Welcome . . .

to the UWRF to the Physics/Chemistry/Engineering page. We offer several options for students wishing to become engineers.

I. New! Agricultural Engineering in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences

II. Physics/Chemistry/Engineering Dual Degree Program: Two Degrees!

Earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Physics for Industry and Engineering or Chemistry from UW-River Falls and an ABET-accredited Bachelor of Science degree in engineering from one of our partners: University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, University of Wisconsin – Madison, University of Minnesota-Duluth, or University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. Engineering degrees available include:

Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics
Biological Systems Engineering
Biomedical Engineering
Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Computer Engineering
Electrical Engineering
Engineering Mechanics and Astronautics
Engineering Physics
Environmental Engineering
Geological Engineering
Industrial Engineering
Industrial and Systems Engineering
Materials Engineering
Materials Science and Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Nuclear Engineering

Degrees earned:
     B.S. Applied Physics for Industry and Engineering or Chemistry, University of Wisconsin-River Falls
     B.S. Engineering, UM-Twin Cities, UW-Madison, UM-Duluth, UW-Milwaukee
Years to completion: about 5

III. Pre-Engineering: Begin your engineering degree at UW-River Falls

Complete two years at UW-River Falls and two years at an engineering university. UWRF offers all the physics, mathematics and chemistry you need plus your first engineering and electronics courses.  You can save money and enjoya supportive environment while making excellent progress toward you engineering degree.

Degrees earned:
     B.S. Engineering
Years to completion: about 4

IV. Bachelor of Science in Applied Physics for Industry and Engineering (APIE) & Master of Science (or Ph.D.) in Engineering

Earn a Bachelor of Science in Applied Physics for Industry and Engineering at UWRF and a Masters or Ph.D. in Engineering from an engineering graduate school.  Note that almost all graduate work in science and engineering is financially supported through tuition remission and a salary or stipend for being a teaching assistant or research assistant. Some students receive fellowships as well. So unlike many fields in which students must pay for graduate school with loans, students pursuing Masters and PhD work in science and engineering fields do not take on debt to do so.   Here are the sample four year plans for APIE and the four certificates that APIE majors can pursue in Optics and Electronics, Mechanics, Entrepreneurship, and/or Biology.

Degrees earned:
     B.S. Applied Physics for Industry and Engineering, University of Wisconsin-River Falls
     M.S. or Ph.D. in Engineering, engineering university
Years to completion: about 6 (more for a Ph.D.)

Why Study Engineering at UWRF?

Questions and Answers for Students and Their Parents

Pre-Professional Engineering Degree Requirements (Catalog)


Prof. Rellen Hardtke
University of Wisconsin-River Falls
121 Centennial Science Hall
410 S. Third St.
River Falls, WI 54022-5001

Phone: (715) 425-4230
Fax: (715) 425-0652

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