2017-18 Catalog

Publication date June 2017

Physics Major with Computational Physics Emphasis - Bachelor of Science (BS)

(All colleges, excluding teacher certification programs)

41 credits (58 total credits including MTH and CS requirements)

PHY 103Fundamental Physics I4
or PHY 203 General Physics I
PHY 104Fundamental Physics II4
or PHY 204 General Physics II
PHY 250Modern Physics3
PHY 311Experimental Physics2
PHY 374Computational Physics4
PHY 474Advanced Computational Physics4
PHY 491Capstone in Physics1
CS 220Software Design II4
PHY 498Physics and Astronomy Research (at least one credit with a computational project)1
Select from Physics courses at the 300/400 level, including up to an additional two credits of PHY 498 (computational). Electives may also include up to six credits from CS 270, CS 340, CS 351, MTH 371 and MTH 480.
Additional credits required to meet course prerequisites17
Calculus I
Calculus II
Linear Algebra with Differential Equations
Software Design I
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 (SAH) Bachelor of Science 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 304, BIO 210, CHM 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 Science degree, in addition to all other College of Science and Health core requirements, students from non-exempted programs1 must complete one of the following options. It is recommended that courses are selected in consultation with students’ academic advisor.

  1. Complete a second major; or

  2. Complete a minor outside the major; or

  3. Complete an individualized option, consisting of 18 credits

    1. At least 12 credits must be earned at the 300/400 level outside the major department.

    2. The remaining six credits should come from

      1. 100 level or higher courses outside the major (General education courses may apply provided they are not being used to fulfill minimum general education requirements.); or

      2. 300/400 level courses inside major not being used to fulfill major requirements.

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


The list of exempted SAH programs is below.

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.

Grade point average requirements for some programs will be considerably higher than 2.00. Re-entering students may be required to earn credits in excess of the 120 needed for graduation in any curriculum in order to replace credits earned in courses in which the content has changed substantially in recent years. Each case will be judged on its own merit.

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 assistant to the dean of their college 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 203 or 103 (Gen Ed Natural Lab Science)4PHY 204 or 1044
PHY 4971PHY 4971
MTH 207 (Gen Ed Math)5MTH 208 (Gen Ed Math)4
ENG 110 or 112 (Gen Ed Literacy-Written)3HIS 101, 102, or ARC 200 (Gen Ed World Hist)3
Gen Ed Arts2-3CST 110 (Gen Ed Literacy-Oral)3
 15 15
Year 2
PHY 302 (or PHY Elective)3PHY 2503
PHY 311 (Writing Emphasis)2MTH 3094
MTH 3104CS 2204
CS 120 (Gen Ed Logical Systems)4Gen Ed Natural Lab Science (not PHY/AST)4
Gen Ed Self & Society3 
 16 15
Year 3
PHY 3744PHY 4744
PHY/Computational Elective3PHY/Computational Elective (i.e. PHY 334)3
SAH Core (300/400 not PHY) or Minor (i.e. MTH 353)3SAH Core or Minor (i.e. MTH 371)13
Gen Ed Health & Well-Being3Gen Ed Hum-Lit3
Gen Ed Minority Cultures3Gen Ed Global Studies3
 16 16
Year 4
PHY 498 (Computational project)1-3PHY 4911
PHY/Computational Elective4PHY 498 (Computational project)1-3
Gen Ed Arts2-3PHY/Computational Elective3
University Elective3SAH Core (300/400 not PHY) (Writing Emph) or Minor3
University Elective3SAH Core or Minor13
 University Elective3
 13 14
Total Credits: 120

See SAH BS Core Requirements for information on completing the individualized option. 300/400 requirements for graduation may be impacted.

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