Welcome . . .

to the UWRF to the Physics/Chemistry/Engineering page. We offer several options for students wanting to become engineers.

I.  Agricultural Engineering and Environmental Engineering in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences (CAFES)


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

Earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Physics for Industry and Engineering (APIE) or Chemistry from UW-River Falls and an ABET-accredited Bachelor of Science degree in engineering from one of our partners.  Partners have included the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, University of Wisconsin–Madison, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, UW-Platteville, and the University of Minnesota-Duluth; however, we can partner with almost any accredited engineering institution as long as the student meets the admissions requirements of the engineering institution.

Engineering degrees available include:

Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics
Biomedical Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Computer Engineering
Electrical Engineering
Engineering Mechanics and Astronautics
Engineering Physics
Geological Engineering
Industrial Engineering
Industrial and Systems Engineering
Materials Engineering
Materials Science and Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Nuclear Engineering

Degrees earned:
     B.S. Applied Physics for Industry and Engineering or Chemistry, University of Wisconsin-River Falls
     B.S. Engineering, UM-Twin Cities, UW-Madison, UW-Milwaukee, UM-Duluth, UW-Platteville or another accredited engineering institution
Years to completion: About 5

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

Complete about two years of coursework at UW-River Falls and about two years of work at an engineering university. UWRF offers all the physics, mathematics and chemistry you need plus your first engineering and electronics courses. You can save money and enjoy a supportive environment while making excellent progress toward your engineering degree.

Degrees earned:
     B.S. Engineering
Years to completion: About 4

IV. Bachelor of Science - Applied Physics for Industry and Engineering (APIE) & Master of Science (or PhD) in Engineering

Earn a Bachelor of Science in Applied Physics for Industry and Engineering at UWRF and a Masters or PhD in Engineering from an engineering graduate school. Note that almost all graduate work in science and engineering is financially supported through tuition remission and a salary or stipend for being a teaching assistant or research assistant. Some students receive fellowships as well. So unlike many fields in which students must pay for graduate school with loans, students pursuing Masters and PhD work in science and engineering fields do not take on debt to do so. 

View the sample four-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 and Engineering, University of Wisconsin-River Falls
     M.S. or Ph.D. in Engineering, engineering university
Years to completion: About 6 (more for a PhD)



UWRF Physics home page

Why Study Engineering at UWRF?

Q & A for Students and Parents

Pre-Professional Engineering Degree Requirements (Catalog)

Contact: Prof. Rellen Hardtke
UW-River Falls
121 Centennial Science Hall
410 S Third St
River Falls, WI 54022-5001

Phone: (715) 425-4230

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Physics Department
Phone: 715-425-3235

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