What is Engineering Physics?

Engineering Physics (EP) at UW-Platteville is an ABET-accredited engineering program that combines:

  • Applied Physics
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

The EP curriculum provides students with:

  • a fundamental knowledge of physics
  • introductory courses in mechanical and electrical engineering
  • experience in engineering design
  • a professional engineering emphasis tailored to suit the individual's particular interests

Why Choose Engineering Physics?

Students choose EP for a variety of reasons:

  • Flexibility: students can tailor their course of study to fit a particular engineering emphasis.
    • Some students use the EP curriculum to find their own "niche" in engineering and then focus their electives in that area.
  • Breadth: the EP core curriculum teaches students to understand the mechanical aspects of systems and also how to control systems electronically.
    • Students are thus well-equipped with a wide range of problem-solving skills.

What Professional Emphases have Past Students Chosen?

Although students are free to design their own particular emphasis, the EP program provides guidance in the form of several suggested professional concentrations based upon the experience of past students. These include suggested courses of study for areas such as:

  • Digital Electronics
  • Thermal Design
  • Electrical Power
  • Mechanical Design
  • Controls

How do Employers Describe our Graduates?

Below are statements taken from a survey given to employers of UW-Platteville Engineering Physics graduates, with average scores for relevance to the employer and achievement by the graduate on a scale of 1-3. The statements are sorted by relevance and only the most relevant are shown.

The graduate has demonstrated the ability to... Relevance Achievement
... solve nontraditional and/or multidisciplinary engineering problems 3.00/3 2.66/3
... demonstrate leadership 3.00/3 3.00/3
... be effective in a team environment 2.66/3 2.66/3
... be responsible and hold him/herself accountable 2.66/3 3.00/3
... remain current in their field 2.66/3 3.00/3

One employer testimonial: [The graduate] is by far and away one of the best engineers I have ever worked with in all aspects of job performance be it technical or in the ability to work as part of a team. I always seek her participation on any program I am on.

EP Contact

Contact Information


Dr. Andrew Pawl
Dept. of Engineering Physics
University of Wisconsin-Platteville
1 University Plaza, Platteville, WI 53818
Tel: 608.342.1651
Fax: 608.342.1052
E-mail: physics@uwplatt.edu
Program Office: 210 Engineering Hall

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