Math and Physics Faculty-Led Immersion Academics
EligibilityTo apply, you must be a currently enrolled, degree-seeking, undergraduate UW-Eau Claire student. This program targets Mathematics and Physics majors and minors, but students pursuing other science related areas (Chemistry, Material Science, and Computer Science) are also welcome to apply. The prerequisites for this program are PHYS 232 (University Physics II) and MATH 216 (Calculus III). You need to be in good academic, conduct and financial standing. You also need to have a cumulative GPA of 2.3. You must maintain enrollment and continue to meet the academic standing and GPA requirements the semester prior to departure. You may apply as a first year student, but must have at least sophomore standing by the time the program begins.
Course InformationThe summer 2019 course in Scotland is MATH/PHYSICS 491: Differential Equations, Differential Geometry and Relativity (4 elective credits), team-taught by Dr. Colleen Duffy (Mathematics) and Dr. Paul Thomas (Physics & Astronomy). Students will also be required to attend three pre-program meetings during spring semester. These meetings will cover logistics, safety, expectations, British culture (academic and scientific), and details about Aberdeen.
Liberal Education/General Education RequirementsFor students in catalog years 2016-17 and later, this program fulfills the Responsibility Outcome 2 (R2): Global Perspectives requirement upon completion of all course assignments.
For students in catalog years through 2015-16, this program fulfills 4 credits of the Foreign Culture requirement upon successful program completion (students earning a B.A., B.F.A. or B.M degree in the College of Arts & Sciences cannot use study abroad to fulfill their foreign language/foreign culture requirement. See the university catalog for details).
Academic CalendarThe tentative program dates are June 2 - June 29, 2019. These dates are still tentative, do not book flights until after orientation in March.
Students will meet in the classroom at the University of Aberdeen for 3 hours, 5 days per week, and have the afternoons free to complete homework and visit important historical and scientific sites in the city. A weekend excursion to Edinburgh and a weeklong final field trip to London, Oxford, and Cambridge are also included in the immersion. Potential visits include: Woolsthorpe Manor, Museum of the History of Science in Oxford, the London Science Museum, the Cavendish Museum in Cambridge, and the Royal Observatory in Greenwich.