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to the UWRF Physics/Chemistry/Engineering page. We offer several options for future engineers.

Curious how your previous college and dual-enrollment credits or AP/PSEO/IB/CIS scores would count toward a physics and/or engineering degree? Call or email us at 715-425-3235 to find out!

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I. Physics/Engineering or Chemistry/Engineering Dual Degree Program: Two Degrees!

The College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) offers multiple engineering paths. In the Dual Degree path you will Earn a Bachelor of Science degree either in Applied Physics for Industry and Engineering (APIE) or in Chemistry from UWRF, AND also earn an Engineering Degree from an ABET-accredited engineering program at one of our partner universities, such as U. of Minnesota-Twin Cities, UW–Madison, UW–Milwaukee, UW-Platteville, or the U. of Minnesota-Duluth. We can partner with almost any accredited engineering institution as long as you meet their admission requirements.

The Pre-Engineering and Applied Physics for Industry and Engineering paths are described further in sections III and IV further below.

Engineering degrees available include:

  • Aeronautical Engineering
  • Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics
  • Agricultural Engineering (through CAFES program, section II below)
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Engineering Mechanics and Astronautics
  • Engineering Physics
  • Engineering Technology (through CAFES program, section II below)
  • Environmental Engineering (through CAFES program, section II below)
  • Geoengineering
  • Geological Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Industrial and Systems Engineering
  • Materials Engineering
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Nuclear Engineering
  • Software Engineering
  • Structural Engineering

Degrees earned:
B.S. Applied Physics for Industry & Engineering or Chemistry, UWRF
B.S. Engineering, UM-Twin Cities, UW-Madison, UW-Milwaukee, UM-Duluth, UW-Platteville or another accredited engineering institution
Years to completion: ~5, depending on your preparedness and goals, faster or slower

II. Agricultural Engineering / Environmental Engineering / Engineering Technology

The College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences (CAFES) offers two different engineering tracks - Agricultural Engineering and Environmental Engineering.

Earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Engineering, Environmental Engineering or Engineering Technology.
Agricultural Engineering offers three focused options:  Machinery Systems, Food and Process Systems, and Natural Resources and Environmental Systems.
Engineering Technology offers four emphasis areas: Conservation Technology, Food and Bioprocessing Systems, Test Engineering Technology, and Agricultural Systems Management.

Joel Peterson, chair of Agricultural Engineering Technology, for more information. 

Degrees earned:
B.S. Agricultural Engineering, UWRF
B.S. Environmental Engineering, UWRF
B.S. Engineering Technology, UWRF
Years to completion: ~4 

III. Pre-Engineering: Begin your engineering degree at UWRF

Complete approximately two years of coursework at UWRF for your physics, math, and chemistry needs, plus your first engineering and electronics courses, then finish your final roughly two years at your chosen engineering university. You will save money and enjoy a supportive environment while making excellent progress toward your degree.

Degrees earned:
B.S. Engineering, engineering university
Years to completion: ~4

IV. Bachelor of Science - Applied Physics for Industry and Engineering (APIE) Master's or Ph.D. to follow, if desired

Earn a Bachelor of Science in Applied Physics for Industry and Engineering at UWRF. With this degree you can pursue a Master's or Ph.D. in Engineering by applying to an engineering graduate school of your choice. Note that nearly all graduate work in science and engineering is financially supported through tuition remission plus a salary or stipend for being a teaching or reseaerch assistant. Some students receive fellowships as well. Unlike many other fields, students pursuing Masters or Ph.D. work in science and engineering do not take on debt to do so!

►View the sample 4-year plans for APIE and the four areas of emphasis that APIE majors can pursue in Optics and Electronics, Mechanics, Entrepreneurship, and/or Biology.

Degrees earned:
B.S. Applied Physics for Industry & Engineering, UWRF
M.S. or Ph.D. in Engineering, engineering university
Years to completion: ~6 (more for a Ph.D.)


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