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2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Dual-degree Physics/Engineering Program

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CWU offers a Physics/Engineering Dual Degree program that enables a student to receive a baccalaureate degree in physics from CWU and a bachelor of science from an appropriate engineering institution in a respective engineering discipline. The total length of time for both degrees is expected to be about five years, with approximately three years at CWU (dating from enrollment in MATH 172) and approximately two years at the engineering institution. At CWU, students must complete a minimum of 90 credits, including all general education requirements. Additional courses may be required depending on the specific engineering discipline. Be sure to consult the appropriate dual-degree engineering advisor for details.

In order to receive the baccalaureate degree from CWU, dual-degree students must also complete the remaining credits at the Engineering Institution and transfer these credits to CWU. The remaining credits must include the appropriate courses 300-level or above from the Engineering Institution to satisfy CWU graduation requirements. This transfer of credits and awarding of the baccalaureate degree by CWU can take place as soon as the student earns the necessary credits.

Special Requirements:

  • Students participating in the dual degree program should major in “Physics BS, Engineering Specialization”, which is tailored to meet the course requirements of the dual degree program while attending CWU.
  • It is solely the student’s responsibility to apply and gain admission to the Engineering Institution. Students in the dual degree program who earn a 2.6 average GPA in transferred major courses, and a grade of at least a “C” in each of these courses, will be granted admission into the Mechanical Engineering major at our partner institution, Washington State University. 
  • It is also the individual student’s responsibility to submit an official transcript of the work completed after leaving CWU and to request awarding of the baccalaureate degree in physics. 
  • Early consultation with the physics department chair and major advisor at CWU is imperative to ensure that specific requirements of the Physics/Engineering Dual Degree Program are satisfied.

College and Department Information

Physics Department  
College of the Sciences  

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