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Physics and Mechanical Engineering Dual B.S./M.S. (Purdue degrees)

Offered by: Department of Physics Students in this program can earn a B.S. in Physics and an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering. Students who complete this program learn to combine the research skills and fundamental knowledge of a physics major with the design and application skills of a mechanical engineer.

Why choose this program?

Undergraduates will find that they have the unique opportunity to work closely with faculty as they complete their degree. Students majoring in physics consolidate their undergraduate studies by putting what they have learned to use in a capstone experience in one of the department’s research laboratories. Each student joins a member of the faculty in a project that provides experience in a professional setting.

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What will you learn?

Physics is the study of matter and energy, from the smallest scale, as in the study of elementary particles, to the largest, as in the study of the formation and evolution of stars and galaxies. In this sense, physics is the science that underlies all other sciences.

Developments in basic physics drive technology, and technology helps physicists discover nature’s secrets.

Physicists tend to view themselves as problem solvers, especially those problems that can be couched in mathematical terms. Physics students are trained to solve complex problems by learning to analyze complex relationships in mathematical terms. Engineers with a physics background are more flexible than those with only an engineering background—they understand more aspects of a problem, they contribute more broadly, and they can shift from one project to another with a shorter learning curve. Unsurprisingly, this provides great benefits in job security and career advancement.

This program takes advantage of the overlapping curricula of the Departments of Physics and Mechanical Engineering to allow completion of the dual degree in 142 semester credit hours. The two degrees, if pursued separately, would require the completion of 154 credit hours. Both degrees are awarded by Purdue University.

What kind of jobs are available?

Students in this program can earn a BS in physics and an MS in Mechanical Engineering. Students who complete this program learn to combine the research skills and fundamental knowledge of a physics major with the design and application skills of a mechanical engineer. Students earning these degrees will be extraordinarily well prepared for jobs in engineering, including research and development jobs.

Degree requirements

Details of all undergraduate degree requirements can be found in the IUPUI bulletin.

For a summary of the course requirements:
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Students apply what they've learned in a capstone experience completed in the physics research laboratory.  They may choose programs in optical physics, solid state physics or biological physics. Learn more about our unprecedented research opportunities.

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