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Shippensburg PA 17257
(717) 477-1151

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Franklin Science Center 215B
Shippensburg University
1871 Old Main Drive
Shippensburg, PA
(717) 477-1570
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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 Pennsylvania State University.

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 engineering school 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 partnership with Pennsylvania State University, students can also take advantage of the larger university's advanced research capabilities to pursue their own interests.

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:

  • Mechanical
  • Computer
  • Electrical
  • Civil
  • Materials Science

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.

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 physics.

Student Groups

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
(717) 477-1570
Department Web Site