The Physics department is dedicated to helping students learn physics by providing a rigorous curriculum and supportive environment. There are multiple options for Pre-Engineering through the Physics department. They include:
Dual Degree Program
Study at UWRF for 3 years and then complete your engineering courses in 2 years at the University of Minnesota (UM) or the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW). Students who maintain a minimum grade point average (about 3.0) are guaranteed admission to University of Minnesota or University of Wisconsin-Madison under the Dual Degree program. Degrees earned would be a B.S. Physics, University of Wisconsin - River Falls and a B.S. Engineering, University of Minnesota or University of Wisconsin-Madison. Typically the years to completion would be about 5 years. This major is designed to give students a firm physics background before finishing up school with an engineering degree.
Complete two years at UW-River Falls and two years at an engineering university. Students would earn a B.S. Engineering, University of Minnesota, University of Wisconsin-Madison, or another university. Typically the years to completion would be about 4 years.
Bachelor of Science in Physics and Master of Science in Engineering
Students may also complete a physics degree at UW-River Falls and earn a Master’s degree in engineering. Students may earn a B.S. with a major in Physics, from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls and a M.S. in Engineering, from either the University of Minnesota, or the University of Wisconsin-Madison, or another university. Typically the years to completion would be about 6 years.
Internships are an important part of learning how to apply fundamental knowledge outside the classroom. Students learn life-long career skills like resume and cover letter preparation, networking, and career research skills in a one-credit class in the fall of their sophomore year. Many 10-week paid summer internships enable students to gain valuable experience and get hands-on training in areas like fuel cells, computer-aided design, micro-electronics, plasma fusion physics, gravitational theory, or astro-particle physics.