Programs of Study
The physics program is designed to prepare students to think critically, to become rigorously grounded in fundamental scientific principles, and to apply both disciplined and creative habits of inquiry to their studies. The study of physics is excellent for a wide variety of technical careers.
Requirements for a major or minor in physics are outlined under degree requirements.
The Combined Plan for Engineering
Also referred to as the Binary Program or 3/2 Program, the combined plan enables students to earn both an engineering degree (B.S.) as well as a liberal arts degree (B.A.).
After three years at BW, and depending on which courses have been taken, it generally takes a student two more years to complete the engineering program. As long as the student has met course requirements, been given his or her advisor's approval, and maintained at least a 3.0 GPA, he or she is essentially assured transfer admission into an engineering program.
BW has agreements with Case Western Reserve in Cleveland and Columbia in New York. Students are not limited to the above-mentioned affiliate schools, they may also select a different engineering school in consultation with the liaison officer in the Physics Department at BW. Each school has somewhat different requirements, and a BW student must go through an application process to be formally admitted to a particular university. Baldwin Wallace has never had a student refused entrance into an engineering program.
The pre-engineering program requires satisfactory completion of at least 92 semester hours of work, which includes calculus and differential equations, general chemistry, general physics, a computer language course, and completion of the College core curriculum. Advanced courses in chemistry and/or physics totaling at least 58 semester hours must be completed.
BW gets very positive feedback about the dual degree program from the students themselves, as well as from the engineering schools and the recruiters who interview BW students. BW's liberal arts core curriculum ensures that our students have excellent communication skills and the diverse background for which employers are looking. The extra undergraduate year is a definite advantage to students in building their technical skills before they take on the challenges of the engineering curriculum.
What type of student chooses the dual degree engineering program? A student with broad interests who isn't quite sure which path to follow. A student who wants a solid liberal arts foundation. A student who isn't quite sure whether he or she is more interested in civil, mechanical, electrical, or biomedical engineering. At BW, students can begin their liberal arts education without making a specific engineering career choice until their third year.
For more information, please contact Dr. Peter Hoekje in the Physics Department at (440) 826-2494 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Requirements for this 3/2 program are outlined under degree requirements.