The joint Bachelor of Science in Physics and Electrical Engineering is a Purdue University degree offered by the Department of Physics in the Purdue School of Science and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology.
Students earning a dual degree in physics and electrical engineering combine the research skills and fundamental knowledge of a physics major with the design and application skills of an electrical engineer.
The Bachelor of Science dual degree in physics and electrical engineering takes advantage of several overlapping requirements in the curriculum, allowing students to earn two degrees with only a few more courses than are required to earn a single degree in either field. By taking a few summer courses, students can complete both degrees in the typical four-year period.
Students earning these degrees will be extraordinarily well prepared for jobs in engineering, including research and development jobs. Engineers with a physics background are more flexible than those with only an engineering background—they understand more aspects of a problem, they contribute more broadly, and they can shift from one project to another with a shorter learning curve. Unsurprisingly, this provides great benefits in job security and career advancement.