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Undergraduate Catalog | 2022-2023 
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Physics and Mechanical Engineering, B.S. Dual Degree

The Department of Physics and Optical Science and  Department of Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Science offer a dual degree designed to broaden and enhance the education of students in the mechanical engineering and physics degree programs.  Students can obtain a B.S. in Physics  and B.S. in Mechanical 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 both Physics and Mechanical Engineering, undergraduate students must complete all requirements for the B.S.M.E. degree as established by the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Science.  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 C or above.  A B.S. in Physics under this program will be awarded at the same time as or after the B.S.M.E.  The B.S. in Physics degree will not be awarded in advance of the B.S. in Mechanical Engineering degree.

Students in this dual degree program are not required to fulfill the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences foreign language requirement (see the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences  section of this Catalog for additional information).

General Education Courses (18-19 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 courses that meet general education and major requirements.

Restricted Elective Courses (21 credit hours)

Design Elective Course (3 credit hours)

Select one of the following:


Students are required to satisfy the Design Elective with either MEGR 3216  or MEGR 3221 .  Students may take MEGR 3216  and MEGR 3221  in order to satisfy the Design Elective and one Technical Elective (in which case MEGR 3216  satisfies the Design Elective and MEGR 3221  satisfies a Technical Elective or Concentration Elective for any concentration).

Math Elective Course (3 credit hours)

Select one of the following options:

Option 2:

Technical Elective Courses (12 credit hours)

Select four of the following.  At least three of the four must be MEGR courses.

Physics Courses (12 credit hours)

Degree Total = 129-132 credit hours

Grade Requirements

Students must have a 2.0 or above GPA in PHYS courses in order to graduate.  A grade of C or above is required in most PHYS courses before students can progress to the next PHYS course.  Students must also have a 2.0 overall GPA in engineering courses. 

Honors Program

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