This program provides biomedical, chemical and life science, electrical, computer, mechanical, and nuclear engineering majors the opportunity to earn a double major in physics, requiring an additional nine to 17 credits beyond the hours required for the primary engineering major. The requirements for the double major are the same as those in the program description for the Bachelor of Science in Physics. Within the double major, a select number of engineering courses are acceptable substitutes for required physics courses.

The lists below show the total credits and required courses necessary — beyond what can be used as requirements for that major — for students to complete a double major in physics. In addition, the courses that are used from the primary engineering major toward fulfillment of the physics major are provided.

Biomedical engineering (17 credits): Additional courses are MATH   307, PHYS   301, PHYS   320, PHYS   376, PHYS   380 and PHYZ   320 (one credit).

Courses used that are required for the biomedical engineering major include: EGRB   303 replaces PHYS   340; EGRB   401 and EGRB   402 replace PHYS   450 and PHYS   490; and EGRB   427 counts as an upper-level physics elective.*  PHYS   207 and PHYS   208 also are required physics courses, and MATH   310 and STAT   441 count as upper-level physics electives.*

Chemical and life science engineering (13 credits): Additional courses are PHYS   301, PHYS   320, PHYS   376, PHYS   380 and PHYZ   320 (one credit).

Courses used that are required for the chemical or life science engineering major include: CLSE   305 replaces PHYS   340; ENGR   402, ENGR   403, CLSE   402 and CLSE   403 replace PHYS   450 and PHYS   490; and CLSE   301 and CLSE   302 count as upper-level physics electives.*  PHYS   207 and PHYS   208 are also required physics courses, and STAT   441 counts as an upper-level physics elective.*

Computer engineering (nine credits): Additional courses are PHYS   301, PHYS   340 and PHYS   380.

Courses used that can be taken to complete the computer engineering major include: EGRE   309 (computer engineering elective) replaces PHYS   376; and ENGR   402, ENGR   403 and EGRE   427 replace PHYS   450 and PHYS   490. EGRE   306 also counts as an upper-level physics elective,* and the five remaining credits of upper-level physics electives* can be chosen from EGRE   303, EGRE   307, EGRE   310, EGRE   334 and EGRE   521MATH   307, PHYS   320 and PHYZ   320 (one credit) are required for physics and can be used as technical electives for computer engineering. PHYS   207 and PHYS   208 are also required physics courses. 

Electrical engineering (nine credits): Additional courses are PHYS   301, PHYS   340 and PHYS   380.

Courses used that can be taken to complete the electrical engineering major include: EGRE   309 replaces PHYS   376; and ENGR   402, ENGR   403, and one selection from EGRE   402 and EGRE   403 (both), EGRE   427 or EGRE   436 replace PHYS   450 and PHYS   490EGRE   303 and EGRE   306 also count as upper-level physics electives,* and the two remaining credits of upper-level physics electives* can be chosen from EGRE   307, EGRE   310, EGRE   334 and EGRE   521PHYS   320 and PHYZ   320 (one credit) are required for physics and can be used as technical electives for electrical engineering. PHYS   207 and PHYS   208 are required physics courses. 

Mechanical engineering (13 credits): Additional courses are PHYS   301, PHYS   320, PHYS   376, PHYS   380 and PHYZ   320 (one credit).

Courses used that can be taken to complete the mechanical engineering major include: EGMN   302 replaces PHYS   340; and ENGR   402, ENGR   403, EGMN   402 and EGMN   403 replace PHYS   450 and PHYS   490. Taken together, EGMN   301, EGMN   309, and either STAT   441 or EGMN   351 satisfy the upper-level physics elective requirement.* PHYS   207 and PHYS   208 are required physics courses.

Mechanical engineering majors should consult with an adviser to determine whether any upper-level physics courses can be used to satisfy mechanical engineering technical elective or nuclear engineering elective requirements.

* Any physics/physics-related elective course as listed in the bulletin description for the B.S. in Physics.

With regard to general education requirements, students must fulfill the requirements of their primary engineering major. Any student interested in a physics double major should contact the physics department at (804) 828-1818 or physics@vcu.edu.