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Program Director

Bruce White
Office: S2-258
Phone: (607) 777-2843
E-mail: bwhite@binghamton.edu

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Combined and Accelerated Degree Programs

3-2 Program in Physics and Engineering

The combined engineering program is an educational affiliation between Binghamton University and several engineering schools.

The 3-2 program enables a student to devote three years to the study of liberal arts and sciences at Binghamton before transferring to an engineering school for two years of engineering education.   The program leads to a BA in Physics from Binghamton and a bachelor’s degree from the engineering school. Preparation for almost any engineering career is available in at least one of the engineering schools. Arrangements have been made with SUNY at Buffalo College of Engineering, Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Rochester Institute of Technology College of Engineering, Clarkson University School of Engineering, SUNY at Stony Brook College of Engineering, University of Rochester College of Engineering and Applied Science, and Watson School at Binghamton. Arrangements with other engineering schools are possible and encouraged. 

 The completion of two sets of requirements in the short period of five years requires careful planning of courses even in the freshman year. By not taking certain crucial courses in the first year may make it difficult to undertake the program in the 3-2 pattern. Though entrance to any given engineering school cannot be guaranteed, our experience has been that careful planning and good academic performance on the part of the student are essential.

The student is strongly encouraged to make contact with the chosen engineering school as early as possible so that a careful selection of courses may be made.  Normally, students should take MATH 221 and 222, and PHYS 121 and 122, or PHYS 131 and 132, in the first year. The requirements for the BA in physics in the 3-2 combined engineering program are the same as for the normal BA in physics. These include PHYS 131 and 132 (or PHYS 121 and 122), PHYS 227, PHYS 323, PHYS 327, PHYS 331, PHYS 332, PHYS 341 and PHYS 421. In addition, the following mathematics courses are required: MATH 221, MATH 222, MATH 323, MATH 371 and MATH 471. It is expected that the student will also meet the Harpur College Distribution and other Harpur College requirements. Other elective courses that may be appropriate include CHEM 111, Engineering Graphics and Statics. Depending on the chosen engineering field and school, still other courses may have to be considered. 

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BS (Physics) and BS (Computer Science) Degree Five-Year Program

The department, in cooperation with the Department of Computer Science in Watson School, has established a five-year program leading to the BS in Physics and the BS in computer science. Graduates of this program are prepared to pursue careers or graduate studies in Physics or computer science. Due to the extensive depth of the program, interested students are urged to contact the undergraduate program director in the Physics Department before their initial registration.

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Combined BS in Physics with MS in Materials Science and Engineering

The department offers a 3-2 combined physics- materials program in which the students receive the BS in physics and the MS in Materials Science and Engineering. Please use the 'Quick Links' provided above (right) to learn more about the programs or application processes.

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Combined (3-2/Fast-Track) BA in Physics-Masters in Teaching or BS in Earth Science with Masters in Teaching

The special combined 3/2 BA/MAT (biology, chemistry, earth science and physics) and 3/2 BS (earth science only)/MAT programs accommodate the needs of a select group of Harpur College students who wish to efficiently combine an undergraduate science degree with a graduate level teacher certification program. Students should declare their interest in this degree as soon as possible to ensure proper undergraduate course selection. This combined program includes the entire current Harpur science BA (or BS) degree program and the current NYSED registered MAT (biology, chemistry, earth science, and physics programs). The combination results from the inclusion of 16 credits of graduate education coursework that are counted in the undergraduate degree requirements and GPA, and also considered in the awarding of the MAT (courses occur during the students’ fourth year of study). The combined program saves the student one semester of time relative to the separate, sequentially taken BA/BS and MAT degrees. Students may apply for the program early in their junior year.

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Last Updated: 5/14/12