Our goal is to provide a broad foundation in the fundamentals of physics with an emphasis on developing laboratory skills. These skills provide students with hands-on experience applying general theories and techniques to solve a wide variety of problems.
UW-River Falls has five different major options that enable a student to work with an adviser to tailor a program for a wide range of interests. In addition to two traditional physics options, we offer applied physics, a physics/engineering dual degree, education, two minor options, a pre-engineering program, and we participate in the broad field science program.
The physics faculty are committed to quality undergraduate teaching, and genuinely enjoy interacting with students. In addition to first-rate instruction in the classroom, there are numerous opportunities to work more extensively with faculty research on a number of topics ranging from lasers to astrophysics to liquid crystals and polymers.
The options for students who have studied physics are vast. There is high demand for the analytical, mathematical and computational skills involved in physics. UWRF physics majors get jobs in high technology fields such as electronics, semiconductors, photonics, robotics, aviation, systems integration, research and development of new products, quality control, computer interfacing and computer aided design and more. There are also tremendous opportunities for secondary school teachers where demand continues to outstrip supply. Studying physics teaches students how to find and process information to solve problems, no matter what the field of endeavor. The number one asset a physics major provides is the ability to ferret out the essential features of problems, and to develop creative ways to solve them.
seeks to discover how the universe works. UWRF students develop a firm foundation in physics, mathematics, scientific programming, and technical writing. These skills also form the basis for many technical and scientific careers. Our program provides opportunities for hands-on experience in research and industrial environments.
Department of Physics
125 Centennial Science Hall