Physics/Engineering 3+2 Cooperative Degree

This major allows you to pursue a physics major while at Otterbein and complete an engineering degree at a cooperating institution.

This program gives you the opportunity to study at Otterbein for three years and then pursue engineering for two more years at either Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio or Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri (your choice). At the end of five years, you will earn a B.A. in physics from Otterbein and a B.S. in the selected field of engineering from the partner school. In order to receive the Otterbein degree, the student must submit an official transcript from Case or Washington showing completion of the engineering degree. Hours will be transferred to the Otterbein transcript record in order to fulfill total hours needed for the Otterbein degree.

Students in this program are liberally educated engineers, benefiting from both the focus on the liberal arts and sciences at Otterbein and the specialized training available at a large university. In many ways it is the best of both worlds. An advantage of this program over traditional engineering programs is that you need not commit yourself to the study of engineering in the freshman year. This flexibility is especially useful for students whose interests may span several areas; it allows you to explore multiple options before committing to a specific course of study.

The program is rigorous, and to complete it in five years, you must qualify to take Calculus I (MATH 1700) in Fall semester of your freshman year. Interested students are strongly advised to contact the department before the start of their freshman year to make sure they are on track for the program.

Requirements are identical to that of a Physics BA, although students are advised to take introductory Chemistry in addition to their required courses.

Example Course Schedule for Physics 3+2 Cooperative Engineering

Based on the 2018-2019 catalog

Note: most courses are offered every other year, so schedules will change depending on whether you start in an even or an odd year.

When starting in Fall of an Even year:

Year Fall Semester Spring Semester
First FYS – 3 hrs
MATH 1700 – 4 hrs
PHYS 1500 – 5 hrs
ENGR 1000 (with lab)
RECOMMENDED! – 4 hrs
Total Hours: 16
INST 1500 – 3 hrs
MATH 1800 – 4 hrs
PHYS 1600 – 5 hrs
ENGR 1010 (with lab)
RECOMMENDED! – 4 hrs
Total Hours: 16
Sophomore INST 2000 – 3 hrs
MATH 2700 – 4 hrs
PHYS 2200 – 3 hrs
PHYS 3000 – 3 hrs
Total Hours: 15
INST 2200 – 3 hrs
PHYS 4000 – 3 hrs
PHYS 3700 – 3 hrs
Total Hours: 15
Junior INST 2400 – 3 hrs
PHYS 3100 – 3 hrs
PHYS Elective? – (3) hrs
Total Hours: 15
INST 2600 – 3 hrs
PHYS 2500 – 3 hrs
PHYS Elective? – (3) hrs
Total Hours: 15
Senior AT PARTNER INSTITUTION

Total Hours: 15

AT PARTNER INSTITUTION

Total Hours: 15

When starting in Fall of an Odd year:

Year Fall Semester Spring Semester
First FYS – 3 hrs
MATH 1700 – 4 hrs
PHYS 1500 – 5 hrs
ENGR 1000 (with lab)
RECOMMENDED! – 4 hrs
Total Hours: 16
INST 1500 – 3 hrs
MATH 1800 – 4 hrs
PHYS 1500 – 5 hrs
ENGR 1010 (with lab)
RECOMMENDED! – 4 hrs
Total Hours: 16
Sophomore INST 2000 – 3 hrs
MATH 2700 – 4 hrs
PHYS 2200 – 3 hrs
PHYS 3100 – 3 hrs
Total Hours: 15
INST 2200 – 3 hrs
PHYS 2500 – 3 hrs
PHYS Elective? – (3) hrs
Total Hours: 15
Junior INST 2400 – 3 hrs
PHYS 3000 – 3 hrs
PHYS 3500 – 3 hrs
Total Hours: 15
INST 2600 – 3 hrs
PHYS 4000 – 3 hrs
PHYS Elective? – (3) hrs
Total Hours: 15
Senior AT PARTNER INSTITUTION

Total Hours: 15

AT PARTNER INSTITUTION

Total Hours: 15

Total number of hours should equal 120

Notes while creating plans:

  1. INST classes are placeholders. They can be moved around within the 4 years. We just ask that
    students are paced at one INST per term (FYS is considered an INST Class). We know some majors
    might have a term with the need for 2 (Student Teaching, internships, etc) and that is okay on a
    limited basis. Also, INST 3000 can only be taken after 4 of the 5 thread classes are complete.
  2. Skills courses are also placeholders and can be moved (or noted if a major requirement also fulfills a
    skills course).
  3. The number of elective course in the grid should reflect how many credit hours are needed to reach
    120 once all major and general education courses have been completed.