Physics/Engineering Program

The Department of Physics and Astronomy administers a cooperative program in engineering.

Two options are available: an informal Two-Two Plan and a formal Three-Two Dual Degree Plan. Students interested in the Dual Degree Plan must consult with the chair of the department before registration.

Two-Two Plan:

In the Two-Two Plan, a student spends the first two years at Drake pursuing a program of basic studies, which parallels the standard preparation for engineering study. Successful completion of the basic studies program qualifies a student for admission as a third-year student at most of the engineering colleges in the United States.


Three-Two Dual Degree Program:

In the Three-Two Dual Degree Program, a student completes three years at Drake pursuing a program that combines preparation for engineering study with the basic requirements for a degree from Drake University. Although most students will major in physics, any major compatible with the student’s intended field of study in engineering is possible, e.g. a chemistry major for study in chemical engineering, a computer science major for study in computer engineering.

Successful completion of this program qualifies a student for admission to the Seaver Institute of Technology at Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri, for a two-year professional engineering program. The first year of professional study applies toward completion of the Drake degree. Upon successful completion of the program, the student is awarded both a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree from Drake University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in an area of engineering from Washington University

Students are eligible for financial aid at both institutions.

The curriculum for the first two years is typically:

First Year Credit hours:

MATHEMATICS 050 and 070: Analytic Geometry and Calculus I and II, 8 credit hrs.
PHYSICS 001: Introductory Physics I, 4 credit hrs.
PHYSICS 005: Introductory Topics in Physics, 4 credit hrs.
COMPUTER SCIENCE 065: Introduction to Computer Science I, 3 credit hrs.
ELECTIVES: Social Science or Humanities, 15 credit hrs.

TOTAL: 34 credit hours

Second Year:

MATHEMATICS 080: Linear Algebra, 3 credit hrs.
MATHEMATICS 100: Analytic Geometry and Calculus III, 4 credit hrs.
PHYSICS 002: Introductory Physics II, 4 credit hrs.
PHYSICS 050: Modern Physics, 4 credit hrs.
PHYSICS 059: Advanced Laboratory I, 2 credit hrs.
PHYSICS 061: Error Theory, 1 credit hr.
PHYSICS 191: Physics Seminar I, 1 credit hr.
CHEMISTRY 001 and 002: General Chemistry I and II with labs, 8 credit hrs.
ELECTIVES: Social Science or Humanities, 6 credit hrs.

TOTAL: 32 credit hours


ArtSci News
April 15, 2014
On Wednesday, April 16, Drake University will host a special program for language immersion students from Merrill Middle School to celebrate Pan American Day. The students will participate in Drake Spanish courses in the morning and have the opportunity to celebrate Pan American dance and music at a performance by Drake students in Olmsted Center in the afternoon.
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