Why Study Engineering

Why Study Engineering at UWRF?

• Small class sizes, typically 10 - 30 students. Yes, your professors will know your name and will get to know you.

• Quality instruction and extensive interaction with your professors. Our faculty are dedicated to teaching and advising.

• Classes and labs are taught by faculty with PhDs, not by teaching assistants or graduate students.

• Few problems with full classes – you will always be able to get the physics and engineering courses you need.

• Students receive accurate advising and updated course planning every semester. Advisors are available to answer questions at any time.

• UW-River Falls is an excellent value with inexpensive tuition and free textbook use. Minnesota students pay Wisconsin tuition rates.

• Guaranteed admission to U. of Minnesota - Twin Cities’ Institute of Technology (College of Engineering) and U. of Wisconsin – Madison College of Engineering (with minimum 3.0 GPA, typically).

• UWRF has engineering agreements with U. of Minnesota - Twin Cities and U. of Wisconsin - Madison, two of the best engineering universities in the country. In the 2011 U.S. News & World Report undergraduate school rankings, UW-Madison’s engineering program ranked 7th best among public universities and U. of Minnesota’s engineering program ranked 13th.

• UWRF has a beautiful campus with lots of trees, green space, river, woods, and trails. A new student center next to the current science building is an inviting activity hub of campus. Yet UWRF is just 30 mi. from Minneapolis/St. Paul, MSP airport, the Metrodome, and the Mall of America.

• Excellent employment prospects. In Job Outlook 2010, published by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, engineering degrees were 8 of top 10 highest paid degrees and 4 of top 10 most in-demand degrees.

• Excellent starting salaries for engineering graduates.

• Many fields of study are available:

Aerospace and aeronautical engineering,
Agricultural engineering,
Bio-based products engineering,
Biomedical engineering,
Chemical engineering,
Civil engineering,
Computer and software engineering,
Electrical engineering,
Environmental engineering,
Geological engineering,
Industrial engineering,
Materials engineering

• Scholarships, research assistantships, and internships are available.

• The UWRF physics department has a cooperative, comfortable atmosphere where students work together in a roomy lounge/library area.

• An active Society of Physics Students club.

• UWRF students can pursue undergraduate research projects, providing great experience for future jobs or graduate school. Previous students worked with professors on liquid crystals, optical traps, spectroscopy, astrophysics, and construction of experimental detectors.

• All students are invited to explore the dual degree and pre-engineering programs at UWRF. Women and minorities will find a small, supportive environment in the UWRF Physics department where 30% of faculty are women and all faculty are committed to creating a welcoming environment for all physics and engineering students.

Students Analyze Forces 

Students Analyze Forces and Moments on a crane at a construction site