Skip to body


College of the Sciences
Give to Physics

Contact Us

Department of Physics
(509) 963-2727

Follow Us

Science Spectacle

Dual-Degree in Physics and Engineering

The Department offers a dual degree program that enables students to receive a Baccalaureate degree in physics from CWU and a Bachelor of Science from an appropriate engineering institution in a respective engineering discipline. 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 the engineering institution. At CWU, students must complete a minimum of 135 credits, including all General Education requirements. Additional courses may be required depending on the specific engineering discipline - be sure to consult the Physics Department Chair for details.

Required Courses:

Dual-degree majors take introductory and mid-level physics and math courses their first two years. Required upper-level courses depend on the desired engineering path (i.e. mechanical, electrical, aerospace, etc) and what courses the students will complete at the partner institution. Please contact COTS Advisor Eva Whitsett or Physics Department Chair Erin Craig for more information regarding sample schedules.

See physics course descriptions here.


Sample course schedules:

Mechanical Engineering
Electrical Engineering


Requirements for graduating from CWU after completing required courses at partner institution:

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 Eva Whitsett.
  3. Look for an email from Eva Whitsett with any remaining physics department items to-do. Most likely, you'll have none.
  4. Look for an email from Degree Checkout and login to MyCWU for and CWU items to-do.

Take the Next Step to Becoming a Wildcat.