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Shippensburg PA 17257
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Franklin Science Center 123
Shippensburg University
1871 Old Main Drive
Shippensburg, PA
(717) 477-1570
physics@ship.edu
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Applied Physics/Engineering

The 3+2 undergraduate program in applied physics and engineering offers students the technical competency of an engineering degree plus the broad knowledge base and flexibility of a physics degree.

Applied Physics/Engineering 3+2 Program at Ship

The 3+2  (dual degree) program at Shippensburg University offers two degrees: one in applied physics and another, from a partner university, in the engineering field of the student’s choice. The Department of Physics’ 3+2 program offers students the technical competency of an engineering degree plus the broad knowledge base and flexibility of a physics degree. Students complete three years of coursework at Shippensburg, followed by two years at the engineering school of either Pennsylvania State University or the University of Maryland. Shippensburg University is the only university in Pennsylvania with an articulation agreement with the engineering school of the University of Maryland. 

Beyond the receipt of two degrees, this program provides our students with a broader background in the liberal arts and a great breadth of knowledge of physics, thus increasing a student’s career options.

The success rate of Ship students in their engineering schools has been outstanding. In over twenty years, not a single student has failed out of engineering school. Many students report that their averages actually go up. In the past several years, our students have received various honors. One was named Mechanical Engineering Student of the Year, another was the top student in the US Navy’s national Civil Engineering Test, and still others have been accepted into prestigious graduate schools such as Stanford University.

Students in Shippensburg’s engineering undergraduate programs benefit from small class sizes and a low student to teacher ratio. Our engineering majors collaborate with fellow students and leading researchers. Through our partnerships with Pennsylvania State University and the University of Maryland, students can also take advantage of the larger universities’ advanced research capabilities to pursue their own interests.

Admission and Degree Requirements

Both engineering and physics are highly mathematical disciplines. Typically, students who plan a career in engineering take 4 years of mathematics in high school: one year each of algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and pre-calculus. If possible, students should also take courses in physics and calculus. Communication skills, both oral and written, are essential for a successful career.

The applied physics major requires a total of 98 credits within the physics curriculum, including:

  • 32 credits of physics
  • 18 credits in mathematics
  • 8 credits of chemistry
  • 4 credits in computer science

In addition to Shippensburg’s general education program requirements, the engineering schools require an additional writing course. Students who plan to pursue a degree in chemical engineering will substitute the modern organic chemistry sequence for 8 credits of physics.

Careers in Applied Physics/Engineering

The written articulation agreement guarantees the successful student admission into the engineering discipline of his or her choice with junior standing at a partner university. The career choices, therefore, are as varied as the fields of engineering. Popular choices include:

  • Nuclear
  • Mechanical
  • Aerospace
  • Computer
  • Electrical
  • Civil
  • Chemical

Additionally, the University of Maryland has the only fire prevention engineering program in the country.

Most students completing our program go directly into the job market. The two degrees give the student even greater flexibility as many companies want to move engineers into management and seek well-rounded candidates, such as those holding dual degrees. Some of our students choose to continue their education in engineering or physics graduate programs.

Get Involved

Many Shippensburg Applied Physics/Engineering students belong to the Society of Physics Students, a group promoting the development and interests of students in the sciences. Our students also participate in Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS).

Apply Today

Enrollment in the combined physics/engineering undergrad program at Shippensburg University is competitive. Students typically require strong grades in high school math and science classes; most successful applicants will also have high SAT scores.

Find out more by visiting the Admissions website and beginning your application online. The Admissions website contains information about booking a campus tour or visiting an open house. Call today for more information.