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 300Mechanics 13
PHY 310Intermediate Physics Lab I 13
PHY 320Intermediate Physics Lab II 13
Select an additional nine credits in physics at or above the 300 level must be chosen, depending on the engineering area selected 19
Related/Cognate Requirements 2
CSC 141Computer Science I3
MAT 161Calculus I4
MAT 162Calculus II4
MAT 261Calculus III4
MAT 343Differential Equations3
CHE 103General Chemistry I3
CHE 104General Chemistry II3
CRL 103Experimental General Chemistry I (LAB)1
CRL 104Experimental General Chemistry II (LAB)1
Total Minimum Credits Required120

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; course offerings and availability are not guaranteed. Students should consult their academic advisor with any questions.

Cooperative Physics-Engineering Dual-Degree Programs

B.S. in Physics, West Chester University and B.S. in Engineering from Case Western Reserve University, Columbia University, Pennsylvania State University, or Philadelphia University

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
Semester OneCredits
MAT 161 Calculus I 1,2 4
PHY 115 Engineering Graphics I 1
WRT 120 Effective Writing I 2 3
ECO 111
Principles of Economics (Macro) 2
or Principles of Economics (Micro)
CSC 141 Computer Science I 2 3
Arts Gen Ed Elective 2 3
Semester Two
MAT 162 Calculus II 4
PHY 170 Physics I 4
PHY 116 Engineering Graphics II 1
SPK 208
Public Speaking 2
or Business and Professional Speech Communication
WRT 2XX 2 3
Humanities Gen Ed 2 3
Year Two
Semester Three
MAT 261 Calculus III 4
MAT 311 Linear Algebra 3 3
PHY 180 Physics II 4
CHE 103 General Chemistry I 2 3
CRL 103 Experimental General Chemistry I (LAB) 1
Behav. & Soc. Gen. Ed. Elective 2 3
Semester Four
MAT 343 Differential Equations 3
PHY 240 Introduction to Modern Physics 3
PHY 260 Engineering Statics 3
CHE 104 General Chemistry II 3
CRL 104 Experimental General Chemistry II (LAB) 1
PHI 180 Introduction to Ethics 2 3
Year Three
Semester Five
PHY 300 Mechanics 3
PHY 310 Intermediate Physics Lab I 3
PHY Elective 4 3
'I' Course 2,5 3
3-2 Elective Course 2,6 3
Semester Six
PHY 320 Intermediate Physics Lab II 3
PHY Elective 4 3
PHY Elective 4 3
3-2 Elective Course 2,6 3
3-2 Elective Course 2,6 3
 Total Credits99
  1. Majors will not be permitted to repeat any physics courses more than once.
  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 Pennsylvania State University or to 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, Bio-engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Nuclear Engineering, Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering.

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

Course recommendations for students matriculating to Case Western Reserve University:

  • Students are encouraged to take PHY 370 as a physics elective.
  • Each specific engineering major has unique additional recommended courses. Students should consult the website for the Dual Degree Program at Case Western pertaining to their major of interest for other recommended courses. Note: if these courses cannot be fulfilled, they will be integrated into the curriculum, which may possibly extend the program timeline.

Course recommendations for students matriculating to Columbia University:

  • Students should consult the document titled The Combined Plan Program at Columbia University for information about foundational and major-specific prerequisite coursework that must be completed at WCU.

Course recommendations for students matriculating to Pennsylvania State University:

  • The 3-2 elective courses should be selected to satisfy course requirements at Penn State. Recommended courses:  ENG 371, an art course, a health course, or a course that fulfills the requirement of a particular major. See Penn State's "Check Sheet."

Course recommendations for students matriculating to Philadelphia University:

  • Diversity Course Recommendation: A class considered a Global Diversity (GDIV) class or an American Diversity (ADIV) class should be selected. Course areas considered as GDIV include Cultural Anthropology, World or Comparative Religions, Cultural Geography, Foreign Language, or World Literature (literature with a global focus). Course subjects considered as ADIV include U.S. Literature, African-American History, African-American Literature, American Studies, or other specialized courses that focus on U.S. minority populations.
  • PHI 180 and a second diversity course (whatever was not taken--ADIV or GDIV--in the "J" course slot). The third 3-2 elective course can be any 3-credit course.
  • Students intending to enroll in mechanical engineering should take PHY 330, PHY 350, and PHY 370.