Major Physics

Majors & Minors

Physics Degree

Program Overview

Physics seeks to discover how the universe works. UW-River Falls physics students gain a deeper appreciation for science along with a firm foundation in mathematics, scientific programming and technical writing. Studying physics teaches students how to find and process information to solve challenges. Studying physics develops the ability to find the essential features of a question, and then focus on them to develop creative solutions. These skills are widely transferable to a wide-range of fascinating and exciting careers.

Highlights of the Physics Major

  • Our physics program ranks in the top 10% of all physics-producing undergraduate schools in the country. 

  • 100% of our physics/engineering dual degree graduates are employed in their field.

  • Starting salaries are typically between $55,000-$85,000 and increase significantly with career advancement.

  • UWRF alumni are pursuing PhDs in engineering or physics at Princeton University, Washington University, Michigan State University, University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Michigan and the University of Minnesota among others.

  • Our students have meaningful internship experiences at companies like NASA, Cirrus, 3M, Trane, Banner Engineering, and the Mayo Clinic.

  • Summer research experiences can be funded by the National Science Foundation at Cal Tech, M.I.T, Michigan State, Vanderbilt University, Baylor University, University of North Dakota, University of Delaware, and Stockholm University.

  • Our program offers multiple opportunities for global experiences. Our students and faculty have worked and taught in Ecuador, Sweden, Tunisia, Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic, Scotland, Austria, Italy, England, and China.

  • IceCube project is a collaboration of more than 48 institutions that operate a neutrino and cosmic ray observatory at the South Pole.

Skills and Learning Outcomes

As a student in this program, you will learn to:

  • Apply physics principles to solve problems, maintain a lab journal and assess and use data.
  • Develop answerable questions and apply experimental design principles.
  • Become proficient in data collection, data analysis and scheduling and time management techniques.
  • Develop and apply simulation techniques.

Career Opportunities

There are many paths students take after obtaining a degree in Physics. Students become engineers, explore the universe, teach physics and other sciences, or get more training in professional programs--- see examples of the wide-ranging activities of our alumni.  Common titles for physics majors in the workforce are:

Potential Job Titles

  • Systems Engineer
  • Research Physicist
  • Research Assistant
  • Electrical Engineer
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Design Engineer
  • Project Engineer
  • Process Engineer
  • Software Engineer
  • General Engineer
  • Systems Analyst


  • 3M
  • Sebasta Blomberg
  • Hysitron
  • Twin Cities Signal
  • Banner Engineering
  • Progress Rail
  • Xcel Energy
  • Element Materials Technology
  • Stratasys
  • Medtronic
  • Starkey Hearing Technologies
  • Aspect Automation
  • Phillips-Medisize
  • Mortenson Engineering

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of UW-River Falls
Dual Degree graduates are
employed in their field.