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Engineering (4-2 and 3-2 programs)

 

Westminster offers both a four-year Engineering Physics major (the 4-2 program) and an Engineering pre-professional program (the 3-2 program). Students who are undecided between these two options can wait until the end of junior year to choose. For information about the 4-2 program, click here. For information on the 3-2 program, read on.

Westminster has partnered with Case Western Reserve University to offer a Dual Degree program in Engineering. In the 3-2 program, students spend three years at Westminster and two years at the Case School of Engineering. In the end, students earn two bachelor’s degrees in five years: a B.S. in engineering physics, physics or chemistry from Westminster and a B.S. in Engineering from Case Western Reserve.

The advantage of first completing the core and supporting courses at Westminster are its small class sizes, ready access to faculty, and close collaboration with faculty not typically available to undergraduates at larger universities. At Westminster, students can choose from several specialized courses in materials science and engineering, core courses in physics or chemistry, and supporting courses in computer science and mathematics. Specific tracks exist for students interested in mechanical or electrical engineering.

The 3-2 program at Westminster is especially rigorous. From the first day of their first year and throughout the curriculum, students are taught to solve problems using programming and visualization software and to apply fundamental principles rather than secondary formulas. Students are required to conduct research with faculty in areas such as materials science, dynamics, and electronics. Students make use of our scanning tunneling microscope, GPU computer cluster, electronics lab, advanced physics lab, general physics lab, machine shop, and other resources. Weekly departmental lunch talks help build community, give students the chance to develop presentation skills needed for scientific careers, and keep everyone up-to-date on the latest physics and engineering research. Nearly all of our graduates are employed in engineering or physics-related fields or are conducting graduate study.