This four-year degree program in the interdisciplinary physical sciences offers a strong theoretical foundation in related areas of engineering sciences, mathematics, and physics for professional work in the field of industrial research and technology. It also provides a foundation for graduate degree work in applied mathematics, engineering sciences, and physics.

The AMEP program is an excellent choice for the student with broad interests in mathematics, physics, and engineering. AMEP emphasizes an integrated mathematics and physics curriculum and strives to achieve an optimum balance of breadth and depth in the physical sciences within the confines of a four-year degree.

declaration REQUIREMENTS

Because admission into AMEP is internal to UW–Madison, a student must be admitted to UW–Madison or already be a UW–Madison student to join AMEP.

Admission into AMEP as a freshman requires placement into MATH 222 at least, although placement into MATH 234 (4 or 5 on the AP Calculus BC exam) is preferred. Admission into AMEP as a sophomore or junior requires a 2.750 GPA in introductory core courses taken in the mathematics and physics departments. 


Students should declare AMEP as soon as possible. The first step in declaring the AMEP degree is to visit an AMEP math faculty advisor.  

Students fill out an AMEP degree declaration form (PDF) to change to the “AMP” designation and meet with an AMEP math faculty advisor (see AMEP faculty advisors) who needs to approve and sign the declaration form.

Look for AMEP faculty advisors' office hours in the MATH ADVISING CALENDAR or on the professor's web page (see Declaring AMEP).  When contacting a professor, students should make sure they put "AMEP" in the subject line and send a brief clear message, since professors receive many emails. 

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.

College of Letters & Science Liberal Arts and Science:  B.S.–AMEP


A minimum of 20 credits in Liberal Arts and Science courses outside the physical and mathematical sciences are required.  Courses may not carry a Physical Science designation or be listed (or cross-listed) in the MATH or COMP SCI subjects.  

  1. Complete a minimum of 12 credits in humanities and/or social studies (including a minimum of 6 credits of humanities and 3 credits of social studies as part of the University General Education Requirements).
  2. Credits may include a maximum of 8 credits in biological sciences.
  3. Additional L&S credits outside physical sciences (excluding computer science and mathematics).


AMEP degree candidates must complete the 2nd unit of a foreign language either through high school language study or college coursework.  A unit of a foreign language is equivalent to one year of high school work or one semester/term of college-level work.

Requirements for the Major

A total of at least 125 credits with a minimum GPA of 2.000 is required.


Mathematics (2.750 GPA) 1
MATH 221 Calculus and Analytic Geometry 15
or MATH 275 Topics in Calculus I
MATH 222 Calculus and Analytic Geometry 24-5
or MATH 276 Topics in Calculus II
MATH 234 Calculus--Functions of Several Variables4
FOUNDATION: Physics (2.750 GPA)13-14
First Introductory course
General Physics
General Physics
A Modern Introduction to Physics
and Dynamics 1
Second Introductory course
General Physics
General Physics
A Modern Introduction to Physics
Third Introductory course
Modern Physics for Engineers
Introduction to Solid State Electronics
Introduction to Modern Physics
A Modern Introduction to Physics
CORE: Chemistry5-9
Advanced General Chemistry
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry II
CORE: Mathematics18
Applied Mathematical Analysis
Applied Mathematical Analysis
Linear Algebra and Differential Equations 2
Additional CORE MATH electives from:
Applied Dynamical Systems, Chaos and Modeling
Introduction to the Theory of Probability
Numerical Linear Algebra
Numerical Analysis
Introduction to Stochastic Processes
CORE Physics15
Electromagnetic Fields
Additional CORE PHYSICS electives from:
Electric Circuits and Electronics
Special Topics in Physics
Thermal Physics
Atomic and Quantum Physics
Atomic and Quantum Physics
CORE Engineering
21 credits in Engineering courses approved by your AMEP Engineering advisor21
Laboratory Experience 3
Aerodynamics Lab
Intermediate Laboratory-Mechanics and Modern Physics
Electric Circuits and Electronics
Advanced Laboratory
Computational Experience 4
Problem Solving Using Computers
Introduction to Numerical Methods
Numerical Linear Algebra
Numerical Analysis
Total Credits85-91


  • Minimum 2.000 GPA in AMEP program courses
  • Minimum 2.000 GPA and 15 upper-level AMEP program credits, taken in residence5
  • 15 credits in AMEP program courses, taken on the UW–Madison campus

Honors in the Major 

Honors in the Major is not available in Applied Mathematics, Engineering, and Physics.


Students earning an AMEP program GPA of 3.500 and higher will be nominated for Distinction in the Major.

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. State, explain and apply principal theorems and techniques of applied mathematics, including (but not limited to) the subject areas of vector and complex calculus, linear algebra, and differential equations.
  2. State, explain and apply theory and methods of classical and modern physics such as mechanics (classical, statistical, quantum), electricity, magnetism, thermodynamics, radiation and atomic physics.
  3. Develop strategies to synthesize applied mathematics and physical sciences to address engineering problems, with emphasis on problems of current interest.
  4. Design and conduct experiments to explore hypotheses regarding science and/or technology and/or engineering problems, and will use mathematics to help interpret experimental results.
  5. Work in multidisciplinary groups of mathematicians, physical scientists, and engineers to formulate and solve STEM problems, which includes the creation and evaluation of models for natural phenomena.
  6. Through written and oral presentations, students will communicate technical/scientific ideas and results to experts and non-experts.

Sample Four-Year Plan

This Sample Four-Year Plan is a tool to assist students and their advisor(s). Students should use it—along with their DARS report, the Degree Planner, and Course Search & Enroll tools—to make their own four-year plan based on their placement scores, credit for transferred courses and approved examinations, and individual interests. As students become involved in athletics, honors, research, student organizations, study abroad, volunteer experiences, and/or work, they might adjust the order of their courses to accommodate these experiences. Students will likely revise their own four-year plan several times during college.

First Year
CHEM 1095Communication A3
Foreign Language 14Foreign Language 24
 18 15
Second Year
MATH 3213INTER-LS 2101
Humanities Breadth3MATH 3223
Core Math Elective 13Core Math Elective 23
Ethnic Studies/Social Science Breadth3Humanities Breadth3
 Biological/Social Science or Humanities3
 16 16
Third Year
PHYSICS 3223Core Physics 24
Core Math Elective 33Core Physics 34
Physics Elective 14Computational Experience3
Lab Experience2-4Engineering 13
Humanities/Social Science Breadth3 
 16 14
Fourth Year
Communication B3Engineering courses9
Engineering Courses12Humanities Breadth3
 15 15
Total Credits 125

For information about advising for the special Letters & Science degree program, students should refer to AMEP Advising.

Students can also get questions answered about declaring the major and getting advising by contacting the Department of Mathematics at 608-263-2546.

L&S career resources

SuccessWorks at the College of Letters & Science helps students leverage the academic skills learned in their major, certificates, and liberal arts degree; explore and try out different career paths; participate in internships; prepare for the job search and/or graduate school applications; and network with professionals in the field (alumni and employers). In short, SuccessWorks helps students in the College of Letters & Science discover themselves, find opportunities, and develop the skills they need for success after graduation.

SuccessWorks can also assist students in career advising, résumé and cover letter writing, networking opportunities, and interview skills, as well as course offerings for undergraduates to begin their career exploration early in their undergraduate career. 

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