Binary Engineering Program
Five-Year Dual Degree Program — B.A. Physics / B.S. Engineering
Binary Engineering is a five-year dual degree program between the Department of Physics at Duquesne University and the School of Engineering at either the University of Pittsburgh or Case Western Reserve University. The program leads to a Bachelor of Arts in Physics from Duquesne University and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from either Pitt or Case Western Reserve. The addition of a Bachelor of Arts enhances the marketability of a technical professional degree such as engineering. View the Binary Engineering Program curriculum.
The 3/2 Model
Years 1, 2, and 3 are spent at Duquesne University for a total of 100 credits, 25 of them in physics. At the end of year 3 students formally transfer to Pitt or Case Western, for years 4 and 5 of the program. Depending on the engineering major of choice, between 57 and 72 credits are transferable from the physics major to the engineering major, for a total of about 128. Most engineering majors can be completed in years 4 and 5 without the need to take summer classes. In all cases, close advisement and proper planning of the five years is required, which is accomplished under the simultaneous guidance of advisors from both Schools.
The Physics Major
Binary engineering students at Duquesne receive the attention that every student in the major enjoys. They are also entitled to every opportunity open to physics majors, such as student employment as tutors or lab assistants, and undergraduate research.
When binary engineering students transfer to Engineering School, they take with them a solid foundation of rigorous study habits and problem solving skills. They also carry with them a well-rounded perspective that makes them unique citizens in the technical environment of an engineering specialty. That is the hallmark of a liberal arts education.
Even if you change your mind about the physics degree soon enough, you may transfer directly from the freshman year at Duquesne into the sophomore year at Engineering school, because the freshman year is common to both majors. There is nothing to lose for the opportunity to experience learning of the highest quality in a liberal arts setting.
If your mind is set on engineering, but there is still room for physics in your heart, consider our Binary Engineering program. Chances are you’ll find it just right for you.