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3/2 Dual-Degree Program in Engineering Sample Schedule

Below is a sample program of study that a student (majoring in physics) and wishing to pursue the Carthage 3/2 Dual-Degree Program in Engineering might expect to take over a three-year period at Carthage College.

This is a sample schedule only: an individual student’s selections will vary, based on high-school background, interests, and goals. Every student works closely with a faculty advisor in selecting his or her courses. In most cases, Electives are to be chosen from courses in the Humanities, Fine Arts, and Social Sciences Divisions, in order to meet distribution requirements for graduation.

Most 3000-level or higher Physics Electives are offered in alternate years; this means a student can expect to take any such course either as a junior or senior. Please consult the College Catalog or contact the department chair for details.

Freshman Year

Fall Term

CHM 1020 & 1020L General Chemistry + Lab, or PHY 1200 & 1200L Fundamental Physics + Lab
MTH 1120 and 1120L Calculus I + Lab
COR 1100 Western Heritage I
Modern Language course, or Elective

January Term

REL 1000 Understandings of Religion, or Elective

Spring Term

PHY 2200 General Physics I (includes Lab)
MTH 1220 and 1220L Calculus II + Lab
COR 1110 Western Heritage II
Modern Language course, or Elective

Sophomore Year

Fall Term

PHY 2210 General Physics II (includes Lab)
MTH 2020 Differential Equations
CSC 1110 Principles of Computer Science I
Second Religion course, or Elective
EXS 0010 Concepts of Physical Fitness (1 credit)

January Term

(Optional) Elective

Spring Term

PHY 2300 and 2300L Modern Physics + Lab
PHY 2470 Mathematics for Scientists and Engineers, or MTH 2120 Multivariate Calculus
MTH 2040 Linear Algebra, or Elective
EXS Physical Fitness activity (1 credit)

Summer Term

(Optional - competitive) SURE Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (on-campus research)

Junior Year

Fall Term

PHY 3200 Mechanics, or PHY 3300 Thermodynamics
PHY 3120 Electronics
Writing Intensive (WI) Elective

January Term

Carthage Symposium (CS) team-taught course, or Elective

Spring Term

PHY 4200 Quantum Mechanics, or PHY 4300 Electricity & Magnetism
PHY 400T Topics in Physics (Biophysics, Nuclear Physics, Fluids)
MTH 3050 Theory of Statistics, or Elective
Global Heritage (GH) Elective, or Elective

Summer Term

(Optional - competitive) NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)

Senior Year (if staying for more than 3 years in Dual-Degree Program)

Fall Term

PHY 3200 Mechanics, or PHY 3300 Thermodynamics
PHY 3100 Optics, or PHY 4100 Astrophysics, or PHY 4900 Independent Research
PHY 4000 Senior Thesis Seminar (1 credit)
2 Electives

January Term

PHY 4110 Observational Astrophysics, or PHY 4120 Experimental Physics (Writing Intensive - WI)

Spring Term

PHY 4200 Quantum Mechanics, or PHY 4300 Electricity & Magnetism
PHY 3120 Electronics, or PHY 400T Topics in Physics (Biophysics, Nuclear Physics, Fluids)
PHY 4010 Senior Thesis Research (1 credit)
PHY 4990 Senior Thesis Completion (required, but 0 credit)

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