Undergraduate Study

More information for undergraduate students

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Considering UW–Madison or a Physics major?

Please see “Prospective Physics Majors

About the Major

About the Certificate


To meet with an advisor, please visit our Contact Us page

Physics Courses

For a list of courses offered in the department by semester offered, please visit our Courses page

Physics Course Registration Problems

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  • Please use the requisite exemption request form to request permission to enroll in a course when you are prevented from enrolling due to course requisites.
  • Full sections
  • Independent Study Courses
  • Graduate courses (700+)

Tutoring and other help

Please see our tutoring resources


Declaring the major or certificate

If you are ready to declare your Physics major, please speak with an advisor and then submit your Major Declaration form.

Physics student groups

To learn about students groups available to undergraduate physics majors, prospective majors, or students with an interest in the physical sciences, please see our Student Groups page

Getting involved in research

Undergraduates are encouraged to pursue research opportunities in our department! See Research Opportunities for more information

Honors in the Major

Requirements for earning Honors in the major can be found in the GUIDE.

Scholarships and awards for Physics majors

The Physics Department is very happy to offer a number of awards for undergraduate and graduate students in physics each year.  Many of these awards have been made possible through very generous donations by alumni and friends of the Department. The list of the physics department’s awards, their descriptions, and eligibility requirements can be found below. Department of Physics Awards generally range from $250 to $5,000 to deserving students to assist with educational expenses. Apply for an award.