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Applied Mathematics, Engineering, and Physics (AMEP)

Requirements for the Degree 
Honors in the Major
Distinction in the Major

203 Van Vleck Hall, 480 Lincoln Drive, Madison, WI 53706; 608-263-2546, www.math.wisc.edu/~amep

Program Director: Professor Waleffe (Mathematics, Engineering Physics)
Committee-in-Charge: Professors Forest (Physics), Graham (Chemical Engineering), Waleffe (Mathematics, Engineering Physics)

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 4-year degree.

Requirements for the Degree

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

The basic requirements for the degree include:

  • General Education
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Engineering
General Education Requirement

The AMEP program requires the completion of the General Education Requirements that all students entering UW–Madison as freshmen or undergraduate transfer students must satisfy for the university.

The purpose of the General Education Requirements is to ensure that every graduate of the University of Wisconsin–Madison 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. These requirements provide for breadth across the humanities and arts, social studies, and natural sciences; competence in communication, critical thinking, and analytical skills appropriate for a university-educated person; and investigation of the issues raised by living in a culturally diverse society. 

The General Education requirements include:

  • Communication
  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • Breadth
    • Ethnic Studies

    See General Education Requirements for specific details related to these requirements.  

    Liberal Arts and Science (LAS) Requirement

    A minimum of 20 credits in liberal arts and science (C) courses outside the physical and mathematical sciences are required. Courses must carry the "C" designation in the Course Guide and may not carry a physical science (P) breadth designation or be listed or crosslisted in the mathematics or computer science departments.

    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's 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 sciences and mathematics).
    Foreign Language Requirement 

    AMEP degree candidates must compete the 2nd unit of a foreign language either through high school language study or college coursework.

    Foundation Courses

    Note: Students should be eligible to take calculus and physics during their first semester on campus.

    1. Introductory Math

    A student must have a grade point average of at least 2.75 in the following calculus courses:
    Math 221 (5 cr), 222 (4 cr), and 234 (4 cr)

    2. Introductory Physics

    A student must have a grade point average of at least 2.75 in the following physics courses:
    (Recommended) Physics 247 (5 cr), 248 (5 cr), and 249 (4 cr) OR Physics 207 (5 cr), 208 (5 cr), and 241 (3 cr)

    Core Requirements
    1. Chemistry

    Complete at least one semester of basic chemistry (Chem 109 or Chem 103/104).

    2. Math (18 cr)

    Complete the following intermediate math courses: Math 320*, 321, 322
    (*Taking both Math 319 and Math 340 can be substituted for Math 320.)
    Complete additional credits of mathematics from the following courses: Math 415, 431, 513, 514, 632

    3. Physics (15 cr)

    Complete the following Intermediate Physics courses: Physics 311, 322
    Complete additional credits of Physics from the following courses: Physics 321, 325, 415, 448, 449.

    4. Engineering (21 cr)

    Complete at least 21 credits in Engineering science, forming a progressive and cohesive sequence, in consultation with your AMEP engineering advisor.

    5. Laboratory (3 cr)

    Complete 3 credits of approved Laboratory experience. These credits can be met by one of the courses taken to meet the Physics or Engineering requirement that are also designated as a lab.

    6. Computational (3 cr)

    Complete 3 credits of approved Computational experience. These credits can be met by one of the courses taken to meet the Physics or Engineering requirement that are also computational in content.

    Residence and Quality of Work Requirement

    Earn a 2.000 GPA on 30 credits in Math, Physics, and Engineering required courses in the program.

    Honors in the Major

    Students interested in earning Honors in the Major should consult with the department honors advisor. Students should ordinarily declare to the department their intention to graduate with Honors in the Major at the end of their sophomore year or the start of their junior year, and must receive permission from the department honors advisor before being admitted to the department honors track.

    Distinction in the Major

    Students satisfactorily completing coursework in the AMEP program with at least a cumulative GPA of 3.5 will be nominated for Distinction in the Major.