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Physics Dual Degree Engineering

Best of both worlds

In the Dual Degree program students receive a UW-Eau Claire physics degree as well as a bachelor’s degree in engineering from UW-Madison, UW-Milwaukee or UM-Twin Cities. Students will spend approximately 3 years at UW-Eau Claire and approximately 2 years at their engineering school.

At UW-Eau Claire they will finish most of the course work for their physics degree and the liberal/general education programs at both UW-Eau Claire and their engineering school. Certain upper level engineering courses can be transferred back to UW-Eau Claire to count as upper level physics to finish the UW-Eau Claire physics degree.

The program is designed to provide maximum flexibility for students to refine and change their professional focus and goals as they progress through the course sequence.

Why choose this dual degree?

  • Increased employment marketability—physics degree gives an engineering degree a real advantage
  • Greater flexibility in choosing a major—same courses for dual degree or plain transfer to engineering
  • Stronger foundation in math and physics—the engineering degree will be much stronger with this combo

Internships for dual degree students

  • Electrical engineering at INTEL
  • Electrical/software programmer at Medtronic
  • Electrical engineer at GenCell USA 
  • Electrical engineer at Graco
  • Research assistant at NASA

Permanent positions for dual degree grads

  • Electrical engineer at 3M
  • Electrical/software programmer at Medtronic
  • Mechanical engineer at Medtronic
  • Electrical engineer at INTEL
  • Research scientist at NASA
  • Mechanical engineer at TSI Plastics
  • Graduate school in computational fluid dynamics: Stanford, UM-Twin Cities, UI-Urbana Champaign
  • Graduate school in electrical engineering: UM-Twin Cities, UW-Madison

Key information

Please see the following series of links and uploads with vital information, transfer deadlines, schedule planners and other items related to this degree option. You will need to rely heavily on your faculty advisor guidance in this degree selection, but this will give you a good framework of how the dual degree works, the steps you will need to follow, and the requirements of the three partnering engineering schools available.

*Average prepared students need to take Precalculus (MATH 112) before they can enroll in the first semester physics and calculus courses

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