Physics Major With Engineering Emphasis
The Physics with Engineering Emphasis program allows students three options: (i) transfer after two years, (ii) complete a B.S. degree in four years, or (iii) participate in a 3-2 program with UW-Milwaukee to receive two B.S. degrees in five years. The 3-2 program is addressed in more detail on our 3-2 agreement page.
Transferring to an Engineering School
UW-Whitewater students can take courses in general education, mathematics, physics, chemistry, and engineering that will transfer into an engineering program at another school. Wisconsin schools of engineering which accept UW-Whitewater credits include:
- UW System Transfer Information System
- The University of Wisconsin - Madison College of Engineering
- The University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee College of Engineering
- The University of Wisconsin - Platteville
- Milwaukee School of Engineering
- Marquette University College of Engineering
Other engineering schools may also accept some or all credits earned at
UW-Whitewater. In addition, UW - Whitewater has a joint pre-engineering
program with UW - Platteville. Students who apply for this program have
dual enrollment at UW-Whitewater and UW-Platteville. Application would
normally occur within the first year of enrollment at UW-Whitewater. This
is a different program than the 3-2 agreement with UW-Milwaukee or Madison and an engineering degree only
is earned at UW-Platteville under this arrangement.
Engineering, Physics, and Modern Technology
Engineering is the design and development of safe
and economical production of materials, products, and structures
important to society. Engineering includes fields such as mechanical
engineering, electrical and computer engineering , civil and environmental
engineering, industrial engineering, nuclear engineering, agricultural
engineering, and materials science. Today's engineers need a
firm science background in order to apply the methods and knowledge
of science. A thorough knowledge of basic physical principles
is essential to understanding technology. Consequently, physics,
chemistry, and mathematics courses can serve as an excellent introduction
to engineering and applied physics for students planning careers
in the rapidly evolving fields of modern technology.
Students who plan graduate study in engineering or
applied science may find it most expedient and pleasant to finish
their four years at The University of Wisconsin - Whitewater with
a major in physics and then to go on directly to a graduate program
in their chosen field. Again, broad training in fundamentals
more than compensates for lack of elementary engineering courses.
This is demonstrated by past graduates who have been successful
in the engineering and technology with a
physics major with industry emphasis.