Get the best of both worlds
The Physics-Engineering Dual Degree Program allows students to earn two degrees in five years. Students spend the first three years at SFA before transferring to an engineering school of their choice. Students receive a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in physics from SFA and a B.S. degree in engineering from their chosen engineering school.
We work with some of the best engineering schools in Texas to complete this unique physics-engineering dual degree program. This exciting program allows you to accelerate your academic career and earn a highly sought-after dual degree.
Here are the steps:
- Enroll at SFA and earn the major part of your B.S. in physics
- Complete optional minor in mathematics
- Complete pre-engineering course requirements at SFA
- Transfer to an engineering school of your choice to complete your engineering degree.
Important: Some your engineering hours will be used to complete your degree in physics from SFA.
Dual degrees add up to more career options
Students who graduate from our dual degree program have access to some of the most interesting and high-paying jobs around. From teaching to medicine to the military and aerospace, the career opportunities are nearly limitless.
Facilities that encourage hands-on learning
Being a combined physics and engineering student at SFA is a fantastic experience. SFA is home to state-of-the-art facilities that allow students to make advances and discoveries alongside SFA professors – even at the undergraduate level:
- Quantum optics lab
- Low-temperature physics lab
- Thin film lab
- Radar signaling lab
- Gas dynamics lab
- Optical polarimetry lab
Undergraduate programs and requirements
Physics-Engineering Dual Degree Program
The physics-engineering dual degree program allows you to earn two degrees in five years. Students have the option of completing the course requirements for a B.S. in physics, a minor in mathematics and the core courses of the pre-engineering program at SFA, then earning their B.S. in engineering at an engineering school of their choice.
Students in the dual degree program must complete core and mathematics requirements, in addition to the following:
- Approximately 30 hours of an upper-division engineering program (6 of those hours must be from advanced engineering).
- 36 hours of physics, engineering, and astronomy (20 hours must be advanced).
- PHY 241, 242, 250 (or EGR 250), 321 or (EGR 321), 333, 347, 440 and 470.
- 4 hours from PHY 262 (or EGR 215), PHY 343 (or EGR 343), PHY 430, 431 and 441, AST 305 or 335 or special problems (PHY 475 or 476).
- CHE 133 and 134
- CSC 102
Important: Students should contact engineering schools such as Texas A&M University, University of Texas (Austin, Tyler or Dallas), the University of Houston and Texas Tech about the compatibility of the suggested curriculum with their program.
If you love the idea of teaching physics or engineering every bit as much as you love learning about it, we also offer a teacher’s certification program. To find out more about our teaching certification, contact one of our advisors.
*See General Bulletin for additional details, guidelines and requirements