Mathematics, Physics & Computer Studies Department
The Engineering dual degree program at NDMU offers a challenging opportunity to go beyond the typical engineering degree. It provides both a well-rounded general education with a focus on critical thinking, and a path to earning a high demand degree from a premier engineering school. This rigorous program is designed to develop advanced knowledge in the sciences in addition to versatile skills that are sure to stand out to future employers.
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Features of the Dual Degree Engineering Program

  • Problem-Solving – tackling challenging problems and delivering solutions develop transferable skills for in-demand careers in engineering
  • Professional Development – opportunities to build your resume through internships and research
  • Established Partnerships – articulation agreements with three premier engineering schools provide a clear path for transfer of credits
  • Support – dedicated program coordinator to help you select the program(s) best suited to achieving your goals
Five-Year Plan

Sample program of study for the dual-degree physics/engineering major. Students should select courses with the assistance of a faculty advisor.

See course descriptions for a list of required courses and description of course and program options.

Fall Spring
First Year
PHY-101 General Physics I + Lab 4 PHY-102 General Physics II + Lab 4
MAT-211 Calculus I + Lab 4 MAT-212 Calculus II + Lab 4
General Education/Elective 3 MAT-243 Linear Algebra 3
ENG-101 College Writing 3 CST-171 Programming Concepts 3
NDMU-100 Perspectives in Education 4 General Education/Program Elective 3
[18 credits]   [17 credits]  
Second Year
PHY-201 Modern Physics 3 PH 316L Classical Mechanics* 3
General Education/Elective 3 MAT-315 Differential Equations or elective 3
MAT-213 Calculus III 3 MAT-214 Calculus of Vector Fields 3
CHM-110 General Chemistry I 4 General Education 8
ECO-212 Principles of Microeconomics 3 [18 credits]  
[17 credits]      
Third Year
PH 314 Quantum Mechanics I* 3 Program Elective* 3
PH 315 Electricity and Magnetism 3 General Chemistry II 3
General Education/Program Electives 12 General Education/Program Electives 9
[18 credits]   Inv in Physics 1 - 3
    [17 - 19 credits]  
Fourth and Fifth Year: Engineering School
Courses to be determined by program and school chosen


  • Students interested in specific engineering fields should consult with program coordinator for course suggestions when choosing physics, mathematics, computer science or engineering courses at the 300/400-level.
  • Courses with a designation of "L" are taught at Loyola. Notre Dame students take the courses through the cooperative program. For more information, contact the program coordinator.
  • Winterim sessions should be reserved for general education courses or possibly an internship.
  • See individual program sections for course descriptions.

Dual Degree Options

Through articulation agreements with premier engineering programs, we offer a pathway to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree from NDMU in 3-4 years followed by a BS in Engineering in 2-3 years from a premier engineering school.

Eligible BA Programs at NDMU

The Dual Degree Engineering program includes opportunities for chemistrycomputer information systemsmathematics, and physics majors. Contact the program coordinator to discuss your interests and goals to determine the most appropriate program for you.

Participating Engineering Schools

G.W.C. Whiting School of Engineering at The Johns Hopkins University
Programs: Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering; Civil Engineering; Computer Engineering; Electrical Engineering; Environmental Engineering; Materials Science & Engineering; Engineering Mechanics; Mechanical Engineering

Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science at Columbia University
Programs: Applied Mathematics or Physics; Biomedical Engineering; Chemical Engineering; Civil Engineering; Computer Engineering; Computer Science; Earth and Environmental Engineering; Electrical Engineering; Engineering Mechanics; IEOR: Industrial Engineering, Management Systems, or Operations Research; Materials Science and Engineering; Mechanical Engineering

McKelvey School of Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis
Programs: Biomedical Engineering; Chemical Engineering; Computer Science or Engineering; Electrical Engineering; Mechanical Engineering; Systems Science and Engineering

Note: Admission to engineering schools is competitive and is not guaranteed.

Dual Degree Examples

Engineering programs that can pair with NDMU majors include:

  • Chemistry and Chemical or Materials Science & Engineering
  • Chemistry or Physics and Biomedical Engineering (Columbia and Washington University in St. Louis only)
  • Physics and Mechanical, Civil, Electrical, or Environmental Engineering


Once the Bachelor of Science degree is successfully completed for the engineering program, your Bachelor of Arts degree from NDMU will also be awarded.


One of the hallmarks of the rich educational environment at NDMU is the opportunity to participate in research in your field of interest. Our annual Nancy Kreiter Student Research Day provides the perfect forum to showcase your hard work with a formal research presentation to the NDMU community.

Engineering Careers

Graduates of the dual degree engineering program at NDMU have secured positions at organizations such as:

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