2017-18 Catalog

Publication date June 2017

Dual Degree Program in Physics and Engineering

This is a special dual degree program which enables a student to receive both a Bachelor of Science degree (physics major) from UW-La Crosse and a Bachelor of Science degree (engineering major) from UW-Madison, UW-Milwaukee, UW-Platteville, the University of Minnesota Duluth, or Winona State University. The total length of time for both degrees is expected to be five years, with approximately three years at UW-La Crosse (dating from enrollment in MTH 207 Calculus I (5 cr.)) and approximately two years at the partner institution. At UW-La Crosse, students must complete a minimum of 85 credits, including the following:

General education requirements:
ECO 110Microeconomics and Public Policy (recommended)3
ECO 120Global Macroeconomics (recommended)3
ECO 336Women in the U.S. Economy (recommended)3
CHM 103General Chemistry I5
MTH 207Calculus I5
MTH 208Calculus II4
MTH 309Linear Algebra with Differential Equations4
MTH 310Calculus III: Multivariable Calculus4
PHY 103Fundamental Physics I4
or PHY 203 General Physics I
PHY 104Fundamental Physics II4
or PHY 204 General Physics II
PHY 250Modern Physics3
PHY 302Optics3
PHY 311Experimental Physics2
Select additional courses, depending on the specific engineering discipline, from the following:
Statics
Classical Mechanics
Electrodynamics
Electronics
Thermodynamics

Additional courses, such as the following, may be required depending on the specific engineering discipline – be sure to consult the physics department dual-degree adviser for details.

BIO 105General Biology4
CHM 104General Chemistry II5
CS 120Software Design I4
STAT 245Probability and Statistics4
and/or
MTH 353Differential Equations3

Students wishing a dual degree in chemical engineering and physics via this program must also complete CHM 301 Analytical Chemistry (5 cr.).

Students wishing a dual degree in biomedical engineering and physics via this program must complete a minimum of 85 credits at UW-La Crosse, including the following:

General education requirements:
ECO 110Microeconomics and Public Policy (recommended)3
ECO 120Global Macroeconomics (recommended)3
ECO 336Women in the U.S. Economy (recommended)3
CHM 103General Chemistry I5
CHM 104General Chemistry II5
MTH 207Calculus I5
MTH 208Calculus II4
MTH 309Linear Algebra with Differential Equations4
MTH 310Calculus III: Multivariable Calculus4
PHY 103Fundamental Physics I4
or PHY 203 General Physics I
PHY 104Fundamental Physics II4
or PHY 204 General Physics II
PHY 250Modern Physics3
PHY 302Optics3
PHY 311Experimental Physics2
Additional specified courses in biology, chemistry, microbiology, mathematics and physics

Students who express interest in the dual degree program will be selected for entrance into the UW-Madison, UW-Milwaukee, UW-Platteville, University of Minnesota Duluth, or Winona State University portion of the program based on their GPA in all course work; their GPA in the chemistry, computer science, mathematics, and physics course work required by the program; and the positive recommendation of the UW- La Crosse physics department chair (or designee).

In order to receive the B.S. degree from UW-La Crosse, dual-degree students also must complete the remaining 35 credits (to total a minimum of 120 credits) in engineering at the partner institution and transfer these credits to UW-La Crosse. For the typical student, the remaining 35 credits must include at least 15 credits at the 300 level or above and at least 13 credits from the engineering college or institute. This transfer of credits and awarding of the B.S. degree by UW-La Crosse can take place as soon as the student earns the necessary credits.

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.

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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.
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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
FallCreditsSpringCredits
PHY 2034PHY 2044
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
PHY 4971CST 110 (Gen Ed Literacy-Oral)3
Gen Ed Health & Well-Being3PHY 4971
 16 15
Year 2
FallCreditsSpringCredits
PHY 3023PHY 334 (Writing Emphasis)3
PHY 311 (Writing Emphasis)2PHY 2503
PHY 3203MTH 3094
MTH 3104Gen Ed Hum-Lit3
ECO 110 (Gen Ed Self & Society)3Gen Ed Arts2-3
 15 15
Year 3
FallCreditsSpringCredits
PHY 3213PHY 3433
MTH 3533ECO 120 (Gen Ed Global Studies)3
CHM 103 (Gen Ed Natural Lab Science)5CS 120 (Gen Ed Lang/Logical Systems)4
ECO 336 (Gen Ed Minority Cultures)3Gen Ed Arts2-3
 University Elective3
 14 15
Year 4
FallCredits 
Transfer to Engineering Program at UW-Milwaukee, Madison, Platteville, or UM-Duluth or Winona State University. Credits completed in the Engineering Program transfer back to UWL to complete requirements for the UWL degree.  
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Total Credits: 90
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