Department of Physics

West Chester University

Chair: Anthony J. Nicastro
127 Merion Science Center
West Chester, PA 19383
Phone: 610.436.2497
Fax: 610.436.3013
ANicastro@wcupa.edu


Earn Two Degrees: Physics and Engineering

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WCU 3-2 program

Engineers find jobs in a broad range of applications - from designing nuclear engines to building micro - machines to travel through the human body to fight disease. Armed also with a physics degree, an engineer is in a better position to develop the science behind these pursuits, which can often be more attractive to employers.

The Department of Physics offers a 3-2 Physics-Engineering Program. This is a dual-degree program where a student spends three years at West Chester and two years at one of our partner institutions, after which a student holds a B.S. in Physics from West Chester University and a bachelor's degree in engineering from the partner insitution. Students in the 3-2 program pay tuition at the institution where courses are being taken, meaning the two degrees can often be obtained for about the same cost or less than spending four years obtaining engineering degree from a private institution. The 3-2 program is designed to give students more time to decide on an engineering specialty. Students will also have received more math and science preparation when they go to the engineering affiliate institution, which can lead to greater academic success. Currently, we have agreements with Columbia University, Penn State University, and Philadelphia University. Highlights of each program are given below. For more detailed information and requiments, see the 3-2 curriculum schedule.

Program with Columbia University:

Available majors are Applied Mathematics, Applied Physics, Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Earth and Environmental Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Engineering Mechanics, Engineering and Management Systems, Industrial Engineering, Material Science and Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering, and Operations Research.

For guaranteed acceptance into the program: the required minimum cumulative grade point average is a 3.30, a minimum grade of B must be obtained on the first attempt in all science and mathematics prerequisite coursework.

Program with Penn State University:

Available majors are Biological Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Energy Engineering, Engineering Science, Environmental Systems Engineering, General Engineering, Material Science and Engineering, and Mining Engineering.

The required minimum cumulative grade point average is a 3.00. Original grades for courses that were repeated should be used in the calculation. 

The degree program with Penn State is not available to transfer students and must be completed within three years. 

More details about the program and matriculating to Penn State is available here.

Program with Philadelphia University:

Available majors Mechanical Engineering and (General) Engineering with concentrations in Architectural Engineering, Industrial and Systems Engineering, Composites Engineering and Textile Engineering.

Philadelphia University accepts students who transferred 30 credits or fewer into WCU, and does not limit the time spent at WCU.

Students must have a GPA of at least 3.0 when they transfer to Philadelphia University. Original grades for courses that were repeated should be used in the calculation. 

Students should refer to the following documents for more information: WCU-Philly Univ 3+2 agreement, B.S. Engineering Checksheet, B.S. Mechanical Engineering Checksheet.