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Undergraduate Catalog | 2016-2017 
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Physics and Electrical Engineering, B.S. Dual Degree

Dual Degree Programs with Electrical and Computer Engineering

The Department of Physics and Optical Science offers two dual degree opportunities with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.  These dual degrees are designed to broaden and enhance the education of students in engineering degree programs.  Students can obtain a B.S. Physics and B.S. Electrical Engineering dual degree or a B.S. Physics and B.S. Computer Engineering dual degree.  Students in this dual degree program are not required to fulfill the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences foreign language requirement (see the CLAS General Education section  in this Catalog for additional information).

Degree Requirements

To obtain a dual B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering and Physics, an undergraduate student must complete all requirements for the B.S.E.E. degree as established by the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.  In addition, the student must complete 12 credit hours of upper-division physics courses and 6 elective credit hours (at the 3000-4000 level) chosen from a list of approved courses available from the Department of Physics and Optical Science.  These 6 credit hours of Physics elective courses must be taken under PHYS course numbers.  A B.S. in Physics under this program is awarded at the same time as or after the B.S.E.E.; the B.S. in Physics degree will not be awarded in advance of the engineering degree.

General Education Courses (21 credit hours)

For details on required courses, refer to the General Education program .  Students in this major should plan on taking the following courses that meet general education and major requirements.


*The laboratory courses are designed to:  (1) teach the basic techniques of instrumentation; (2) develop skills in communications; and (3) relate the analytical methods developed in the classroom to the performance of real physical systems.

Restricted Elective Courses (15 credit hours)

Electrical Engineering Elective Course (3 credit hours)

Select one ECGR 4000-level course.

Technical Elective Courses (12 credit hours)

Select four technical elective courses.  The technical electives must contain at least 3 credit hours of coursework involving engineering science, analysis, synthesis, or design.  The contents of the technical electives should be at levels higher than those required by the student’s curriculum.  The electives are chosen by students in consultation with their academic advisor and department associate chair.

Select three courses from the following that are not required as part of the curriculum:

  • ECGR 3000-level courses
  • ECGR 4000-level courses

The remaining technical elective course may be selected from any of the following that are not part of the degree requirements:

  • ECGR 3000-level courses
  • ECGR 4000-level courses
  • MATH 3000-level courses
  • MATH 4000-level courses
  • PHYS 3000-level courses
  • PHYS 4000-level courses

Physics Courses (12 credit hours)

Required Physics Courses (6 credit hours)

Elective Physics Courses (6 credit hours)

Select from PHYS 3000-4000 level courses.

Degree Total = 135-139 credit hours

Grade Requirements

A GPA of 2.0 or above in PHYS and engineering courses and an overall GPA of 2.0 or above is required.  A grade of C or above is required in most PHYS courses before students can progress to the next PHYS course. 

Honors Program

For details about the Honors Program in Physics, visit the program page .

Suggested Curriculum

For the suggested course sequence toward completing the major, please see the Academic Plan of Study available online at  Consultation with an advisor is required.