Dual Bachelor of Science - Master of Science Physics & Mechanical Engineering

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student in classStudents 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. 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.

Requirements & Course of Study

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

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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.