Department of Physics
West Chester University
Chair: Anthony J. Nicastro
127 Merion Science Center
West Chester, PA 19383
B.S. Physics (WCU 2011)
B.S. Electrical Engineering (PSU 2011)
CIM AutomaCon Systems
The Department of Physics offers a 3-2 Physics-Engineering Program. This is a dual-degree program where the student spends three years at West Chester and two years at one of our partner institutions, after which a student holds a B.S. in Physics from West Chester University and a bachelor's degree in engineering from the partner insitution. Currently, we have agreements with Penn State University (main campus & Harrisburg) and Philadelphia University. The typical 3-2 curriculum schedule at WCU can be found here.
*Penn State does not permit students who entered WCU as a transfer student. Students also must complete the required courses at WCU within three years and leave WCU with a GPA of at least 3.0.
**Philadelphia University accepts students who transferred 30 credits or fewer into WCU, and does not limit the time spent at WCU. Students must have a GPA of at least 3.0 when they transfer to Philadelphia University. Students planning to transfer to Philly University should refer to the following documents: WCU-Philly Univ 3+2 agreement, B.S. Engineering Checksheet, B.S. Mechanical Engineering Checksheet.
Engineers find jobs in a broad range of applications - from designing nuclear engines to building micro - machines to travel through the human body to fight disease. Armed also with a physics degree, an engineer is in a better position to develop the science behind these pursuits, which can often be more attractive to employers. Students in the 3-2 program pay tuition at the institution where courses are being taken, meaning the two degrees can often be obtained for about the same cost or less than spending four years obtaining engineering degree from a private institution. The 3-2 program is designed to give students more time to decide on an engineering specialty. Finally, students will have had more math and science preparation when they go to the engineering affiliate institution, which can lead to greater academic success.