Applied Physics and Engineering Dual Degree

Engineers create things. They are the ultimate problem solvers, figuring out how to make something possible, improved or more efficient. They make peoples’ lives better. Engineers apply fundamental computational, scientific and mathematical tools to real-world problems. They generate solutions for needs in transportation, manufacturing, healthcare, telecommunications, computation, construction—you name it, practically every industry imaginable—working to develop and maintain the technology that moves us forward.

“My objective is to become a civil engineer and change the demographic in STEM-related occupations.”

— Maria Acosta Pedroza '21

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About the Applied Physics and Engineering Dual Degree Program

A new agreement with the University of Wisconsin-Platteville allows Carroll University students to earn both a B.S. in applied physics from Carroll University and a B.S. in either mechanical or electrical engineering from UW-P in five years. Carroll is the first private institution to enter into such an agreement with UW-P.

Students will attend Carroll University for their first four years, earning a B.S. in applied physics. While in attendance at Carroll, students will also complete online coursework through the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. During the fifth year of the program, students will be entirely online through UWP as they complete their B.S in either mechanical or electrical engineering.  

Carroll also offers the dual degree in partnership with the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. The major requires three years of study at Carroll followed by two years of study at UWM, and leads to the B.S. in applied physics from Carroll University and a B.S. in one of the engineering disciplines offered by UWM.

Build a Strong Foundation at Carroll

With Carroll University’s applied physics and engineering dual degree program, you’ll start your studies at Carroll, covering core courses and laboratories in chemistry, physics, computer science and mathematics. In preparation for your transition to engineering school, at Carroll you will also take general engineering courses covering introduction to engineering, statics, dynamics, strength of materials and electric circuits. You’ll also be able to build a foundation in other subjects related to the specific engineering major you’re planning to pursue at one of our partner institutions. For example, students interested in biomedical engineering at UW-Milwaukee would take anatomy and physiology courses here at Carroll, while students planning to study environmental engineering at UW-Platteville could take additional chemistry or environmental science courses. Please note that fully online learning through Platteville applies only to electrical and mechanical engineering degrees; students pursing other degrees will need to attend classes in Platteville.

Southeastern Wisconsin is the industrial center of the state, and Carroll has developed a strong network of industry relationships in the region. In or close to Waukesha, you have the opportunity to supplement your coursework with internships and local summer jobs that provide practical, real-world experiences and career networking opportunities.

Gain Additional Specialization at Our Partner Institutions

After your third year, you’ll continue your engineering studies at UWM, which currently offers programs in biomedical, civil, computer, electrical, industrial, materials and mechanical engineering. UW-Platteville offers majors in civil, electrical, environmental, industrial and mechanical engineering, as well as engineering physics. Again, students in degree programs other than electrical or mechanical engineering will need to attend classes in Platteville.

You’ll receive your B.S. degree in applied physics from Carroll upon the successful completion of your first year at one of these campuses and then a B.S. in engineering after the second year. Students matriculating to UW-Milwaukee are eligible to apply to the Integrated B.S./M.S. program there once they are within 36 credits of obtaining the B.S. degree. Students accepted by UW-Milwaukee into the Integrated B.S./M.S. program can apply up to six graduate level credits taken during pursuit of the B.S. to the M.S. degree in engineering, reducing the total time and cost to earn an M.S.


We help you build real world experience, explore careers and network with professionals through internship opportunities. Recent placements include the following companies:

  • Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium funded by NASA



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