Department Information

Chair:
Brice Smith
Bowers Hall, Room 342
Phone: 607-753-2821
Fax: 607-753-4973

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Program Details

Physics leading to the 3+2 Engineering Program [PEN] (Major)

This concentration in the Physics Department is designed for those students wishing to continue in an engineering discipline. The student spends three years at Cortland taking all requirements for the degree in physics, then transfers to an engineering school for two years to complete the requirements for a degree in engineering. Students have transferred to such schools as SUNY College of Ceramics at Alfred,* Binghamton University, SUNY Buffalo, Clarkson University and SUNY Stony Brook.**

* For those interested in the program at SUNY College of Ceramics at Alfred the two physics electives should be PHY 531: Physical Chemistry I and 532: Physical Chemistry II.

** The program with SUNY Stony Brook stipulates that at least three courses be taken in a single department or area, constituting a sequence of courses developing a central theme, with the condition that at least two of these be at the 200 level or above.

Career Potential

  • Graduate work in engineering
  • Technical specialist
  • Professional engineer
  • Construction industry

A. Required Courses in Physics: 36 credit hours
  • PHY 186 - Introductory Programming (3 cr. hr.)
  • PHY 201 - Principles of Physics I (4 cr. hr.)
  • PHY 202 - Principles of Physics II (4 cr. hr.)
  • PHY 203 - Principles of Physics III (3 cr. hr.)
  • PHY 410 - Modern Physics (3 cr. hr.)
  • PHY 420 - Classical Mechanics (3 cr. hr.)
  • PHY 422 - Applied Mechanics (3 cr. hr.)
  • PHY 440 - Electronics (3 cr. hr.)
  • PHY 450 - Electricity and Magnetism (4 cr. hr.)
B. Required Related Courses: 26 credit hours
  • CHE 221 - General Chemistry I (4 cr. hr.)
  • CHE 222 - General Chemistry II (4 cr. hr.)
  • MAT 135 - Calculus I (4 cr. hr.)
  • MAT 236 - Calculus II (4 cr. hr.)
  • MAT 237 - Calculus III (4 cr. hr.)
  • MAT 425 - Methods of Applied Mathematics (3 cr. hr.)
  • MAT 430 - Differential Equations (3 cr. hr.)
C. Transfer courses approved by Cortland: Typically 30 credit hours
Total Credit Hours Required for Graduation: 124