Certificate in Physics (CERT 783)

The Department of Physics has an Undergraduate Certificate Program in Physics, effective August 2007. An understanding of the physical universe informs many disciplines. The study of physics is essential to understanding nature and to advancing technology in the coming century. A certificate in physics increases the opportunities for students to become better informed on technological issues at the local, state, national, and international levels. The certificate in physics (18 credits) is designed to serve undergraduates majoring in biology, chemistry, mathematics, engineering, education and other fields who wish to extend their study of physics beyond what may be required or recommended for their major without completing the full L&S physics major requirements (35 credits including 6 intermediate/advanced lab credits).

The Certificate Requirements

To earn a certificate in physics, a student must complete at least 18 credits in physics courses at the "intermediate" level or higher. Graduate-level courses are permitted. No more than 3 credits of independent study and no special topics courses may be used to satisfy this requirement. Transfer or AP credit for 200-level introductory physics is acceptable for meeting the requirements of the certificate. EMA 201 and EMA 202 or EMA 201 and ME 240 may be substituted for PH 201 and together count for 5 credits. Otherwise, only courses within the department (or cross-listed with physics) are acceptable.

To Declare A Physics Certificate

1. All undergraduates and special students are eligible (physics majors are not eligible).
2. The certificate will be awarded upon completion of requirements.
3. At least nine of the credits must be in residence.
4. Only graded courses can be used toward the certificate.
5. A minimum grade of 2.0 is required for each course used toward the certificate.
To declare a certificate in Physics you must fill out a major/certificate declaration form. An Undergraduate Physics Advisor must sign the form. Students can declare the physics certificate at any time after completing one physics course on the Madison campus. You must have a 2.5 GPA in physics and math courses taken at Madison at the time you declare. In all cases, the certificate must be declared before the semester in which you graduate. Once you complete the requirements for the certificate you must request that the certificate be posted to your transcript. Both the form to declare the certificate and the completion of the certificate can be obtained at the department office in 2320 Chamberlin Hall or (Click here--files are attached) . Note: You should bring a copy of your current transcript when you talk with the undergraduate advisor.
Certificate Declaration Form
Certificate Completion Form


Dan McCammon
  6207 Chamberlin Hall

Stefan Westerhoff
  4209 Chamberlin Hall

Michael Winokur
  5106 Chamberlin Hall

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