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Dual-Degree Physics, Engineering B.S.

Program Overview

Degree Type

Bachelor of Science

Department Name

Physics

Department Chair Name

David Moffett

Department Assistant Name

Belinda Hilliard

What is a dual-degree engineering B.S.?

In a society built by engineers, on a planet governed by the forces of nature, engineering is the study of theoretical principles of physics applied in real-world applications. An understanding of applied physics and engineering is a critical part of any innovation in science and technology. 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 will work with professors who know your name, and get one-on-one instruction to learn the basics. You will have a stronger foundation than engineering students in other programs who don’t get 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 get to see theoretical concepts put into practice right away. 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 will 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.

Careers for dual-degree engineering majors

While many graduates go on to careers in the engineering field, a background in engineering can prepare you for a wide variety of specialties:

  • Mechanical engineering
  • IT consulting
  • Civil engineering
  • Chemical engineering
  • Electrical engineering
  • Logistics
  • Patent law
  • Technical consulting
  • Education

Dual-degree engineering courses: What will you study?

Kinetics, Thermodynamics and the Environment

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Classical Mechanics I

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24%
alumni with careers in engineering and technology
22%
alumni with careers in business management
21%
alumni who went on to graduate school

What our students say

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“Being a physics major was the best decision I made, hands down, and here's why: the physics department is the most supportive network I have made at Furman. The faculty has been there for me both academically and non-academically, and I will always remember and appreciate their support. " – Shelby Walcott ’20

Our faculty

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 physics faculty represents decades of study and real-world expertise.

  • William M. Baker
    Title:

    Professor of Physics

    William Baker

    William M. Baker
    Title:

    Professor of Physics

    Phone Number: 8642943519

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  • J. David Turner
    Title:

    Professor of Physics

    David Turner

    J. David Turner
    Title:

    Professor of Physics

    Phone Number: 8642943239

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  • David A. Moffett
    Title:

    Department Chair and Professor of Physics; Undergraduate Evening Studies Faculty

    David Moffet

    David A. Moffett
    Title:

    Department Chair and Professor of Physics; Undergraduate Evening Studies Faculty

    Phone Number: 8642942259

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  • Dake Wang
    Title:

    Professor of Physics

    Dake Wang

    Dake Wang
    Title:

    Professor of Physics

    Phone Number: 8642943644

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  • FAQ

    What can you do with an engineering degree?

    At Furman, you will develop a stronger foundation than engineering students in other programs who don’t receive the same personalized attention in their introductory courses. This combination of a liberal arts and sciences degree and an engineering degree will make you an ideal job candidate. You will have the skills of a seasoned engineer and the ability to think creatively, thanks to Furman’s holistic 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 working as a patent lawyer, an IT consultant, a logistics employer and an educator.

    What is the average salary for engineering majors?

    The median starting salaries for an employee with a bachelor’s degree in engineering range from $57,221 to $75,376, according to Michigan Tech College of Engineering.

    How long does it take to earn an engineering degree?

    The dual-degree engineering program at Furman normally consists of three years at Furman and two to three years at one of our affiliated schools.

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