Binary Engineering Program – Curriculum

The Binary Engineering program combines a bachelor of arts degree in physics from Duquesne University with a bachelor of science degree in an engineering major from a partner university. A minimum of 102 credits must be completed at Duquesne before transfer to the partner university.

Physics Degree Requirements
Basic physics sequence 15 Degree requirements 38
PHYS 211 General Analytical Physics 1 3 MATH 115 Calculus 1 4
PHYS 211L General Analytical Physics 1 lab 1 MATH 116 Calculus 2 4
PHYS 212 General Analytical Physics 2 3 MATH 215 Calculus 3 4
PHYS 212L General Analytical Physics 2 lab 1 MATH 310 Linear Algebra 3
PHYS 302 Optics 3 MATH 314 Differential Equations 3
PHYS 312 Optics lab 1 Elective math: numerical analysis or statistics 3
PHYS 374 Modern Physics 3 Programming: C++, Java or Python 3
Advanced physics requirements 17 CHEM 121 General Chemistry 1 4
Choose from: CHEM 121L General Chemistry 1 lab 1
PHYS 332 Electronics (3) CHEM 122 General Chemistry 2 4
PHYS 350 Math Methods in Science (3) CHEM 122L General Chemistry 2 lab 1
PHYS 401 Thermal Physics (3) ENLG 302W Science Writing 3
PHYS 404 Solid State Physics (3) PHYS 105 Career development 1
PHYS 405 Gravitational Astrophysics (3)
PHYS 461 Mechanics (4) University general education requirements 25
PHYS 464 Advanced Lab (2) See academic advisor
PHYS 470 Electricity and Magnetism (3)
PHYS 473 Electrodynamics (3)
PHYS 474 Quantum Mechanics (3)
PHYS 475 Advanced Quantum Mechanics (3)
PHYS 482W Particle Physics (3)
PHYS 485 Relativity (3)
PHYS 491 Introductory Materials Science 1 (3)
Any advanced physics in PCHE with departmental approval
Minimum credits required for graduation 120

Requirements for transfer

In order to be admitted into the second phase of the program at the participating engineering school, candidates must meet the following requirements:

  • At least 102 Duquesne credits, including:
    All required physics courses (32 credits)
    ENLG 302W Science Writing (3 credits)
    PHYS 105 Career development (1 credit)
    Chemistry (10 credits)
    Math and computer science (24 credits)
    University General Education (25 credits)
  • Minimum GPA, depending on engineering school and major as follows
    Pitt bioengineering: 3.50 GPA and 3.00 average in science and math courses
    Pitt all other majors: 3.00 GPA and 3.00 average in science and math courses
    CWRU all majors: 3.00 GPA and 3.00 average in science and math
  • Prerequisite engineering coursework as per articulation agreements, by cross-registration
  • Positive recommendation from the physics department chair
Course sequence

The courses indicated below must be taken in sequence because of prerequisite linkages. Courses not appearing in the sequence are flexible.

Semester 1
PHYS 211+211L General Analytical Physics 1 and lab
MATH 115 Calculus 1
Semester 2
PHYS 212+212L General Analytical Physics 2 and lab
MATH 116 Calculus 2
COSC 150/160/170 C++/ Java/Python
Semester 3
PHYS 301 Optics
PHYS 312 Optics lab
MATH 215 Calculus 3
MATH 310 Linear Algebra
Semester 4
PHYS 374 Modern Physics
PHYS 332 Electronics (recommended PHYS xxx)
MATH 314 Differential Equations
Semester 5
PHYS xxx
PHYS xxx
Semester 6
PHYS 464 Advanced Lab (recommended PHYS xxx)
PHYS xxx
PHYS xxx
PHYS 105 Career development