

    1. These courses must be from the College of Liberal Studies/School of Arts and Communication.

    2. At least 9 credits must be earned at the 300/400 level.

    3. General education courses may apply provided they are not being used to fulfill minimum general education requirements.

    4. Internship credits may not count toward the individualized option.

Baccalaureate degree requirements

Candidates for the Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Science degrees must accomplish the following:

  1. Fulfill the general education requirements.
  2. Complete at least one ethnic studies (diversity) course.
  3. Complete the courses prescribed by the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee for the degree desired in the respective school or college. (No substitutions for graduation may be made in course requirements for a major or minor after the fourth week of the last semester of the senior year.)
  4. Earn a minimum of 120 semester credits with at least a 2.00 cumulative GPA.1 At least 40 credits must be earned in 300/400 (senior college) level courses. Courses earned at the 100/200 level that transferred to UWL as 300/400 level courses do not apply to this requirement nor do courses from two-year schools.
  5. Complete major and minor requirements with at least a 2.00 GPA1 in each major and minor (and concentration or emphasis, if selected).
  6. A minimum of 30 semester credits in residence at UWL is required for graduation. (See undergraduate resident requirement.)
  7. Submit an application for graduation via the "Apply for Graduation" link in the WINGS Student Center as soon as the student has registered for his or her final semester or summer term in residence. December and winter intersession graduates should apply by May 1. May and summer graduates should apply by December 1.

No degree will be awarded unless all requirements are fulfilled and recorded within 30 days after the official ending date of each term.

Below is a sample degree plan that can be used as a guide to identify courses required to fulfill the major and other requirements needed for degree completion. A student's actual degree plan may differ depending on the course of study selected (second major, minor, etc.). Also, this sample plan assumes readiness for each course and/or major plan, and some courses may not be offered every term. Review the course descriptions or the class timetable for course offering information.

The sample degree plans represented in this catalog are intended for first-year students entering UWL in the fall term. Students should use the Advisement Report (AR) in WINGS and work closely with their faculty advisor(s) and college dean’s office to ensure declaration and completion of all requirements in a timely manner.

General Education Program
The general education curriculum (Gen Ed) is the common educational experience for all undergraduates at UWL. Sample degree plans include Gen Ed placeholders to ensure completion of the general education requirements. Courses may be rearranged to fit the needs or recommendations of the student’s program of study. Gen Ed courses may be taken during winter term (January between the semesters) and summer to reduce the course load during regular terms (fall and spring). Students should consult with their advisor and/or the college academic services director in their college/school for assistance with course and schedule planning. Refer to the general education requirements for more specific details.

Note: at least 40 credits of the 120 credits required must be earned at the 300/400 level.

This sample degree plan does not establish a contractual agreement. It identifies the minimum requirements a student must successfully complete, to qualify for a degree, in a format intended to assist the student plan their academic career. Actual degree plans may differ.

Year 1
PHY 103 or 203 (Gen Ed Natural Lab Science)4PHY 104 or 2044
PHY 4971PHY 160 (Gen Ed Natural Lab Science)4
MTH 207 (Gen Ed Math)5PHY 4971
ENG 110 or 112 (Gen Ed Literacy-Written)3MTH 208 (Gen Ed Math)4
Gen Ed Minority Cultures3HIS 101, 102, or ARC 200 (Gen Ed World Hist)3
 16 16
Year 2
PHY 155 (Gen Ed Natural Lab Science)4PHY 2503
PHY 3023MTH 3094
MTH 3104Gen Ed Hum-Lit3
CST 110 (Gen Ed Literacy-Oral)3202-level Modern Language (CSH BA Core)4
Gen Ed Arts2-3University Elective3
 16 17
Year 3
PHY 311 (Writing Emphasis)2PHY 3323
PHY 3213PHY 363 (Writing Emphasis)1
Gen Ed Health & Well-Being3Gen Ed Self & Society3
CSH Core (300/400 CLS elec) or CLS minor3Gen Ed Natural Lab Science (not PHY)4
University Elective3Gen Ed Global Studies3
University Elective1 
 15 14
Year 4
PHY 3623PHY 4663
CSH Core (300/400 CLS elec) or CLS minor3PHY 4911
CSH Core or CLS minor13PHY Electives3
Gen Ed Arts2-3CSH Core (300/400 CLS elec) or CLS minor3
University Elective2CSH Core or CLS minor13
 13 13
Total Credits: 120
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