Welcome . . .

to the UWRF Physics Department, part of the University of Wisconsin System's Center of Excellence for Undergraduate Physics and Chemistry. 

We are dedicated to helping students learn physics by providing a rigorous curriculum within a supportive environment.

Our mission includes excellent teaching, individualized advising, quality scholarship and public outreach. 


UW-River Falls will host the Science Olympiad Border Battle, Saturday, January 23, 2016.  Registration Open!

Scholarship opportunities exist to help support your studies. 

Team, Falcon One at NASA Midwest High-Power Rocket Competition in North Branch, MN
(May 20, 2015)

FalconOne, UWRF rocket team

2015 Falcon One Rocket Team (Top left clockwise) Jose Bermeo, Justin Diercks, Dr. Glenn Spiczak, Farris Al-Humayani, Robert Dietrich
and August Fritze

What does a physics major do?

Check out the incredibly diverse careers using physics.

Latest News...

Fall 2015 Astronomy Talks and Observatory Viewing

The talks will be held at 8:00 PM in CSH 271 at and, if the night is clear, the observatory viewing sessions will be on the 3rd floor deck of CSH at 8:30 PM. Both are free, open to the public, and suitable for all ages. People can call 715-425-3560 after 6 PM on the day to see whether the night is clear enough for viewing but the talk will go on as scheduled. Contact Eileen Korenic ( for information on pre-observatory talks and Glenn Spiczak ( for observatory information.
Objects to be seen include planets, globular clusters, open clusters, nebulae, galaxies, moons, and double stars. The presenter for all three talks will be Eileen Korenic.

Tuesday, November 17  -  "Well, duh!: The Gravitational Constant Is Constant"
Wednesday, December 9  -  "Christmas in Summer: Southern Hemisphere Constellations"


Contact Us

Physics Department
Phone: 715-425-3235
Fax:   715-425-0652