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Physics + Astronomy


Actually, it IS rocket science.

Physics goal #1: Figure out all the rules of how the universe works.

Physics goal #2: Use those rules to make life in this universe better.

Are you up for this challenge? If you are, and we’re betting you are, consider a major or minor in physics. Distilled to its core, physics takes the complicated world around us and finds the simplest possible model to capture its essential features. Of course that is a serious simplification, but it is an accurate big-picture description, and charting your life’s path beginning in college calls for some big-picture thinking.

Why UW-Eau Claire?

Physics and astronomy has long been a strong department at UW-Eau Claire, with a proven record as a top producer of physics bachelor’s degrees among comparable institutions. In addition, this department is among the national leaders in terms of the percentage of bachelor’s recipients who enter work in the STEM fields within one year of graduation. More importantly, however, the Department of Physics and Astronomy has succeeded in building a program that is known equally for its strong academics and its commitment to student growth and success, both in and out of the classroom.

But don’t take our word for it. Take the word of the 2012 American Institute of Physics Career Pathways Project, which concluded:

“The Eau Claire physics department faculty and staff are clearly committed to helping students succeed in physics regardless of career or graduate school ambition and academic potential. The department has created a supportive and inclusive culture that attracts students with varied interests and addresses career preparation for these students in a way that is both intentional and thoughtful.”


You can see the Pathways Project's objective review of our department, and read from outside observers just how it is we do what we do, which is graduate high numbers of students each year who are exceptionally prepared for either the workplace or graduate studies.

Majors + Minors

Physics students tend to want to know how nature fundamentally works, and enjoy thinking about big problems and asking questions. Whether you are destined for grad school, a tech career, teaching, or space, a Blugold physics degree may be the ticket.

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As a Blugold major in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, you will encounter much more than stellar academics. It’s a full student experience in people, relationships, networking, goal setting and a fair amount of fun.

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UW-Eau Claire Physics & Astronomy Department

The Physics & Astronomy Department welcomes you to hear why current majors hold their educational experience to such a high standard of excellence.

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