Dual Degree Program in Physics and Physical Therapy

This is a dual degree program which enables a student to receive both a Bachelor of Science degree (physics major with biomedical concentration) and a graduate degree (physical therapy) from UW-La Crosse. The total length of time for both degrees is expected to be six, with approximately three years in the physics program and approximately three in the physical therapy program. During the first three years, students will complete general education and college core requirements, physical therapy prerequisite course work, and many of the requirements for the physics major with biomedical concentration. Therefore, the undergraduate portion of the program would include a minimum of 85 credits, including the general education requirements and the following:

BIO 105General Biology4
BIO 312
BIO 313
Human Anatomy and Physiology I
and Human Anatomy and Physiology II
CHM 103General Chemistry I5
CHM 104General Chemistry II5
MTH 207Calculus I5
MTH 208Calculus II4
MTH 310Calculus III: Multivariable Calculus4
PHY 203General Physics I 14
or PHY 103 Fundamental Physics I
PHY 204General Physics II 14
or PHY 104 Fundamental Physics II
PHY 305General Physics III3
PHY 306Modern Physics3
PHY 311Experimental Physics2
PHY 334Electrical Circuits3
STAT 145Elementary Statistics4
or STAT 245 Probability and Statistics
Select three credits of psychology3
Select three credits of sociology3

PHY 203 and PHY 204 preferred.

Additional course work taken in the physical therapy program may count toward electives needed for the undergraduate physics degree. Be sure to consult the physics department dual degree advisor for details regarding this program. 

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 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, GEO 221, GEO 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 CSH 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.
  4. Earn a minimum of 120 semester credits with at least a 2.00 cumulative GPA.1, 2
  5. At least 40 credits must be earned in 300/400 level courses. Transfer courses earned or transferred at the 300/400 level apply to this requirement.
  6. Complete major and minor requirements with at least a 2.00 GPA1, 2 in each major and minor (and concentration or emphasis, if selected).
  7. A minimum of 30 semester credits in residence at UWL is required for graduation. (See undergraduate resident requirement.)
  8. 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.


The grade point average recorded at the time the degree is awarded will not be affected by future enrollment.

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.

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

Note: New students and transfer students with 15 or fewer credits earned are required to take FYS 100 First-Year Seminar (3 cr.) during one of their first two semesters at UWL.

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 in planning their academic career. Actual degree plans may differ.

Year 1
PHY 203 or 1034PHY 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)3BIO 105 (Gen Ed Natural Lab Science)4
FYS 100 (Gen Ed First-Year Seminar)3CST 110 (Gen Ed Literacy-Oral)3
 16 16
Year 2
PHY 3053PHY 3063
MTH 3104PHY 3343
CHM 103 (Gen Ed Natural Lab Science)5CHM 1045
Gen Ed Humanistic Studies3Gen Ed Global Studies3
 Gen Ed Arts2-3
 15 16
Year 3
PHY 3112PHY 300/400 Elective3
BIO 3124BIO 3134
STAT 145 (Gen Ed Math)4SOC 225 (Gen Ed Minority Cultures)3
Gen Ed World History3Gen Ed Health & Well-Being3
Gen Ed Arts2-3PSY 1003
 15 16
Total Credits: 94