2023-24 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
    Jun 16, 2024  
2023-24 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Physics leading to the 3+2 Engineering Program [PEN]


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This program in the Physics Department is designed for students wishing to continue in an engineering discipline. The student spends three years at Cortland taking all requirements for the degree in physics, then transfers to an engineering school for two years to complete the requirements for a degree in engineering. In order to complete the Cortland degree, the student must successfully transfer 30 credits of engineering coursework, for which there are no Cortland equivalents, from an approved school and program. Students should consult with their advisor on proper courses for specific engineering programs they may pursue. Students have transferred to such schools as SUNY College of Ceramics at Alfred,* Binghamton University, SUNY Buffalo, Clarkson University and SUNY Stony Brook.**

* For those interested in the program at SUNY College of Ceramics at Alfred the two physics electives should be PHY 531: Physical Chemistry I and 532: Physical Chemistry II.

** The program with SUNY Stony Brook stipulates that at least three courses be taken in a single department or area, constituting a sequence of courses developing a central theme, with the condition that at least two of these be at the 200 level or above.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Apply the core principles of physics, including principles from: classical mechanics, electromagnetic theory, thermodynamics, optics, electronics, quantum mechanics, and special relativity.
  2. Use mathematical techniques from calculus, differential equations, and applied mathematical methods.
  3. Conduct experimental work in a laboratory setting, including: designing experiments, setting up experimental devices, collecting data, analyzing data with appropriate statistical methods, and comparison of data and theory.
  4. Effectively communicate scientific information in written formats using appropriate writing styles for the sciences.
  5. Effectively communicate scientific information in oral presentations.
  6. Design and create computer programs capable of performing data analysis and numerical computations related to physics.                                  

A. Required Courses in Physics: 39 credit hours


C. Transfer courses approved by Cortland: 30 credit hours


Total Credit Hours Required for Graduation: 125


Example of Physics leading to the 3+2 Engineering Program [PEN] over three years


General Education (General Education  ); World Language Requirement  

First Year Fall


Total credit hours for semester 14


Total credit hours for semester 18


Second Year Fall


Total credit hours for semester 17


Total credit hours for semester 15


Third Year Fall


Total credit hours for semester 15


Third Year Spring


Total credit hours for semester 16


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