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Dual-Degree in Physics and Engineering

Engineers are the ultimate problem solvers, using a combination of applied physics, mathematics, and computational tools to tackle the world’s challenges from renewable energy to development of new medical technology. This dual degree program enables students to receive a Physics BS from CWU and a Mechanical Engineering BS from Washington State University. The total length of time for both degrees is expected to be about five years, with approximately three years at Central Washington University (dating from enrollment in MATH 172) and approximately two years at Washington State University. At CWU, students must complete a minimum of 135 credits, including all General Education requirements. 


Why this program? 

In the Physics/Engineering Dual Degree program, you will spend your first three years of college at CWU developing a solid foundation in applied physics and pre-engineering, while working with award-winning faculty on laboratory projects using state-of-the-art equipment. Then, you will spend two years in the WSU Mechanical Engineering Program, learning how to take your ideas from start-to-finish through the process of design, research, testing and implementation.  

Sample course schedule

Students in this program work with an academic advisor to develop a tailored class schedule that meets all program requirements. Please contact for more information. 


Graduating from CWU after completing required courses at WSU: 

When you are near the end of your engineering program, but by January 1 of the year you wish to graduate from CWU, complete the following steps: 

  1. Go online to apply for graduation ( 
  2. Send an official copy of your engineering school transcript to the CWU Registrar and unofficial copy to your CWU Academic Advisor. 
  3. Look for an email from your CWU Academic Advisor with any remaining physics department items to-do. Most likely, you'll have none. 
  4. Look for an email from CWU Degree Checkout and login to MyCWU for and CWU items to-do.

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