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What will I learn?

Physics is the study of matter and energy and their interactions, both in nature and under man-made conditions. Physics provides both the fundamental foundation for science and technology, and the framework for understanding the world around us and the universe itself.

UWM students can shape their Physics major in one of two directions. The standard major provides a broad overview of all aspects of physics: mechanics, optics, thermodynamics, quantum physics, magnetism, electricity, and the mathematical principles that underlie physics. In the astronomy focused version of the major, students master these basics plus take additional coursework in astrophysics and gravitation.

UWM's program provides excellent preparation for graduate programs in physics, engineering, and math, and can also serve as a springboard to careers in diverse areas, including engineering, business, law, and medicine. All Physics undergraduates are encouraged to get involved in research as early as their freshman year as a means to enhance their education and help diversify their career options.

Honors in the College of Letters and Science

GPA of 3.750 or above, earned on a full-time student's GPA on 12 or more graded credits in a given semester.

Which department am I in?

College of Letters and Science

Study options

Full Time (120 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$21,474.00 per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

1 March 2023

Start date

23 January 2023


College of Letters and Science

2442 E Hartford Avenue,



53211, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

High school graduation (or the equivalent) is required for admission.

For international students

Students who are graduating high school seniors or high school graduates (or equivalent) who haven’t previously attended a college or university.

TOEFL IBT: 79 or higher

TOEFL PBT: 548 or higher

IELTS/IELTS Indicator: 6.5 or higher

Duolingo: 120 or higher

PTEA: 56 or higher

IB: 5 in HL English

British A-level: C or Better

Fall (September) Semester Applications: March 1

Spring (January) Semester Applications: August 1

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

With more than 200 academic programs the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee has been the first choice for more than 195,000 alumni across the globe.

  • A globally engaged, top research university
  • Located in Wisconsin’s largest city, Milwaukee
  • Offers over 200 academic programs
  • 17:1 student-to-teacher ratio

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