Dr. Steven Sahyun, chair
Upham Hall 151A
Dept. Office: (262) 472-1067
Direct: (262) 472-5113
About the Programs
Students interested in investigating and understanding the principles that govern the universe should consider the physics program. The department offers four tracks to prepare majors for a variety of career paths including: graduate school, industry, teaching and engineering.
Also available is a dual degree in physics and engineering. Students complete three years of physics courses at UW-Whitewater and go on to complete two years of engineering courses at either UW-Madison or UW-Milwaukee to earn degrees in physics and engineering.
Students have access to excellent computer resources and state-of-the-art laboratories. A metal shop facility is available for the construction of apparatus. The department's observatory features a 41-cm aperture reflecting telescope and a light-shielded platform for simultaneous use of six 8-inch telescopes.
Faculty members are active scholars and dedicated teachers with a focus on communicating science to the public and serving the university and the community. The department hosts each semester a physics lecture series as well as an observatory lecture series with the opportunity for public viewing.
Students will find plenty of opportunities for practical experience through research opportunities with faculty members and summer internships. Students in the Intermediate Physics Laboratory course conduct research at Kitt Peak National Observatory in Tuscon, Ariz., and at the Synchrotron Research Center in Stoughton.
The Society of Physics Students orgranization and the national physics honor society, Sigma Pi Sigma, are also good ways for students to get involved.
Graduates go on to successful careers in industry, teaching, military service and scientific research at NASA and the Harvard-Smithsonian Observatory.