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2017-2019 Academic Catalog 
2017-2019 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Physics - Pre-Engineering (3-2) Concentration, B.S.


The mission of the Bachelor of Science Degree program in Physics is to offer traditional preparation of students for opportunities in graduate study, research, pre-engineering, and employment. There are two concentrations in the Physics degree program: Medical Physics and Pre-Engineering. The curriculum is designed to provide students with a solid foundation and training opportunities in interdisciplinary research areas such as: Chemical Physics, Medical Physics, Biomedical Engineering, Material Science, Optics & Lasers and Engineering.

The Physics program offers several options for obtaining a dual degree (BS/BE). Students may earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering by completing the three-year curriculum at Dillard University and one of the two-year curriculums at the host institution:

  • Columbia University (BS/BE)
  • Georgia Institute of Technology (BS/BE)
  • Tulane University (BS/BE)
  • University of New Orleans (BS/BE)

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate preparedness for graduate study and/or entry-level employment.
  • Effectively matriculate in 3-2 Pre-Engineering and Medical Physics program.
  • Demonstrate preparedness for independent study and research through interaction with scholars and experts in their disciplines.
  • Acquire experience through hands-on-training on major research equipment available in program.

Requirements for Bachelor of Science in Physics - Pre-Engineering

Complete a total of 137 credit hours of coursework for graduation.

General Education Core - 41 credit hours
Major Requirements - 52 credit hours
Additional Coursework - 20 credit hours
Host Institution - 24 credit hours

Requirements for Dual-Degree Program Participation

  • A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.8 or better, according to the host institution.
  • Completion of the Dillard University External Program Application by January 1 of the third year.
  • Completion of a degree audit by the Office of the Registrar.
  • Letter of acceptance from the Physics program.
  • Letter of acceptance from the host institution.
  • Successful completion of all coursework at the host institution during the first year including a minimum of 28 credit hours, a grade of “C” or better in all coursework, and a GPA of 2.5.

Physics - Pre-Engineering (3/2 Program)

First Year


Total: 3

Total: 3

Second Year


First Semester

  • Social Science Elective 3 cr. ♦
Total: 3

Second Semester

  • Social Science Elective 3 cr. ♦
Total: 3

Third Year

Total Required Hours: 113

Total Hours Host Institution: 24

Total Graduation Hours: 137

*Service Learning: Students will earn a total of 30 service learning hours after successful completion of FYS 101  & FYS 102 .

**Community Service: Students must contact the Center for Career and Professional Development for pre-approved community service project to earn a total of 90 hours of community service by the end of their junior year.

***Writing Proficiency Examination: Students must complete ENG 111  and ENG 112  with a minimum grade of ‘C’ to register for ENG 199 - Writing Proficiency Examination . Students who fail to take or do not pass ENG 199  must take ENG 200 - Review of Writing Strategies  (3 credit hours).