Major in Dual-Degree Engineering, Applied Physics
Bachelor of Science
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What is a dual-degree engineering B.S.?
Engineering is the study of theoretical principles of physics applied in real-world applications. An understanding of applied physics and engineering is an essential part of any innovation in science and technology. A degree in engineering, paired with a bachelor’s in applied physics, makes the seemingly impossible possible. Take your first steps by contacting admissions or reading more about how to apply.
Why study engineering at Furman?
Our signature approach to the liberal arts and sciences means you’ll collaborate with professors who know your name, and you’ll receive one-on-one instruction to learn the basics. You’ll come away from the program with a stronger foundation than most engineering students in programs at larger institutions who don’t receive personalized attention in their introductory courses. Plan a visit to Furman’s beautiful campus or start your application today.
How will you learn?
You’ll see theoretical concepts play out in a practical, hands-on environment. Because our department does not have graduate students, our faculty relies on undergraduates, including first-year students, to initiate and conduct laboratory research. After three years at Furman, you’ll transfer to one of our partner schools, Clemson or Georgia Tech, to study engineering. When you complete the program in an additional two to three years, you will earn a Bachelor of Science in applied physics from Furman and a Bachelor of Science in engineering from our partner school. Another option is to earn a Bachelor of Science in physics by taking three additional physics courses, which will complement your engineering degree.
Careers for dual-degree engineering majors
While many physics graduates go on to careers in the engineering field, a background in engineering can prepare you for a wide variety of careers such as:
- Artificial intelligence assurance and operations specialist
- Business technology analyst
- Chemical engineer
- Civil engineer
- Computer-aided design and drafting (CADD) technician
- Data scientist
- Design engineer
- Digital pathology image analyst
- Logistics manager
- Electrical engineer
- Engineer, space vehicle systems simulation for aerospace company
- Financial advisor
- High school science teacher
- IT consultant
- Mechanical engineer
- Project consultant
- Project coordinator for global project management and process integration firm
- Project manager
- Sales engineer physicist for environmental and energy management company
- Software engineer
- Technical consultant
- University professor
Dual-degree engineering courses
General Physics I
What our students say
“The department of physics and its faculty and staff gave me the chance to thrive through their unrelentless support and nurturing both at a personal and academic level.” – Brooks Musangu ’17, B.S., physics and computer science; ’19 M.A., nuclear physics, Vanderbilt University; ’21, Ph.D., nuclear physics, Vanderbilt University
Your academic advisor will help you explore your passions, define your interests and achieve your goals. You’ll tap into a widespread network of community and alumni mentors to help you on your individual educational path – and to the opportunities at the end of it. Furman’s dual-degree engineering faculty represent decades of study and real-world expertise.
At Furman, you will develop a stronger foundation than engineering students in other programs who didn’t receive the same personalized attention in their introductory courses. This combination of a liberal arts and sciences degree and an engineering degree will shape you into the kind of job candidate in demand at any firm. You’ll build the skills of a seasoned engineer and sharpen your ability to think creatively through Furman’s approach to education.
Many graduates go on to vocations within the engineering discipline, such as mechanical, chemical, civil or electrical engineering. However, a background in engineering can prepare you for a number of other occupations such as artificial intelligence assurance and operations specialist, business technology analyst, computer-aided design and drafting (CADD) technician, data scientist, design engineer, digital pathology image analyst, educator, logistics manager, space vehicle systems simulation for aerospace company, financial advisor and high school science teacher or college professor.
The median starting salary for an employee with a bachelor’s degree in engineering is $115,000 according to PayScale.com.
The dual-degree engineering program at Furman consists of three years at Furman and two to three years at one of our affiliated schools.