Admission to the College as a Freshman

Students applying to UW–Madison need to indicate an engineering major as their first choice in order to be considered for direct admission to the College of Engineering. Direct admission to a major means students will start in the program of their choice in the College of Engineering and will need to meet progression requirements at the end of the first year to guarantee advancement in that program.

Cross-Campus Transfer to Engineering

UW–Madison students in other schools and colleges on campus must meet the course and credit requirements for admission to engineering degree granting classifications specified in the general college requirements. The requirements are the minimum for admission consideration. Cross-campus admission is competitive and selective, and the grade point average expectations may increase as demand trends change. The student’s overall academic record at UW–Madison is also considered. Students apply to their intended engineering program by submitting the online application by stated deadlines for spring and fall. The College of Engineering offers an online information tutorial and drop-in advising for students to learn about the cross-campus transfer process.

Off-Campus Transfer to Engineering

With careful planning, students at other accredited institutions can transfer coursework that will apply toward engineering degree requirements at UW–Madison. Off-campus transfer applicants are considered for direct admission to the College of Engineering by applying to the Office of Admissions with an engineering major listed as their first choice. Those who are admitted to their intended engineering program must meet progression requirements at the point of transfer or within their first two semesters at UW–Madison to guarantee advancement in that program. A minimum of 30 credits in residence in the College of Engineering is required after transferring, and all students must meet all requirements for their major in the college. Transfer admission to the College of Engineering is competitive and selective, and students who have earned more than 80 transferable semester credits at the time of application are not eligible to apply.

The College of Engineering has dual degree programs with select four-year UW System campuses. Eligible dual degree applicants are not subject to the 80 credit limit.

Off-campus transfer students are encouraged to discuss their interests, academic background, and admission options with the Transfer Coordinator in the College of Engineering: or 608-262-2473.

Second Bachelor's Degree

The College of Engineering does not accept second undergraduate degree applications. Second degree students might explore the Biological Systems Engineering program at UW–Madison, an undergraduate engineering degree elsewhere, or a graduate program in the College of Engineering.

University General Education Requirements

All undergraduate students at the University of Wisconsin–Madison are required to fulfill a minimum set of common university general education requirements to ensure that every graduate acquires the essential core of an undergraduate education. This core establishes a foundation for living a productive life, being a citizen of the world, appreciating aesthetic values, and engaging in lifelong learning in a continually changing world. Various schools and colleges will have requirements in addition to the requirements listed below. Consult your advisor for assistance, as needed. For additional information, see the university Undergraduate General Education Requirements section of the Guide.

General Education
  • Breadth—Humanities/Literature/Arts: 6 credits
  • Breadth—Natural Science: 4 to 6 credits, consisting of one 4- or 5-credit course with a laboratory component; or two courses providing a total of 6 credits
  • Breadth—Social Studies: 3 credits
  • Communication Part A & Part B *
  • Ethnic Studies *
  • Quantitative Reasoning Part A & Part B *

* The mortarboard symbol appears before the title of any course that fulfills one of the Communication Part A or Part B, Ethnic Studies, or Quantitative Reasoning Part A or Part B requirements.

Summary of Requirements

The following curriculum applies to students who entered the program after fall 2018.

Mathematics and Statistics25
Engineering Science25
Focus Area22
Technical Electives6
Communication Skills8
Liberal Studies16
Total Credits130

Mathematics and Statistics 

MATH 221 Calculus and Analytic Geometry 15
or MATH 217 Calculus with Algebra and Trigonometry II
or MATH 275 Topics in Calculus I
MATH 222 Calculus and Analytic Geometry 24
or MATH 276 Topics in Calculus II
MATH 234 Calculus--Functions of Several Variables4
MATH 319 Techniques in Ordinary Differential Equations3
MATH 321 Applied Mathematical Analysis3
MATH 340 Elementary Matrix and Linear Algebra3
or MATH 341 Linear Algebra
STAT 324 Introductory Applied Statistics for Engineers3
or STAT 311 Introduction to Theory and Methods of Mathematical Statistics I
or STAT/​MATH  431 Introduction to the Theory of Probability
Total Credits25


Select one of the following:5-10
Advanced General Chemistry
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry II
PHYSICS 202 General Physics5
or PHYSICS 208 General Physics
PHYSICS 241 Introduction to Modern Physics3
or PHYSICS 205 Modern Physics for Engineers
PHYSICS 322 Electromagnetic Fields3
E P 271 Engineering Problem Solving I3
or COMP SCI 310 Problem Solving Using Computers
M S & E 351 Materials Science-Structure and Property Relations in Solids3
or CBE 440 Chemical Engineering Materials
N E 305 Fundamentals of Nuclear Engineering3
or PHYSICS 531 Introduction to Quantum Mechanics
Computing Elective (select one)3
Programming II
Introduction to Numerical Methods (required for students in Scientific Computing Focus Area)
Intermediate Problem Solving for Engineers
Introduction to Scientific Computing for Engineering Physics
Total Credits28-33

Engineering Science

E M A 201 Statics3
or PHYSICS 201 General Physics
or PHYSICS 207 General Physics
PHYSICS 311 Mechanics3
or E M A 202 Dynamics
or M E 240 Dynamics
E M A 303 Mechanics of Materials3
or M E 306 Mechanics of Materials
E M A/​M E  307 Mechanics of Materials Lab1
M E 361 Thermodynamics3
or M S & E 330 Thermodynamics of Materials
E C E 376 Electrical and Electronic Circuits3
or PHYSICS 321 Electric Circuits and Electronics
M E 363 Fluid Dynamics3
M E 364 Elementary Heat Transfer3
or M S & E 331 Transport Phenomena in Materials
INTEREGR 170 Design Practicum3
Total Credits25

 Focus Area

Research and Development/Senior Thesis

Expectations for Research Projects

Completion of the engineering physics degree program requires satisfactory completion of the E P 468 Introduction to Engineering Research, E P 469 Research Proposal in Engineering PhysicsE P 568 Research Practicum in Engineering Physics I, and E P 569 Research Practicum in Engineering Physics II coursework sequence, which culminates in a senior research thesis. The research topic chosen by the student and agreed upon by the advisor should be on a topic connected to the chosen Focus Area. The research conducted should be such that the student participates in the creation of new knowledge, experiences the excitement of the research process, and makes a contribution so that it would be appropriate to include the student's name on a scholarly publication if one results from the research.

Senior Thesis

A senior thesis, completed during enrollment in E P 569 Research Practicum in Engineering Physics II is required. The senior thesis is a written document reporting on a substantial piece of work. It should be written in the style of a graduate thesis. The faculty advisor, in consultation with a research mentor, determines the grade which the student receives for the thesis. A bound copy of the thesis must be submitted to the engineering physics department office.

On or before the Friday of finals week of the semester in which E P 569 Research Practicum in Engineering Physics II is taken, the senior thesis must be presented orally by the student to a committee of three professors in a publicly announced seminar. Interested faculty and students will be invited to attend.

Research and Development

Research and Development8
E P 468 Introduction to Engineering Research1
E P 469 Research Proposal in Engineering Physics1
E P 568 Research Practicum in Engineering Physics I3
E P 569 Research Practicum in Engineering Physics II3

 Focus Area Electives


Focus Area Total Credits:14
PHYSICS 551 Solid State Physics3
At Least One of:
E P/​E M A  615 Micro- and Nanoscale Mechanics3
M S & E 553 Nanomaterials & Nanotechnology3
At Least One of:
E M A 506 Advanced Mechanics of Materials I3
E M A 622 Mechanics of Continua3
E M A 519 Fracture Mechanics3
At Least One of:
M S & E 448 Crystallography and X-Ray Diffraction3
E M A 611 Advanced Mechanical Testing of Materials3
M E 601 Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering (Micro & Nano Fabrication)1-3
N E 602 Special Topics in Reactor Engineering (Vacuum Technology Lab)0-3
PHYSICS 623 Electronic Aids to Measurement4
PHYSICS 625 Applied Optics4
M S & E 748 Structural Analysis of Materials3
Open Electives:
M S & E 333 Microprocessing of Materials3
E C E 335 Microelectronic Devices3
M S & E 434 Introduction to Thin-Film Deposition Processes3
M S & E 441 Deformation of Solids3
E C E 445 Semiconductor Physics and Devices3
M S & E 451 Introduction to Ceramic Materials3
E M A/​M S & E  541 Heterogeneous and Multiphase Materials3
M S & E 560 Fundamentals of Atomistic Modeling3
M S & E 570 Properties of Solid Surfaces3
CHEM 630 Selected Topics in Analytical Chemistry1-3
M S & E 756 Structure and Properties of Advanced Electronic Materials3

Plasma Science and Engineering

Focus Area Total Credits:14
N E/​E C E/​PHYSICS  525 Introduction to Plasmas3
At Least One of:
N E/​E C E/​PHYSICS  527 Plasma Confinement and Heating3
N E/​E C E  528 Plasma Processing and Technology3
At Least One of:
N E 526 Laboratory Course in Plasmas3
Open Electives:
N E 408 Ionizing Radiation3
N E 536 Feasibility St of Power from Controlled Thermonuclear Fusion3
Any plasma-related special topics course in NE
PHYSICS 415 Thermal Physics3
PHYSICS 623 Electronic Aids to Measurement4
PHYSICS 625 Applied Optics4
N E/​E C E/​PHYSICS  724 Waves and Instabilities in Plasmas3
N E/​E C E/​PHYSICS  725 Plasma Kinetic Theory and Radiation Processes3
N E/​E C E/​PHYSICS  726 Plasma Magnetohydrodynamics3

 Scientific Computing

Focus Area Total Credits:14
At Least One of:
N E/​MED PHYS  506 Monte Carlo Radiation Transport3
M E 573 Computational Fluid Dynamics3
E M A 605 Introduction to Finite Elements3
E C E 742 Computational Methods in Electromagnetics3
At Least One of:
Students must take at least two credits of laboratory experience in the Physical or Biological Sciences beyond the required chemistry and mechanics of materials courses
Open Electives:
E P/​E M A  476 Introduction to Scientific Computing for Engineering Physics3
COMP SCI 300 Programming II3
COMP SCI/​MATH  513 Numerical Linear Algebra3
COMP SCI/​MATH  514 Numerical Analysis3
COMP SCI/​I SY E/​MATH/​STAT  525 Linear Optimization3
COMP SCI 577 Introduction to Algorithms4
COMP SCI/​MATH  714 Methods of Computational Mathematics I3
COMP SCI/​MATH  715 Methods of Computational Mathematics II3
M S & E 560 Fundamentals of Atomistic Modeling3
M E/​COMP SCI/​E C E/​E M A/​E P  759 High Performance Computing for Applications in Engineering3
Any scientific-computing-related special topics course in NE

Technical Elective

Select 6 credits from:6
Co-op (no more than 3 credits)
300+ level courses in the CoE except for E P D/INTEREGR
300+ level courses in MATH, PHYSICS, COMP SCI, STAT (except STAT 301), ASTRON, MED PHYS, and CHEM departments
Students may also propose any class that they feel will benefit their education path with pre-requisite of two physics or calculus classes. For these courses the advisor will review the request and if approved, recommend a DARS substitution.

Communication Skills

ENGL 100 Introduction to College Composition3
or COM ARTS 100 Introduction to Speech Composition
or LSC 100 Science and Storytelling
or ESL 118 Academic Writing II
E P D 275 Technical Presentations2
INTEREGR 397 Engineering Communication (was EPD 397 before Fall 2020)3
Total Credits8

 Liberal Studies

Complete Requirements 1

Total Credits: 130–132

For information on credit load, adding or dropping courses, course substitutions, pass/fail, auditing courses, dean's honor list, repeating courses, probation, and graduation, see the College of Engineering Official Regulations.

University Degree Requirements

Total Degree To receive a bachelor's degree from UW–Madison, students must earn a minimum of 120 degree credits. The requirements for some programs may exceed 120 degree credits. Students should consult with their college or department advisor for information on specific credit requirements.
Residency Degree candidates are required to earn a minimum of 30 credits in residence at UW–Madison. "In residence" means on the UW–Madison campus with an undergraduate degree classification. “In residence” credit also includes UW–Madison courses offered in distance or online formats and credits earned in UW–Madison Study Abroad/Study Away programs.
Quality of Work Undergraduate students must maintain the minimum grade point average specified by the school, college, or academic program to remain in good academic standing. Students whose academic performance drops below these minimum thresholds will be placed on academic probation.
  1. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  2. an ability to apply engineering research practices to produce results that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
  3. an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  4. an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
  5. an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
  6. an ability to apply experimental, theoretical, and computational methods to address scientific and engineering objectives
  7. an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.


First Year
CHEM 10915E M A 2013
MATH 2215MATH 2224
Communications A3PHYSICS 2025
INTEREGR 17023Liberal Studies Elective3
 16 15
Second Year
MATH 3193MATH 2344
PHYSICS 241 or 2053PHYSICS 32243
PHYSICS 3113M S & E 351 or CBE 4403
E P 271 or COMP SCI 3103E M A 3033
E P D 275 or COM ARTS 1052E M A/​M E  3071
STAT 3243Liberal Studies Elective3
E P 46831E P 4691
 18 18
Third Year
N E 305 or PHYSICS 53153Technical Elective3
E P Focus Area Course3INTEREGR 397 (was EPD 397)3
MATH 3213E C E 376 or PHYSICS 3213-4
M E 361 or M S E 3303-4MATH 340 or 3413
Computing Elective3Liberal Studies Elective3
 15-16 15-16
Fourth Year
E P 5683E P 5693
M E 3633E P Focus Area Course2
E P Focus Area Course3M E 364 or M S E 3313
E P Focus Area Course3Technical Elective3
Liberal Studies Elective4E P Focus Area Course3
 Liberal Studies Elective3
 16 17
Total Credits 130-132


Each College of Engineering program has academic advisors dedicated to serving its students. Program advisors can help current College of Engineering students with questions about accessing courses, navigating degree requirements, resolving academic issues and more. Students can find their assigned advisor on the homepage of their student center. 

Continuing students who have fulfilled the progression requirements will also be assigned an Engineering Physics faculty advisor. Before enrolling in courses each semester, students must meet with their faculty advisor for assistance in planning courses and reviewing degree requirements. Faculty advisors are a valuable resource, as they can provide students with in-depth guidance on course content, internship and job opportunities, research, and more.

Engineering Career Services

Engineering Career Services (ECS) assists students in identifying pre-professional work-based learning experiences such as co-ops and summer internships, considering and applying to graduate or professional school, and finding full-time professional employment during their graduation year.

ECS offers two major career fairs per year, assists with resume writing and interviewing skills, hosts workshops on the job search, and meets one-on-one with students to discuss offer negotiations.

Students are encouraged to utilize the ECS office early in their academic careers. For comprehensive information on ECS programs and workshops, see the ECS website or call 608-262-3471.


Paul Wilson (Chair)
Riccardo Bonazza
Curt A. Bronkhorst
Wendy Crone
Adrien Couet
Chris Hegna
Douglass Henderson
Roderic Lakes
Oliver Schmitz
Carl Sovinec
Kumar Sridharan
Fabian Waleffe


Jennifer Choy
Stephanie Diem
Jennifer Franck
Benedikt Geiger
Ben Lindley
Jacob Notbohm
Ramathasan Thevamaran
Yongfeng Zhang

See also Engineering Physics Faculty Directory.


Facilities available for instruction and research include:

Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer Laboratories
Instructional Computing Labs (in Computer Aided Engineering)
Nanomechanics Laboratory
Nuclear Instrumentation Laboratory
Plasma Physics Laboratories
Superconductivity and Cryogenics Laboratories


Most financial assistance is awarded through the Office of Student Financial Aid (333 E. Campus Mall RM 9701, 262-3060). Some financial assistance is also available from the College of Engineering. Please see your academic advisor or Student Services Center, 1410 Engineering Drive, for more information. The Department has a limited amount of scholarship funds that are awarded on a merit basis, usually at the beginning of the fall semester. An application for departmental scholarships is not necessary; all students are automatically considered in the competition for departmental scholarships.