The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's applied physics bachelor's degree is designed for those interested in working in industrial and engineering environments. The growing major is rooted in applied, real-world learning, giving you countless opportunities to conduct experiments, solve problems and gain firsthand, professional experience prior to graduation.
Coursework throughout the program focuses on the up-and-coming technology areas of energy and nanotechnology and the career paths best suited for those fields. Through projects and experiments, you'll learn about the engineering design process, develop advanced laboratory techniques and gain knowledge of mathematical modeling. A required capstone research project will help you to enhance your presentation skills and develop post-graduate plans.
A portion of the degree is made up of course electives chosen by you, allowing you to study the topics that most interest you and align with your career goals. And because of the program's strong foundation in both physics and mathematics, students find they are well-prepared for a variety of jobs, particularly those related to engineering.
Our graduates go on to conduct research and laboratory experiments, analyze and interpret scientific data, adapt ideas and develop needed solutions. They also leave UW-Eau Claire in demand. Because the development of laser optics, miniaturized electronics, nuclear energy and medical instrumentation continues to evolve and grow, employers are regularly looking for individuals who understand — and know how to apply — physics.
There are currently dozens of scholarships available to students seeking a physics degree from UW-Eau Claire. For example, the Karlgaard Physics Scholarship offers a variable number of scholarships (up to $10,000!) to physics majors concentrating on applied physics. Additionally, the Excellence in Experimental Physics Research Scholarship awards $500 to a student conducting physics research, while the Physics Beyond the Classroom Scholarship awards $500 to a physics major who promotes a positive social atmosphere and has completed or has been accepted for a study abroad experience.
We are proud to provide the funds you need to pursue your dreams. Learn more about which resources are available to you by checking out our scholarships page.
Financial aid at UW-Eau Claire
Working to make your college education affordable is very important to us. We are here to walk you through the financial aid process and make applying for aid and paying your bill as easy as possible.
To get this process started, please contact our staff at Blugold Central — our one-stop-shop for tuition and financial aid. They will help you learn how to pay for your education and minimize debt, freeing you up to focus on academics and your applied physics degree.
Learn more about our financial aid process at UW-Eau Claire.
Applied physics program details
- Program length: four years
- Availability: campus
- This major requires a minor.
- Society of Physics Students
- Women & Gender Minorities in STEM
- Materials Research Society
- Sigma Pi Sigma
Innovative facilities and equipment. While pursuing your degree in applied physics, you'll have direct access to outstanding academic facilities, such as an optics research lab, the Materials Science and Engineering Center, an electron microscopy lab, an electronics lab, a machine shop and the Hobbs Observatory. There, you can use state-of-the-art technology such as a 24-inch reflecting telescope, an atomic force microscope, a scanning tunneling electron microscope and an X-ray diffractometer.
Collaborative research opportunities. Conducting collaborative research with any of our dedicated faculty members in physics and astronomy is a hallmark of the department. These are not typical undergraduate experiences, which is exactly why we offer them. Whether you choose to study our solar system, renewable energy, robotics or condensed matter physics, your work could lead to publication in peer-reviewed journals and presentations at regional and national conferences.
Outside-the-classroom learning. UW-Eau Claire prides itself on offering students the chance to learn and refine their craft in the real world. Be a part of a service-learning project over spring break, mentor an international student majoring in physics, hear from international experts and speakers, study abroad in Scotland or attend one of the 200 universities that participate in the National Student Exchange program. Here, you'll quickly find endless opportunities are available to you.
Exceptional preparation. Graduates of our applied physics degree leave UW-Eau Claire ready to hit the ground running. Thanks to the program's "learn by doing" approach, you'll be able to design experiments; use measurement technology, computational tools and statistical techniques to collect and analyze data; and use microcontrollers and electronic sensors to build devices to perform specific tasks — all before you even graduate.
The applied physics major is an excellent choice for any career or further study requiring strong experimental, theoretical and calculation skills. This includes graduate programs in any number of STEM areas as well as architecture, medicine and law.
Our graduates go on to pursue successful careers in engineering, education, technology and government, making a positive impact wherever they go.
Where are applied physics alumni now?
- Engineer, Carl Veiss
- Engineer, Asahi Kasie BioProcess
- Engineer technician, Hutchinson Technology
- Electrical engineer, 3M
The curriculum within the applied physics major includes courses in physics, mathematics, chemistry and computer science. Coursework will explore areas like classical mechanics, thermodynamics, electromagnetism, optics, electronic circuits, quantum physics, special relativity, differential equations, probability and mathematical statistics.
Classes for applied physics majors may include:
- Introduction to Engineering
- University Physics I, II and III
- Electric and Electronic Circuits
- Electromagnetic Fields
- Advanced Laboratory Techniques
- Differential Equations and Linear Algebra
- Computing for the Sciences and Mathematics
- Chemical Principles
Learn more about the applied physics major in the UWEC course catalog.
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