Physics/Engineering Dual Degree

Are you curious about physics and aiming for a career as an engineer? Do you value enhancing your engineering training with knowledge in the fundamental science upon which engineering is built? If so, then Truman’s Physics/Engineering Dual Degree program may be right for you. With the dual degree program you will earn a Bachelor of Arts in Physics from Truman and an Engineering degree from another university like Mizzou, S&T, Iowa, Iowa State, etc. We have, for example, an arrangement with Washington University at St Louis. Typically, the program takes five years to complete – three years at Truman and two at the engineering school.

How It Works

Truman’s Bachelor of Arts in Physics is a rigorous program providing a strong liberal arts core, a solid foundation in physics, and a personalized 15-hour learning plan consisting of individually tailored courses that prepare you for your next step. The physics portion of the BA includes nine hours of physics electives. Students in the dual degree program transfer their Truman coursework to the engineering school, and they transfer back to Truman some of their engineering courses to fulfill any or all of the required physics electives and the learning plan in the physics BA degree. At the end of the program students earn degrees from both institutions.

Like most universities, Truman has a residency requirement stating that students must complete their last 28 credit hours at Truman. This requirement is waived for dual degree students.

Students interested in the Physics/Engineering Dual Degree program should review their plans with any Truman Physics faculty member, and will eventually need to fill out two special forms: the Learning Plan form and the Engineering Substitution form.


You are never locked in. If you change your mind in the first year, it is easy to switch to another major (even non-science) at Truman. If you lose interest in engineering, even as late as your third year, you can decide to stay at Truman and graduate in four years with a physics degree. Likewise, if you start at Truman as a physics major, you can change into the dual degree program at any point along the way.

Intellectual Breadth – And Marketability

Your liberal arts and sciences background from Truman gives you the skills to succeed in the workforce and the intellectual breadth needed for a leadership role in industry. The Physics BA gives you an advanced physics background that augments your engineering studies. Your engineering degree provides the depth and focus of an engineering discipline and the expertise to be a professional in a technical world. The interconnectedness of the two degrees makes them valuable and appealing to employers.