Bachelor of Science, Major in Physics/Engineering Dual Degree

Bachelor of Science, Major in Physics/Engineering Dual Degree
Core Curriculum
Component Area I (Communication)6
Component Area II (Mathematics)3
Component Area III (Life and Physical Science)8
Component Area IV (Language, Philosophy, and Culture)3
Component Area V (Creative Arts)3
Component Area VI (U.S. History)6
Component Area VII (Political Science/Government)6
Component Area VIII (Social and Behavioral Sciences)3
Component Area IX (Component Area Option)4
Degree Specific Requirements
CHEM 1411General Chemistry I 14
CHEM 1412General Chemistry II 14
COSC 1436Programming Fundamentals I4
ENGL 3330Intro to Technical Writing3
ETDD 1361Engineering Graphics3
Advanced Elective3
Major Core
PHYS 1401Physics Boot Camp4
PHYS 1411Introduction To Physics I4
PHYS 1422Introduction To Physics II4
PHYS 3370
PHYS 4110
Intro To Theoretical Physics
and Adv Undergrad Laboratory I
PHYS 3395
PHYS 3115
Electronics & Circuit Analysis
and Electronic & Circuit Anlys Lab
PHYS 3391
PHYS 3111
Modern Physics I
and Modern Physics Laboratory I
PHYS (Advanced) (see list below)6-8
MATH 1420Calculus I 14
MATH 1430Calculus II4
MATH 2440Calculus III4
MATH 3376Differential Equations3
MATH 3377Intro to Linear Alg & Matrics3
Total Hours99-101
Advanced PHYS Electives
PHYS 4333
PHYS 4113
Light And Optics
and Light And Optics
PHYS 3360Statics And Dynamics3
PHYS 4366Intro Quantum Mechanics3
PHYS 4368Electricity And Magnetism3
PHYS 4371Thermodynamcs & Statistcl Mech3
PHYS 4370Classical Mechanics3

For the Dual Degree Plan the student completes three years in Physics at Sam Houston State University and the curriculum in an engineering field at a university with a recognized accredited degree program in the chosen engineering field.

After successfully completing this program, the student receives two Bachelor of Science degrees:

  • one in Physics from Sam Houston State University
  • one in an engineering specialty from the university with the recognized accredited engineering degree program.

The applicable engineering specialties are:

  • aerospace
  • agriculture
  • chemical
  • civil
  • electrical
  • industrial
  • mechanical
  • nuclear
  • petroleum
  • radiation protection engineering

For the chemical engineering option, a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry would be received from Sam Houston State University.

For more information on this program contact:

Dual Degree Plan Coordinator
Department of Physics
Sam Houston State University
Huntsville, Texas 77341-2267

Students in either of these programs should consult with the Physics/Engineering advisor to adjust the recommended programs to meet the requirements of the particular field of engineering at the terminal university.

To contact the Department of Physics, call (936) 294-1601; FAX: (936) 294-1585; or visit Department of Physics.

First Year
CHEM 141114CHEM 141214
ENGL 130123ENGL 130223
HIST 130133HIST 130233
MATH 142044MATH 143044
PHYS 14014PHYS 14114
 18 18
Second Year
Component Area IV3Component Area IX3
ETDD 13613COSC 14364
MATH 24404ENGL 33303
PHYS 14224PHYS 3370
PHYS 4110
POLS 230553POLS 230653
 17 17
Third Year
Component Area VIII3Component Area V3
Elective Advanced3MATH 33773
PHYS 33913PHYS 33953
PHYS 31111PHYS 31151
PHYS Advanced (see, list below)3-4PHYS Advanced (see, list below)3-4
MATH 33763 
 16-17 13-14
Fourth Year
University with Accredited Degree Program0University with Accredited Degree Program0
 0 0
Total Hours: 99-101
Advanced PHYS Electives
PHYS 4333
PHYS 4113
Light And Optics
and Light And Optics
PHYS 3360Statics And Dynamics3
PHYS 4366Intro Quantum Mechanics3
PHYS 4368Electricity And Magnetism3
PHYS 4370Classical Mechanics3
PHYS 4371Thermodynamcs & Statistcl Mech3

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) marketable skills initiative is part of the state’s 60x30TX plan and was designed to help students articulate their skills to employers.  Marketable skills are those skills valued by employers and/or graduate programs that can be applied in a variety of work or education settings and may include interpersonal, cognitive, and applied skill areas.

The BS in Physics/Engineering Dual Degree is designed to provide graduates with the following marketable skills:

  • Ability to creatively solve real-world problems.
  • Sophisticated understanding of applied mathematics.
  • Capacity to analyze and interpret complex data.
  • Quantitative understanding of mechanical, electrical, and thermal systems.
  • Model complex interactions with computer programming and technology.