Why Study Applied Physics for Industry and Engineering (APIE)?

Major | Science/​Engineering | CAS

Physics seeks to discover how the universe works. Through hands on-learning and extensive research experiences, UWRF's applied physics for industry and engineering (APIE) program prepares you to enter industry, continue to graduate school or even begin a new business. You'll graduate with 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, entrepreneurship and/or biology.


Of Students Completed at Least One High-Impact Practice Before Graduation


Students in Honors Programs


Fortune 500 Companies Close to Campus

Applied Physics for Industry and Engineering (APIE)

cas@uwrf.edu // 715-425-3777

Your Degree:


Area of Study:


Two female student study an optical device while a third student takes notes in a physics lab classroom

Skills and Learning Outcomes

  • Understand and apply physics principles to solve problems, maintain a lab journal and assess and use data.
  • Gain experience with instrumentation and develop proficiency in collecting and interpreting data.
  • Develop and apply simulation techniques and experimental design principles.
  • Practice collaboration, oral presentationscientific writing and laboratory safety skills.
  • Develop problem-solving and critical thinking skills.

Types of Courses

  • Digital Electronics
  • Engineering Drawing
  • Info Systems for Business Management
  • Machine Design 
  • Mathematics of Physics and Engineering
  • Mechanics of Materials 
  • Modern Physics 
  • Scientific Programming
  • Stem Cells & Regenerative Medicine
A student wears protective gear while pulling a crucible out of a furnace
A student works on soldering the internal components of a drone during class

Potential Careers

Physics majors can take many paths when selecting a career. A wide variety of specialty areas gives graduates lots of options in the workforce. Some examples of future careers include:

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

Get More Information

Interested in learning more about UWRF or any of our 70+ areas of study? Just share your contact information and we'll be in touch!