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...

Connect your classroom to the South Pole

Ever wonder what it is like to live in one of the most extreme environments on Earth? Hear firsthand from the people working on the biggest and strangest telescope in the world, the IceCube Neutrino Observatory.  Discover what the IceCube Collaboration is learning about the universe from neutrinos, invisible particles so hard to detect that they are called "ghost particles."

Webcast Dates

January 12, 2016 10:00 AM CST
January 25, 2016 9:30 AM CST

Sign up your classroom for one of the sessions or get more information at or email


Contact Us

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