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Physics and Computer Engineering, B.S. Dual Degree

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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).

Admission Requirements

Freshmen and Transfers

  • Minimum GPA:  2.0 (cumulative and Physics)
  • Pre-Major/Prerequisite Courses:  Complete the following with grades of C or above and no more than 2 attempts per course:
  • Declaration of Major:  Engineering majors wishing to declare the B.S. in Physics degree are eligible to do so after meeting the above requirements.

Degree Requirements

To obtain a dual B.S. degree in Computer Engineering and Physics, undergraduate students must complete all requirements for the B.S.Cp.E. degree as established by the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.  In addition, students must complete 12 credit hours of upper-division PHYS courses specified by the Department of Physics and Optical Science with an average grade of C or above.  A B.S. in Physics under this program is awarded at the same time as or after the B.S.Cp.E.; the B.S. in Physics degree will not be awarded in advance of the engineering degree.

General Education Requirements (21-22 credit hours)

For details on required LBST and UWRT courses, refer to the General Education Program .  Students in this major should plan on taking the following Social Science course that meets general education and major requirements.

Elective Courses (18 credit hours)

Technical Elective Courses (9 credit hours)

Select two ECGR 4000-level courses that are not required as part of the curriculum.

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

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

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