Why Study Engineering

Why Study Engineering at UWRF?

Small class sizes, typically 10 - 30 students. Yes, your professors will know your name and they will spend time getting to know you.

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

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

• Dual degree students maintain their student status at UW-River Falls even while taking courses at another university.  For example you can play varsity sports at UWRF while taking engineering courses at the University of Minnesota.

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

• Students receive plenty of 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 low-cost textbook rentals. Minnesota students receive discounted tuition rates through state reciprocity.

Guaranteed admission via the Dual Degree program at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities College of Science & Engineering with a minimum technical grade point average.  The required technical GPA depends on the specific UM engineering department and is between 2.8 and 3.2.  The College of Engineering at UW-Madison is currently reviewing its GPA requirements.  Dual degree students who enter UWRF in or before 2013 are guaranteed a spot at UW-Madison with a technical GPA of 3.0 or greater.  Additional engineering partnerships will be added in the future.

• UWRF has engineering agreements with the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, two of the best engineering universities in the country. In U.S. News & World Report undergraduate school rankings, UW-Madison and the University of Minnesota have consistently ranked among the top ten engineering programs at public universities.

• UWRF has a beautiful campus with lots of trees, green space, river, woods, and trails. Yet UWRF is just 30 mi. from Minneapolis/St. Paul, MSP airport, the Metrodome, and the Mall of America.

• A new student center is the hub of activity on campus.  New suite-style dormitories have been built on campus.

• Scholarships, research assistantships, and internships are available.

• One of the largest and most active Society of Physics Students clubs in the nation.

• Our students and faculty have participated in international study, teaching, and research in Mexico, China, Nicaragua, Dominican Republic, Sweden, Antarctica, and Ecuador.

Excellent employment prospects (even in slow economic times). In Job Outlook, published by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, engineering degrees were 11 of the 17 degrees in top demand.  The United States does not produce enough engineers and scientists to meet its needs.  100% of our Physics/Engineering Dual Degree alumni are employed in engineering and management positions.

Excellent starting salaries for engineering and physics graduates.  Our alumni are working for companies like 3M, Banner Engineering, Mayo Clinic, North Pole Engineering, Sebasta Blomberg, Mortenson Engineering, Heraeus Medical, Hesco, Twin City Signal, Sunshine Heart, and Progress Rail.  The average annual starting salary for our Dual Degree students is over $55,000 plus benefits.  Rapid increases in salary and responsibilities are typical for these alumni.

• Exceptional undergraduate experiences in the workplace and in research.  Our students have interned at 3M, Jacobs Engineering, Cirrus, Banner Engineering, and SolidWorks.  Our students have been accepted for fully funded NSF-funded REUs (Research Experiences for Undergraduates) at Cal Tech, MIT, Vanderbilt, Michigan Tech, and North Dakota State University among many others.

• Our alumni are pursuing graduate degrees at institutions like Princeton, Michigan State, University of Worcester (England), University of Minnesota, and University of Wisconsin-Madison.

• The UW-River Falls physics department has a cooperative, comfortable atmosphere where students work together.

Many fields of study are available:

Applied Physics
Aerospace and aeronautical engineering
Bio-based products engineering
Biomedical engineering
Biosystems/agricultural engineering
Chemical engineering
Civil engineering
Computer engineering
Electrical engineering
Engineering Physics
Geological/petroleum engineering
Materials engineering
Mechanical engineering
Nuclear engineering

• All students are invited to explore the dual degree and pre-engineering programs at UWRF. Women, students of color, veterans, non-traditional students, and LGBTQ students will find a welcoming and supportive environment  in the UWRF Physics department. We have one of the most gender-balanced departments in the country.

Students Analyze Forces 

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

Contact Us

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