Loyola offers a five-year dual degree in physics and engineering for students who wish to receive undergraduate degrees in both majors. The dual degree differs from the typical double major program, in which students receive a single diploma at graduation. Upon successful completion of the dual degree, Loyola students are awarded two diplomas: a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in physics with the applied science track and a Bachelor of Science (B.S.E.). in engineering sciences with a concentration in mechanical engineering, materials science, computer engineering, or electrical engineering. The B.S.E. is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.
Throughout the duration of the five-year dual-degree program, students take courses in physics, engineering, mathematics, and chemistry, and fulfill Loyola core requirements (see sample class schedule for the dual degree in mechanical engineering or electrical engineering). Modifications are possible from the sample schedule. This program allows students to receive the technical education that only a combined physics and engineering education can provide. Students gain mastery in topics including physics and engineering tools, materials science, solid mechanics, and quantum mechanics, complemented by the Jesuit, liberal arts tradition of the Loyola academic experience, providing students the best of both educational departments and a well-rounded education.
For students who enroll but choose not to continue with the dual degree in physics and engineering, an “exit option” is available. Students who choose the exit option will still be eligible and on pace to receive a B.S. in physics from Loyola in four years (see class schedule for the “exit option”).
Due to the intensive nature of this program, interested students should consult with their academic advisors or the chairs of the physics and engineering departments as soon as possible in their academic studies.