Physics and Electrical Engineering B.S./M.S.Offered by: Department of Physics Students earning a dual degree in physics and electrical engineering combine the research skills and fundamental knowledge of a physics major with the design and application skills of an electrical engineer.
Why choose this program?
Undergraduates will find that they have the unique opportunity to work closely with faculty as they complete their degree. Students majoring in physics consolidate their undergraduate studies by putting what they have learned to use in a capstone experience in one of the department’s research laboratories. Each student joins a member of the faculty in a project that provides experience in a professional setting.
What will you learn?
Physics is the study of matter and energy, from the smallest scale, as in the study of elementary particles, to the largest, as in the study of the formation and evolution of stars and galaxies. In this sense, physics is the science that underlies all other sciences.
Developments in basic physics drive technology, and technology helps physicists discover nature’s secrets.
Physicists tend to view themselves as problem solvers, especially those problems that can be couched in mathematical terms. Physics students are trained to solve complex problems by learning to analyze complex relationships in mathematical terms.
The Bachelor of Science dual degree in physics and electrical engineering takes advantage of several “overlaps” in the curriculum, allowing students to earn two degrees with only a few more courses than are required to earn a single degree in either field. By taking a few summer courses, students can complete both degrees in the normal four year period. Students in this program require 141 credit hours. Both degrees are awarded by Purdue University.
What will you do?
Students earning a dual degree in physics and electrical engineering combine the research skills and fundamental knowledge of a physics major with the design and application skills of an electrical engineer. Students earning these degrees will be extraordinarily well prepared for jobs in engineering, including research and development jobs. Engineers with a physics background are more flexible than those with only an engineering background—they understand more aspects of a problem, they contribute more broadly, and they can shift from one project to another with a shorter learning curve. Unsurprisingly, this provides great benefits in jog security and career advancement.
Physics chair promotes dialogue to yield better teaching, improved learningAndrew Gavrin, Ph.D. Associate Professor and Chair