minus plus magnify speech newspaper atomic biology chemistry computer-science earth-science forensic-services globe info math matrix molecule neuroscience pencil physics pin psychology email share atsign clock double-left-chevron double-right-chevron envelope fax phone tumblr googleplus pinterest twitter facebook feed linkedin youtube flickr instagram
Student working in a lab looking at equipment

Physics and Electrical Engineering B.S./M.S.

Offered by: Department of Physics Students earning a dual degree in physics and electrical engineering combine the research skills and fundamental knowledge of a physics major with the design and application skills of an electrical 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.

See Physics undergraduate programs

See Physics Masters Programs

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.

The Bachelor of Science dual degree in physics and electrical engineering takes advantage of several “overlaps” in the curriculum, allowing students to earn two degrees with only a few more courses than are required to earn a single degree in either field. By taking a few summer courses, students can complete both degrees in the normal four year period. Students in this program require 141 credit hours. Both degrees are awarded by Purdue University.

What will you do?

Students earning a dual degree in physics and electrical engineering combine the research skills and fundamental knowledge of a physics major with the design and application skills of an electrical engineer. Students earning these degrees will be extraordinarily well prepared for jobs in engineering, including research and development jobs. 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 jog security and career advancement.

Degree requirements

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

For a summary of the course requirements:

Download Degree Requirements & Sample Plan of Study

Research

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.

Physics chair promotes dialogue to yield better teaching, improved learning

Andrew Gavrin, Ph.D. Associate Professor and Chair