The University of St. Thomas

School of Engineering

Double Major in
Physics (B.A.) and Electrical Engineering (B.S.)

The Double Major program in Physics and Electrical Engineering is designed for well-prepared students with a strong interest in both physics and engineering. The program combines the applied engineering concepts of electrical engineering with the knowledge and theory of physics. Students in this dual program will have skills to prepare them for a wide variety of opportunities in industry or advanced graduate education. This double degree program requires four years to complete.

The electrical engineering curriculum combines the study of basic sciences, circuit design, microprocessors and control systems with the study of the liberal arts. This is culminated at the senior level with the Engineering Design Clinic which applies academic knowledge to an industrial project.  Emphasis is placed on applied engineering.

The physics curriculum provides for a foundation in modern physics; electricity, magnetism and waves; optics; and quantum mechanics.

Please work with your advisor to determine if you may place out of one or more semesters if already proficient in a given subject such as mathematics and/or language.

Students graduating with a major in electrical engineering will meet the program objectives and outcomes designed to exceed the requirements of ABET's Engineering Criteria 2000. These are a comprehensive set of criteria designed to provide graduates with the technical, ethical, attitudinal and communications skills required to be a productive contributor to society and to aggressively seek life-long learning experiences.

These program objectives and outcomes are designed to provide the graduate with a foundation for clear thinking and expression in a balanced liberal arts educational program. They will demonstrate competence in a variety of skills that enhance their ability to solve problems in diverse ways to meet the needs of the community through their work and in their lives, as agents of change in the world of the future. Graduates will also develop teamwork and communication skills while gaining a comprehensive understanding of the design and engineering system.

Graduates will be prepared for direct entry into an engineering position in industry or for advanced study in graduate school.

Double Major in Electrical Engineering (B.S.E.E.)
and Physics (B.A.)

  • ENGR 150 Introduction to Engineering I (0 credit)
  • ENGR 151 Introduction to Engineering II (1 credit)
  • ENGR 230 Digital Design
  • ENGR 240 Circuit Design
  • ENGR 330 Microprocessors 1
  • ENGR 331 Microprocessors 2
  • ENGR 340 Signals and Systems
  • ENGR 345 Electronics 1
  • ENGR 346 Electronics 2
  • ENGR 410 Control Systems and Automation
  • ENGR 431 Design of Embedded Systems
  • ENGR 480 Engineering Design Clinic I
  • ENGR 481 Engineering Design Clinic II
  • PHYS 111 Introduction to Classical Physics I
  • PHYS 112 Introduction to Classical Physics II
  • PHYS 225 Introduction to Modern Physics I
  • PHYS 226 Introduction to Modern Physics II
  • PHYS 300 Seminar I (1 credit)
  • PHYS 301 Seminar II (1 credit)
  • PHYS 323 Methods of Experimental Physics
  • PHYS 341 Electricity and Magnetism
  • PHYS 342/ENGR 342 Electromagnetic Waves
  • PHYS 331 Theoretical Mechanics
  • PHYS 347 Optics
  • PHYS 410 Statistical Mechanics & Thermal Physics
  • PHYS 431 Quantum Mechanics
  • One additional course above PHYS 301

Allied Courses:

  • MATH 113 Calculus I
  • MATH 114 Calculus II
  • MATH 200 Multi-Variable Calculus
  • MATH 210 Linear Algebra and Differential Equations
  • MATH 303 Statistics for the Applied Sciences
  • QMCS 230 Software Design

General Core Courses:

  • ENGL 111 Critical Reading & Writing I
  • ENGL 112 Critical Reading & Writing II
  • Fine Arts
  • HIST 1XX History
  • Lang 111 Language
  • Lang 112
  • Lang 211
  • PHED 100 Health and Fitness
  • PHIL 115 Philosophy of the Human Person
  • PHIL 214 Intro to Ethics
  • Social Science
  • THEO 101 Christian Theological Tradition
  • THEO 2XX
  • THEO 3XX

    BS Electrical Engineering and BA Physics Plan of Study