Applied Physics/Engineering Dual 3+2
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.
Why Study Applied Physics/Engineering Dual 3+2
The 3+2 (dual degree) undergraduate program in applied physics and
engineering offers you the technical competency of an engineering degree
plus the broad knowledge base and flexibility of a physics degree. Our
students complete three years of coursework at Shippensburg, followed by
two years at the engineering school of Pennsylvania State University.
Beyond the receipt of two degrees, this program will provide you with a
broader background in the liberal arts and a great breadth of knowledge
of physics, thus increasing your career options.
Why Study Applied Physics at Shippensburg
The success rate of Shippensburg University students in engineering
school has been outstanding. In over 20 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, including Mechanical Engineering Student of the
Year, 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.
Shippensburg’s undergraduate engineering students benefit from a low
student to teacher ratio. Our engineering majors collaborate with
fellow students and leading researchers. Through our partnership with
Pennsylvania State University, students can also take advantage of the
larger university's advanced research capabilities to pursue their own
Career Opportunities and Salary Estimates
Career choices for our graduates are as varied as the fields of engineering, including:
- Materials Science
Most students completing our program go directly into the job
market. The two degrees will give you even greater flexibility. Many
companies want to move engineers into management and seek well-rounded
candidates. Some of our students choose to continue their education in
engineering or physics graduate programs.
The average engineer salary in PA is $62,000 with an actual range of $41,000 to $98,000.
Major and Minor Requirements
Both engineering and physics are highly mathematical disciplines. If
you plan to have a career in engineering, we recommend that you take 4
years of mathematics in high school: one year each of algebra, geometry,
trigonometry, and pre-calculus. If possible, you 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, 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, 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
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).
Contact the Physics Department
Franklin Science Center 215B, 1871 Old Main Drive, Shippensburg, PA 17257
Department Web Site