B.S. in Physics/B.S. in Engineering

College of the Sciences and Mathematics
General Education Requirements
English Composition requirements6
Mathematics requirement3
Public Speaking requirement3
Science requirements6
Behavioral & Social Science requirements6
Humanities requirements6
Arts requirement3
Diverse Communities requirement3
Interdisciplinary requirement3
Student Electives9
Writing Emphasis requirements 9
Major Requirements
PHY 115Engineering Graphics I1
PHY 116Engineering Graphics II1
PHY 170Physics I4
PHY 180Physics II4
PHY 240Introduction to Modern Physics3
PHY 260Engineering Statics3
PHY 300Mechanics3
PHY 310Intermediate Physics Lab I2
PHY 320Intermediate Physics Lab II2
Select an additional nine credits in physics at or above the 300 level must be chosen, depending on the engineering area selected9
Related/Cognate Requirements
CSC 141Computer Science I 13
MAT 161Calculus I 14
MAT 162Calculus II4
MAT 261Calculus III4
MAT 343Differential Equations3
CHE 103General Chemistry I 13
CHE 104General Chemistry II3
CRL 103Experimental General Chemistry I (LAB) 11
CRL 104Experimental General Chemistry II (LAB)1
Total Minimum Credits Required120
1

These courses meet a general education requirement.

In addition, students intending to enroll in mining engineering must have ESS 101  and ESS 201; and in petroleum and natural gas engineering, ESS 101 and ESS 201. Students intending to enroll in electrical or nuclear engineering should take PHY 370 and PHY 420.

To track their individual degree progress, students are advised to access their Degree Progress Report (DPR) via myWCU regularly. For more information, visit wcupa.edu/DegreeProgressReport.

The following is a suggested course sequence for this program; courses offerings and availability are not guaranteed. Students should consult their academic advisor with any questions.

Cooperative Physics-Engineering Dual-Degree Programs

B.S. Physics, West Chester University and B.S. Engineering,from either The Pennsylvania State University or Philadelphia University

Year One
Semester OneCredits
MAT 1611,2Calculus I4
PHY 115Engineering Graphics I1
WRT 1202Effective Writing I3
ECO 111 or 1122Principles of Economics (Macro)3
CSC 1412Computer Science I3
Arts Gen. Ed. Elective23
 Credits17
Semester Two
MAT 162Calculus II4
PHY 170Physics I4
PHY 116Engineering Graphics II1
WRT 2XX Effective Writing II23
SPK 208 or 2302Public Speaking3
 Credits15
Year Two
Semester Three
MAT 261Calculus III4
MAT 3113Linear Algebra3
PHY 180Physics II4
CHE 1032General Chemistry I3
CRL 103Experimental General Chemistry I (LAB)1
Behav. & Soc. Gen. Ed. Elective23
 Credits18
Semester Four
MAT 343Differential Equations3
PHY 240Introduction to Modern Physics3
PHY 260Engineering Statics3
CHE 104General Chemistry II3
CRL 104Experimental General Chemistry II (LAB)1
'J' Course23
 Credits16
Year Three
Semester Five
PHY 300Mechanics3
PHY 310Intermediate Physics Lab I2
PHY Physics Elective43
Humanities Gen. Ed. Elective23
'I' Course2,53
3-2 Elective Course2,63
 Credits17
Semester Six
PHY 320Intermediate Physics Lab II2
PHY Physics Elective43
PHY Physics Elective43
Humanities Gen. Ed. Elective23
3-2 Elective Course2,63
3-2 Elective Course2,63
 Credits17
1

See prerequisites in Undergraduate Catalog.

2

Course fulfills the University's General Education requirement. For a list of approved courses, consult the Undergraduate Catalog.

3

This course is strongly recommended, but not required.

4

 The nine credits of Physics electives must be selected from among the following options: PHY 330, PHY 350, PHY 370, PHY 410, PHY 420, and PHY 430. Speak with your advisor about the appropriate elective for you engineering discipline.

5

 SCB 210 recommended, but not required.

6

The 3-2 Elective Courses should be selected to satisfy course requirements at the engineering institution. Recommended courses for each institution are:

Pennsylvania State University: ENG 371, an Art Course, a Health Course, or a course that fulfills the requirement of a particular major.

Philadelphia University: a History course, an Art course, a Language or Geography course, a Literature course, or a Philosophy course. You should consult with your advisor about specific courses.

  1. Majors shall not be permitted more than one repeat of a Physics course.
  2. Upper-level courses (numbered 300 or above) must be completed with a grade of C or higher.
  3. MAT 161, MAT 162, PHY 170, and CHE 103/CRL 103 must be completed with a grade of C or higher.

Transfer to The Pennsylvania State University or to a Philadelphia University is contingent upon recommendation by the Department and having a minimum GPA of 3.0.

Note: The program with Penn State is not available to transfer students and must be completed in three years. These restrictions do no apply to the program with Philadelphia University. In addition, Penn State is currently not accepting 2-3 students into Aerospace Engineering, Architectural Engineering, Bioengineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Nuclear Engineering, Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering.

Available Majors at Penn State: Biological Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Energy Engineering, Engineering Science, Environmental Systems Engineering, General Engineering, Material Science and Engineering, and Mining Engineering.

Philadelphia University offers Bachelor of Science in Engineering degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Engineering, which have concentrations in Architectural Engineering, Industrial and Systems Engineering, Composites Engineering and Textile Engineering.

Students intending to enroll in Electrical Engineering should take PHY 330 and PHY 430.