Chemistry and physics are the two basic physical sciences and provide a fundamental understanding of the world around us. Chemistry is the study of matter its structure and composition, its properties and its transformations. Since our whole world consists of "matter", it is the study of the composition of the world around us. Physics is the study of our physical universe, including mechanics, electricity, magnetism, light, gravity, and atoms. The primary goal of physics is to apply one or more laws of nature for a physical system in order to determine the past or future behavior of that system.

Chemistry and physics courses provide excellent training in problem solving skills as well as insight into the behavior of the universe. Both chemistry and physics are being applied to some of the most pressing problems facing society today, such as food shortages, dwindling energy resources, environmental problems, and health issues. The Chemistry and Engineering Physics Department at UWP provides a variety of chemistry and physics courses for students of all mathematical ability.


Department Chair: Charles R. Cornett
Office: 201 Ottensman Hall
Phone: 608-342-1651
Contact: Dr. Charles Cornett
Office: 312 Ottensman Hall
Phone: 608-342-1651
Jesse G. Reinstein
Charles E. Sundin
Associate Professors:
James P. Hamilton
Steven A. Steiner
Charles R. Cornett
Assistant Professors:
Chanaka Mendis
Tim Zauche
Qiong (June) Li
Sofia Carlos-Cuellar
Program Assistant:
Kelly F. Steiger


Standard Major
American Chemical Society (ACS) Approved Major
Biochemistry Emphasis
Criminalistics Emphasis

About The Department & Major

Five chemistry programs are offered to meet the varied needs of our students. They include: the standard chemistry major; the American Chemical Society (ACS) approved major; the biochemistry emphasis; the chriminalistics emphasis (ACS-track; DNA-track); and the chemistry minor.

General Requirements

Bachelor of Science Degree

Total for Graduation 120 credits
General Education 31 credits

Every student majoring in chemistry must meet the writing certification requirement as established by the department. Details may be obtained from the department chairperson. All chemisty majors are required to have an industrial/research experience in their junior or senior year. This requirement can be satisfied either by Chem 4000, Undergraduate Research or Chem 4660, Cooperative Field Experience or CJ488 Criminalistics Internship.

Statement of purpose - Chemistry program

In order to realize the mission of the university and the vision of hte college, the Chemistry Program has the mission of providing students with information, theories, and applications relaing to the properties and interactions of matter, the methods used to obtain such insight, and the abilities to critically analyze and synthesize such information. Further, the Chemistry Program has a commitment to the preparation of majors in the field of their choice with a strong background in the chemical sciences.

As such, the Chemistry Program will maintain and intellectual environment and eductional experiences which will:

  1. provide students majoring in chemistry with high quality preparation for successful professional practice in chemistry or admission to graduate or other professional schools
  2. provide students majoring in other areas wich specifically require chemistry as part of their curriculum with a broad-based knowledge of chemistry which meets the needs of their major; and
  3. provide students taking chemistry as part of their liberal studies with a broad-based knowledge of chemistry as well as insight into the nature of the natural sciences.

Expected Student Outcomes

  1. A chemistry graduate will be scientifically literate and possess a broad-bases knowledge of chemical principles and techniques.
  2. A chemistry graduate will be able to solve problems through creative and analytical thinking.
  3. A chemistry graduate will be an effective communicator
  4. A chemistry graduate will be intellectually curious and value lifelong learning.
  5. A chemistry graduate will value ethical charachter
  6. A Chemistry Graduate will be able to work independently as well as cooperatively
  7. Non-majors will apply their knowledge of chemistry content with laboratory practices to their major.
  8. Liberal arts students will discover what patterns, principles and dynamics find expression in empirical ldata science; assess the charachter, possibilities, and limitations of the scientific method; and engage actively in analysis of directly encountered natrual phenomena.

Chemistry Major (38 credits required)

The Chemistry Major is designed to equip the graduates with the necessary skills, knowledge and attitudes so they can secure meaningful employment in industrial or governmental laboratories, enter graduate and professional schools, or teach at the secondary school level.

Chemistry majors are required to have a minimum of:

Students in secondary education should add to the 36-credit chemistry requirement, GEOGRPHY 3330 Environmental Conservation. Students who expect to enter a graduate program in chemistry are advised to elect additional advanced courses in chemistry or elect the ACS major.

Chemistry Major, ACS Approved (46 credits required)

The ACD Major is recognized by the American Chemical Society and is designed to give the graduate a stronger focus on chemistry. ACS Majors are required to take MATCH 2840 Calculus and Analytic Geometry III. The curriculum includes all courses required for a chemistry major plus:

Study of a foreign language is recommended for students who plan to persue graduate studies. In addition, substitution of PHYSICS 2530, 2510, 2640 and 2610 for the minimum physics courses is strongly encouraged for ACS chemistry majors.

Chemistry Major, Biochemistry Emphasis (53-55 credits required)

The biochemistry Emphasis is designed to provide the appropriate chemistry and biology background for the graduate who plans to enter fields such as health, agriculture, or safety. The Biochemistry Emphasis includes all courses required for the Chemistry major as well as the following courses:

Biology Elective choose from these (2-4 credits):

Chemistry Major, Criminalistics Emphasis, ACS-Tack (63 credits required) or DNA-Track (66 credits required)

This program gives a chemistry major sufficient background in criminal justice to qualify for criminalistic laboratory work. The curriculum includes all courses required for a chemistry major, plus:

CRIMLJUS 3730 Women and the Law, CRIMLJUS 4030 Criminal Law, CRMLJUS4330 Criminal Prodecure adn Evidence are highly reccomended electives. Criminalistics emphasis majors are required to take the following general eduction courses:

Students electing the ACS-track are required to complete all requirements for the ACS-certified Chemistry Major. Students electing the DNA-track are required to complete the core Cemistyr major, Criminalistics Emphasis courses listed above, and the following courses:

Chemistry Minor (23-24 credits required)

The Chemistry Minor is designed to provide a broader background including a chemistry perspective to students in other majors including those preparing to teach secondary school.

Engineering Physics

Department Chair: Charles R. Cornett
Office: 201 Ottensman Hall
Phone: 608-342-1651
Philip W. Young
Associate Professor:
W. Doyle St. John
Harold T. Evensen
Assistant Professor:
Wei Li
Marlann Patterson
Terry L. Baker
Jerome J. Wilson
Program Assistant:
Kelly F. Steiger

About The Department & Major

The Physics Program at UWP offers a major in Engineering Physics. Physics is a basic science; engineering is the application of science to the safe, feasible, and practical use of technology important to society. Engineering Physics is an interdisciplinary program that combines the studies of physics and engineering into a single curriculum. The physics program also offers a minor in physics with either a science or education emphasis.

Educational Goals and Objectives:

Engineering Physics (EP) at UWP is an interdisciplinary engineering program combining aspects of physics, electrical engineering, and mechanical engineering to develop engineers with the knowledge and skills to address engineering problems in an interdisciplinary environment or in new, emerging technologies. Each EP major is expected to achieve a basic understanding of mechanical and electrical engineering applications plus an ability to apply basic physics principles to engineering problems. Speci?cally, the Engineering Physics program at UWP provides Engineering Physics majors with a quality undergraduate education in liberal studies, mathematics, science, and engineering to prepare them a) to apply fundamental physics andengineering principles, mathematics, and modern engineering tools to solve engineering problems b) to be able to approach nontraditional or multidisciplinary engineering problems, c) as good citizens, and d) for a lifetime of learning.

Graduates of the Engineering Physics (EP) Program must fulfll the following outcomes as part of their education in engineering physics:

  1. Engineering physics graduates from UWP must have demonstrated
    1. a working knowledge of fundamental physics and basic electrical and mechanical engineering principles,
    2. the ability to identify, formulate and solve engineering physics problems
    3. the ability to apply the design process to engineering physics problems and
    4. the ability to formulate, conduct, analyze and interpret experiments in engineering phyiscs.
  2. Engineering physics graduates from UWP must have deveoloped professional skills that will allow them to
    1. Communicate their ideas effectively, both orally and in writing
    2. function effectively in multidisciplinary teams and
    3. use modern engineering physics techniques and tools, including computers and laboratory instrumentation.
  3. Engineering physics graduates from UWP must have the educational background to be good citizens as well as good engineers, including
    1. an understanding of their professional and ethical responsibilty to society
    2. knowledge of contemporary issues related to engineering physics and an understanding of the impact of engineering in a global and societal context, and
    3. a desire for life-long learning to improve themselves as citizens and engineers

Curricular Goals:

The engineering portion of the engineering physics curriculum shall provide EP majors with knowledge and experience in each of the following areas: Physics, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Engineering Physics, and an Engineering Concentration. The four core areas have ?xed course requirements; the concentration consists of an elective sequence. Individual courses may contribute to more than one area.

  1. In the Physics Core students learn the physics of classical mechanics, electricity and magnetism, optics, quantum mechanics, and statistical mechanics along with how to apply these topics to engineering applications and design.
  2. The Mechanical Engineering Core introduces two of the three basic components of mechanical engineering (dynamics, materials, and thermodynamics) plus significant application and design experience in one of these areas.
  3. The Electrical Engineering Core covers circuit analysis, EM ?elds, time and frequency domain analysis plus design experience.
  4. The Engineering Physics Core provides experience in applying physics to engineering applications, including a one semester-long capstone design experience.
  5. Each student must complete an approved Engineering Concentration sequence, thus allowing the pursuit of individual interests within the engineering physics program.

General Requirements

Bachelor of Science Degree

Total for Graduation 129 credits
General Education 31 credits

Engineering Physics Major (98 Credits required)

All Physics or Engineering Physics courses which are prerequisites for later courses in the major must be completed with a C or better. Also, an Engineering Physics major must have a GPA of 2.00 for all 3000/4000 major courses.

Physics Minor (24 credits required)

Minor in Physics (Science emphasis)

A minor in physics with a science emphasis must include:

Plus at least 12 credits from the following:

At least 4 hours of this optional course work must be for physics credit.

Minor in Physics (Education emphasis)

A minor in Physics with an education emphasis must include:

The remaining credits are to be selected from other department courses or from INDUSTDY 2260 Electronic Circuits 3 cr or GENENG 2930 Applications of Electrial Engineering and Basic Thermoscience 3 cr.