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.