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Physics Advising Information

Physics Major Entrance Requirements: The student must complete one year of full-time study (24 credits minimum) or 32 credits as a part-time student.

  • General Advising Information: PDF documents specific to this program are provided below. The full course catalog, policies, textbook information, and other resources are available from the Office of the Registrar.

    For additional advising information, contact your academic advisor or visit the advising page on myWLC (log-in required). Course offerings are subject to change due to staffing, curriculum changes, or course enrollment numbers.


  • CONCENTRATION: BIOPHYSICS

    Cross-disciplinary work at the intersection of biology and physics has recently led to rapid advances in such fields as biopolymers, neuroscience, molecular machines, nanotechnology, mathematical biology, medical imaging, x-ray diffraction, laser surgery, radiation biophysics and nuclear medicine.

    The biophysics program at Wisconsin Lutheran College is based on the recognition that traditional boundaries between disciplines are often artificial: experimental techniques and fundamental physical principles can be used to study and understand biological systems; understanding the exquisite design of living organisms, in turn, can inspire new ideas, techniques and materials which are of use in the physical sciences.

    Course Requirements

    The biophysics program at Wisconsin Lutheran College consists of a major in biology and a minor in physics. The major in biology consists of 38 credits comprised of 20 core credits and 18 elective credits. The minor in physics consists of 22 credits comprised of 16 core credits and 6 elective credits.

    In addition to the 60 credits required for the biophysics program, all students at Wisconsin Lutheran College are required to take a number of general degree requirements. These courses are designed to provide the student with a comprehensive education in the liberal arts.

    Career Opportunities

    The biophysics program is designed to prepare the student for further academic or industrial work in the fields of biology, physics and a host of associated fields of science and technology:

    • biotechnology
    • pharmaceuticals
    • molecular machinery/nanotechnology
    • medical diagnostic imaging
    • nuclear medicine
    • synthetic biology

    CONCENTRATION: NATURAL PHILOSOPHY

    Aristotle, Copernicus, Pascal, Newton and Heisenberg: all of these individuals wove together scientific investigation and philosophical argumentation.  From ancient times until the modern era, science and philosophy were pursued together under the name of "natural philosophy." Only in the modern era has there arisen a sharp boundary separating the two. Why is this?

    The natural philosophy concentration at Wisconsin Lutheran College is based on the recognition that the disciplines of physics and philosophy are mutually validating, and that they are both concerned with the nature of truth.  The best thinkers are those who are both scientifically and philosophically adept.

    Course Requirements

    The natural philosophy program at Wisconsin Lutheran College consists of a major in philosophy and a minor in physics. The major in philosophy consists of 33 credits: 12 core credits and 21 elective credits. The minor in physics consists of 22 credits: 16 core credits and 6 elective credits.

    In addition to the 55 credits required for the natural philosophy program, all students at Wisconsin Lutheran College are required to take a number of general degree requirements. These courses are designed to provide the student with a comprehensive education in the liberal arts.

    Career Opportunities

    The natural philosophy program is designed to instill in the student the ability to think in a creative and disciplined manner; these intellectual virtues serve to prepare the student for a wide variety of careers:

    • law or government
    • business or management
    • science or medicine
    • education or academia

    CONCENTRATION: SECONDARY EDUCATION

    In order for education majors at the college to earn a license to teach physics, the physics program must meet certain content guidelines, which are articulated in the Department of Public Instruction's Wisconsin Model Academic Standards for Science (p. 152). The following list indicates which physics courses meet each of the stated content areas. Only required courses for the physics major are included in this list.

    • Position and motion of objects: PHY 101, 201, 301
    • Light, heat electricity and magnetism: PHY 202, 302, 303
    • Properties and changes of properties of matter: PHY 303, 304, 401, 402
    • Motions and forces: PHY 101, 201, 301
    • Transfer of energy: PHY 202, 301, 303
    • Conservation of energy and increase in disorder: PHY 202, 301, 303
    • Interaction of matter and energy: PHY 202, 302, 303, 304