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Physics/Engineering Dual-Degree Programs

 

Students with sufficient pre-college preparation can follow one of seven (see areas below) dual-degree engineering program paradigms to direct their completion of course requirements for their Physics major with an engineering sciences emphasis (PHES) in three years’ study at Saint Mary’s. They would then apply to transfer to the University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering (CSE) via a facilitated transfer process into their chosen engineering major program; complete the additional requirements at CSE for that major; and graduate with two degrees: a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in PHES, bestowed by Saint Mary’s; and a Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng.) in one of seven engineering fields. 

These include aerospace engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering, geoengineering, industrial and systems engineering, materials science engineering, or mechanical engineering), granted by CSE. 
 
Normal progress toward program completion would result in the Saint Mary’s B.A. being earned by the end of the first year at CSE (that is, the fourth year in the program), and the B.Eng. at the end of the second year at CSE (the fifth program year).
 
Students interested in finishing the accelerated PHES coursework completion program in three years’ study must matriculate with sufficient preparation to take M151 Calculus I (or higher) in their first semester at Saint Mary’s. All seven of the PHES/engineering programs require students to complete a minimum of 102 credits in six semesters, that is, between 16 and 18 credits per semester. (Students should also note that a GPA at or greater than 3.1 out of 4 is typically required for CSE transfer acceptance and program admission.) These credits will complete the coursework requirements for the LCT liberal arts core curriculum/general education program and for the PHES major, and will provide the recommended prerequisite courses for the individual CSE engineering programs. The additional upper-division coursework completed in the first year of study at CSE and transferred to Saint Mary’s will bring the student’s credit count up to the Saint Mary’s B.A. graduation requirements of 45 upper-division credits and 122 total credits.
 
Aerospace Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Geoengineering, Material Science Engineering:

Please contact the physics department chair for the latest versions of the program paradigms for these five programs. Each of these paradigms maps out a program of 102 credits to be taken over six consecutive semesters. Those schemata should be taken as one possible way of completing the required coursework for the Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota physics with an engineering sciences emphasis (PHES) major in three years. Students should be aware that all 300-level courses in physics are offered on a two-year rotation, and should be alert to how this sequencing may affect prerequisites. Because of the compressed nature of these schedules, students completing one of these paradigms will have virtually no time for elective courses. 
 
There are opportunities, however, for students to avail themselves of elective coursework. These options will be available to: (1) students who enter Saint Mary’s with AP, IB or CLEP credits that are approved to satisfy general education or major program requirements; (2) students who elect to take online or summer classes that are approved to satisfy core curriculum, general education, or major program requirements; (3) students who, after they transfer to CSE, elect to take courses at the University of Minnesota (or elsewhere) that are approved to satisfy general education or major program requirements. 
 
It is the responsibility of each student to complete all major and university requirements. Course titles and contents are subject to change. Not all courses are offered each semester or year. Students should be in regular and careful consultation with their major advisor and with the physics department chair to secure the most current information and to ensure appropriate progress. Students interested in the Lasallian Honors Program should consult the honors program director for the suitable sequence of courses.
 
Industrial and Systems Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering

Please contact the physics department chair for the latest versions of the program paradigms for these two programs. Each of these paradigms maps out a program of 110-113 credits to be taken over six consecutive semesters. Those schemata should be taken as one possible way of completing the required courses for the Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota physics with an engineering sciences emphasis (PHES) major in three years. 
 
Because these two programs each require two semesters of botany and zoology [B110/111, 120/121], students wanting to complete the requirements in three years will need either to enter with applicable credits or elect online or summer coursework (see options 1-3, below). Students should be aware that all 300-level courses in physics are offered on a two-year rotation, and should be alert to how this sequencing may affect prerequisites. 
 
Because of the compressed nature of this schedule, students completing these paradigms will have virtually no time for elective courses. There are opportunities, however, for students to avail themselves of elective coursework. These options will be available to: (1) students who enter Saint Mary’s with AP, IB or CLEP credits that are approved to satisfy general education or major program requirements; (2) students who elect to take online or summer classes that are approved to satisfy core curriculum, general education or major program requirements; (3) students who, after
they transfer to CSE, opt to take courses at the University of Minnesota (or elsewhere) that are approved to satisfy general education or major program requirements. 
 
It is the responsibility of each student to complete all major and university requirements. Course titles and contents are subject to change. Not all courses are offered each semester or year. Students should be in regular and in-depth consultation with their major advisor and with the physics department chair for the most current information and to ensure appropriate progress. Students interested in the Lasallian Honors Program should consult the honors program director for the suitable sequence of courses.