Welcome to Physics!
Physics is the science of the properties of matter, radiation, and energy in all forms. As such, it is the most fundamental of the sciences. It provides the underlying framework for the other physical sciences and engineering and for understanding physical processes in biological and environmental sciences.
From information for prospective Physics majors to research opportunities with a Physics faculty member, from information on registering for Physics courses to tutoring opportunities for intro Physics — much of the information you need to successfully navigate your undergraduate studies can be found in the “Undergraduate” section of the Physics website.
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More information for undergraduate students
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Considering UW–Madison or a Physics major?
Please see “Prospective Physics Majors“
About the Major
- For a comprehensive guide for undergraduate physics majors, please see the Physics Majors Handbook
- Please visit our “About the Major” page or the UW–Madison GUIDE for more details about the major
To meet with an advisor, please visit our Contact Us page
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
- Major requirements in GUIDE (see also: The Physics Major)
- Certificate requirements in GUIDE (see also: Certificate in Physics)
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.