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Physics and Electrical Engineering, B.S. Dual Degree

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. 

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 Electrical Engineering and Physics, undergraduate students must complete all requirements for the B.S.E.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.E.E.; the B.S. in Physics degree will not be awarded in advance of the engineering degree.

Students in this dual degree program are not required to fulfill the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Foreign Language Requirement .

General Education Courses (18-19 credit hours)

For details on required LBST and UWRT courses, refer to the General Education Program .  The liberal studies electives must be chosen to satisfy the University General Education Requirements and to meet the objectives of a broad education consistent with the educational goals of the profession.  Students in this major should also plan on taking the following course that meets both 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 (18 credit hours)

Technical Elective Courses (12 credit hours)

Select four ECGR 4000-level courses  that are not required as part of the B.S.E.E. curriculum. 

Elective Courses (6 credit hours)

Select two courses from the following that are not already part of the B.S.E.E. curriculum.  A maximum of one PHYS 3000/4000 level course may be used to satisfy this elective requirement. 

Physics Courses (12 credit hours)

Degree Total = 129-132 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 .