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B.A. in Physics / B.S. in Engineering

Requirements for the Binary Engineering Program

Students pursuing the Binary Engineering Program must complete at least 100 credits, which include:

  • 28 University Core credits
  • 13 BSNES Core credits
  • 34 Science, Computer Science, and Math credits
  • 15 Basic Physics credits: PHYS 211, 212, 302, 312, and 374
  • 10 Intermediate and Advanced Physics Elective credits (any 300 level or above)

To graduate, a student must complete the B.S. degree in engineering at Case Western Reserve University or the University of Pittsburgh.

Download the Curriculum and Course Sequence.

Physics Course Descriptions.


University Core Requirements - 28 credits

Course # Course Name Credits
UCOR 101 Thinking and Writing Across the Curriculum 3
UCOR 102 Imaginative Literature and Critical Writing 3
UCOR 132 Basic Philosophical Questions 3
UCOR 14X Theology 3
COSC 030 Research/Info Skills 1
Course in Ethics 3
Course in Creative Arts 3
Course in Faith and Reason 3
Course in Global Diversity 3
Course in Social Justice 3

BSNES Core Requirements - 13 credits

Course # Course Name Credits
ENGL 302W Science Writing 3
HIST 307 History of Science 3
SPRG 105 Career Development Seminar 1
General Elective Credits 6
Math Credits (10) embedded

This core curriculum will apply to all incoming freshmen beginning with the Fall 2006 semester.


Science, Computer Science, and Math – 34 credits

Course # Course Name Credits
CHEM 121 General Chemistry I 4
CHEM 121L General Chemistry I Lab 1
CHEM 122 General Chemistry II 4
CHEM 122L General Chemistry II Lab 1
MATH 115 Calculus I 4
MATH 116 Calculus II 4
MATH 210 Matrix Algebra 3
MATH 215 Calculus III 4
MATH 314 Differential Equations 3
MATH 30x Applied math elective (301 or 308) 3
COSC 160/
COSC 150
Scientific Programming: Java/C++ 3

Basic Physics Core – 15 credits

Course # Course Name Credits
PHYS 211/211L General Analytical Physics I and Lab 4
PHYS 212/212L General Analytical Physics II and Lab 4
PHYS 302 Optics 3
PHYS 312 Optics Lab 1
PHYS 374 Modern Physics 3