Physics Major with Applied Mechanics Emphasis


This is one of the two applied tracks within the physics major aimed at the students who plan on pursuing a career in industry right after graduation.  Students take most of the core upper-level physics courses, with more emphasis on the laboratory courses. Students majoring in physics with Applied Mechanics Emphasis are required to participate in an industrial internship either at a local business or in London through the Study Abroad Program.

Please consult with the Applied Emphasis Coordinator when planning your major. Some physics courses are offered only in alternate years.

Applied Emphasis Coordinator:

Chris Verzani
Associate Professor

Office: SCI B103
Phone: 715-346-4764

The physics major with an applied mechanics emphasis consists of a minimum of 61 credits including:
  1. Math 225, 226, 227, 230.
  2. Chemistry 105 or 117.
  3. Physics 111, 240, 250, 300, 315, 335, 370, 435, 470.
  4. Physics 490 (6 credits).
  5. Economics 110 or Business 320.
To visit the UW-Stevens Point course catalog, click here.

Four Year Plan

The following tables illustrate a typical plan to complete the major within a four-year time frame. Students taking different paths may take longer than the four year plan here. Please consult with an advisor when planning your major - some physics courses are taught only in alternate years.

First Year

​Fall I ​Credits
​Phys 111 ​1cr
​Math 225
​Eng 101 & Electives ​9cr
​TOTAL 15cr
​Spring I ​Credits
​Phys 240 ​5cr
​Math 226
​Eng 102 & Electives ​6cr
TOTAL 16cr

Second Year

​Fall II ​Credits
​Phys 250 ​5cr
​Math 227 ​4cr
​Chem 105 or 117 ​5cr
​Elective Credits ​0-3cr
TOTAL ​14-17cr
​Spring II ​Credits
​Phys 300 ​3cr
​Math 230
​Electives ​8cr
TOTAL 15cr

Third Year

​Fall III ​Credits
​Phys 435
​Phys 370 ​4cr
​Physics Electives ​0-3cr
​Elective Credits ​3-6cr
TOTAL 13-16cr
​Spring III ​Credits
​Physics 315
​Physics 335
​Physics 470
​Physics Electives ​0-3cr
​Elective Credits ​3-6cr
TOTAL 13-16cr

Fourth Year

​Fall IV ​Credits
​Econ 110 or Bus 320 ​3cr
Physics Electives 0-​6cr
Elective Courses ​6-12cr
TOTAL 15cr
​Spring IV ​Credits
​Phys 490
​Elective Credits ​6-9cr
​TOTAL 12-15cr