UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls
UWRF offers majors and programs that are flexible to accommodate a variety of careers.
Physics (Liberal Arts): There are two options within this degree program. Option I is recommended as preparation for graduate studies in physics or for industrial research. Option II is recommended for students wanting maximum flexibility for study in other areas, as it requires 14 fewer credits in physics to graduate. Typical Physics course plan.
Applied Physics for Industry and Engineering (APIE): Prepares highly-competitive graduates for industry, graduate school, or starting a new business. Provides a firm physics and technical foundation, professional communication proficiency, and focused skills in at least one of four selected certificate areas: Mechanics, Optics and Electronics, Entreprereurship, and/or Biology. Typical APIE course plans.
Physics/Engineering Dual Degree Program (Dual Degree): In the Dual Degree program, students earn an ABET-accredited Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Physics for Industry and Engineering from UW-River Falls and an ABET accredited Bachelor of Science degree in engineering at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Minnesota-Duluth, or University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Click on the Dual Degree tab here to see course requirements.
Years to completion - about 5
Pre-Engineering: In the Pre-Engineering option, students complete two years of physics, math, chemistry, engineering and some general education courses at UW-River Falls and about two years at an engineering university.
Years to completion - about 4
Secondary Education Physics (Education): This program is designed for students planning to specialize in teaching physics in secondary schools.
Secondary Education Physics Broadfield (Education): This program is designed for students planning to teach physics as well as general science in middle and secondary schools.
Physical Science Major: This program is designed for students majoring in Broad Field Science with a certification in Physics.