How does the Dual Degree Program work?
You'll start out pursuing a physics degree at UW-Eau Claire, where you'll take a number of courses in physics, chemistry and computer science, as well as math, English and general education courses. After successfully completing the course requirements and meeting a set of criteria, you can transfer to either UW-Madison College of Engineering or the University of Minnesota Institute of Technology in the Twin Cities to begin the coursework for an engineering degree. Once you've met the engineering requirements as well as those for the physics major, some of which may be completed at the engineering school, you will receive a physics degree from UW-Eau Claire and an engineering school degree. You can accomplish this in approximately five years.
What are the advantages of the Dual Degree Program?
Increased Employment Marketability
The physics and engineering dual degree program is designed to provide expanded opportunities and a competitive edge when applying for internships and employment after graduation.
Greater Flexibility in Choosing a Major
Because the courses for the first two years of the dual degree program are the same as those for the pre-engineering program, students can wait until their junior year to make the decision to either pursue a dual degree in physics and engineering or transfer to an engineering school. In addition, upper-level UW-Eau Claire students working toward a physics degree can switch to the dual degree program and still be on track to earn both degrees.
Stronger Foundation in Math and Physics
Ask any engineer -- math and physics are essential skills for anyone pursuing a career in engineering. The physics degree curriculum at UW-Eau Claire provides a stronger foundation in math and physics than those courses required for an engineering degree alone.
Dedicated Faculty in a Nurturing Environment
When you start your dual degree program at UW-Eau Claire, you'll find small classes led by talented professors who know your name. You'll work alongside faculty outside class, conducting research, publishing scholarly articles or just sharing ideas.