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Why Study Engineering?

A leader in science education, UW-River Falls provides a solid educational foundation for engineering students, no matter your degree path. You’ll have access to personalized hands-on learning, extensive research opportunities, professional development and so much more.

Students pursuing engineering at UWRF have multiple degree paths. Explore the possibilities below.

Bachelor’s Degrees: We offer complete four-year bachelor’s degree programs in agricultural engineering (also known as biological systems engineering), agricultural engineering technology (with options in environmental engineering technology and mechanized systems management), environmental engineering and applied physics for industry and engineering.

Dual Degree: You’ll complete about three years of physics, chemistry, math, engineering and general education coursework at UWRF and then about two years of upper-level engineering courses at a highly-regarded partner institution such as UM-Twin Cities, UW-Madison or UW-Milwaukee, among others. Upon completion, you’ll earn two bachelor’s degrees: one in applied physics for industry and engineering from UWRF and one in engineering from the partner school.

Pre-Engineering: You’ll complete about two years at UWRF and about two years at an engineering university. UWRF offers all the physics, mathematics and chemistry you’ll need, plus your first engineering and electronics courses. You’ll benefit from our affordable tuition and supportive environment while making progress toward your degree.

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Skills and Learning Outcomes

  • Understand and apply physics and math principles to practical and applied technical problems.
  • Gain experience with instrumentation and develop proficiency in collecting and interpreting data.
  • Research and develop new products and processes.
  • Determine why objects fail and how to prevent future failures.
  • Practice collaboration, oral presentation, scientific writing and laboratory safety skills.
  • Develop problem-solving and critical thinking skills.


Types of Courses

  • Dynamics
  • Engineering Fluid Mechanics
  • Engineering Thermodynamics
  • Intro to Computer Aided Design
  • Machine Design
  • Programming for Engineers
  • Statics
  • Structural Analysis and Design
  • Watershed Engineering

UW-River Falls offers several pathways to a professional engineering degree. A variety of options allows you to find an opportunity that best suits your interests.


  • Agricultural Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering

Chemistry/Dual Degree

  • Chemical Engineering
  • Materials Engineering

Physics/Dual Degree

  • Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Engineering Mechanics and Astronautics
  • Engineering Physics
  • Geoengineering
  • Geological Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Industrial and Systems Engineering
  • Materials Engineering
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

Potential Careers

Engineering graduates have strong foundations in math and science and stand out from the crowd when applying to jobs or graduate school. Depending on your degree path and interest area, you may find yourself in a variety of roles, including:

  • Aerospace Engineer
  • Agricultural or Biosystems Engineer
  • Biomedical or Chemical Engineer
  • Civil or Mechanical Engineer
  • Computer or Electrical Engineer
  • Environmental or Industrial Engineer
  • Materials Engineer