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Double majors (B.S.) in engineering and physics

This program provides biomedical, chemical and life science, electrical, computer, and mechanical engineering majors the opportunity to earn a double major in physics, requiring an additional 13 to 19 credits beyond the hours required for the primary engineering major. The requirements for the double major are the same as those in the program description for the Bachelor of Science in Physics. Within the double major, a select number of engineering courses are acceptable substitutes for required physics courses, as follows:

In addition, select engineering-related courses can be used to satisfy the required nine credits of elective physics and physics-related courses, as detailed in the program description for the B.S. in Physics.

Listed below are the total credits and required courses necessary for biomedical, chemical and life science, computer, electrical, and mechanical engineering majors to complete a double major in physics. In addition, the courses that are used from the primary engineering major toward fulfillment of the physics major are provided.

Biomedical engineering (19 credits): MATH 307; PHYS 301, 320, 340, 376, 380 and PHYZ 320 (one credit).
         Necessary courses used from the biomedical engineering major include: EGRB 303, 401-402 and 427; MATH 310; PHYS 207 and 208; STAT 541.

Chemical and life science engineering (19 credits): MATH 307; PHYS 301, 320, 376, 380, and PHYZ 320 and a three-credit physics elective.*
         Necessary courses used from the chemical and life science engineering major include: CLSE 204, 301; ENGR 402, 403 and ENGZ 402, 403; PHYS 207, 208; STAT 541.

Electrical and computer engineering (13 credits): PHYS 301, 320, 340, 380 and PHYZ 320.
         Necessary courses used from the electrical engineering major include: EGRE 224, 303, 307 and 309; ENGR 402, 403; PHYS 207, 208.
         Necessary courses used from the computer engineering major include: EGRE 224, 303 or 309, and 307; ENGR 402, 403; MATH 307; and PHYS 207, 208.

Mechanical engineering (16 credits): EGRM 436*; PHYS 301, 320, 376, 380, and PHYZ 320 and a three-credit physics elective.*
         Necessary courses used from the mechanical engineering major include: EGRM 204; ENGR 301, 402, 403 and ENGZ 402 and 403; PHYS 207, 208; STAT 541.

* Any physics/physics-related elective course as listed in the bulletin description for the B.S. in Physics.

With regard to general education requirements, students must fulfill the requirements of their primary engineering major. Any student interested in a physics double major should contact the physics undergraduate adviser, Dr. Baski at (804) 828-8295 or aabaski@vcu.edu.

 

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