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Dual Degree Course Outline

The competitive Dual Degree Engineering Program involves three years of study at Tulane University (with a GPA of 3.5 or higher and very strong grades in math, science, and engineering coursework) followed by two years of study at a partner institution. Current partners include Vanderbilt University and Johns Hopkins University. After successful completion of the five years of study, the student will receive a B.S. degree in physics from Tulane University and a B.E. or B.S. degree in electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, civil engineering, or environmental engineering from the partner institution (the environmental engineering option is available only through Johns Hopkins). This unique combination of study on two different campuses provides the student with excellent science and engineering training.

The Tulane part of the Dual Degree curriculum consists of the following requirements:


  • MATH: four courses including MATH 2210 (Calculus III) and MATH 2240/4240 (Introduction to Applied Mathematics or Ordinary Differential Equations) (13 credits minimum)
  • CHEM 1070, 1075, 1080, 1085: General Chemistry with lab (8 credits)
  • Programming requirement: Normally COSC 3000/6000: "C++ Programming for Scientists and Engineers" or ENGP/PHYS 3170 (Computational Physics and Engineering) (3 credits)
  • PHYS 1310, 1320: General Physics with lab (8 credits)
  • PHYS 2350, 2360: Modern Physics I and II (6 credits)
  • ENGP/PHYS 3530: Advanced Laboratory (3 credits)
  • PHYS 3800: Seminar (1 credit)
  • PHYS: two additional courses chosen from classical topics (PHYS 3630, 3740, 4230, 4650, 3010, 6010, 6020) (6 credits)
  • PHYS: two additional courses at the 2000 level or higher, for students entering Tulane in Fall 2012 or later (6 credits)
  • A minimum of four science/engineering electives (at least 12 credits): The selection of electives requires approval by the undergraduate advisor in physics (Prof. Wayne Reed). Students will be informed of specific electives that are considered necessary or desirable for the second degree they intend to pursue at the partner institution. Normally, electives will be chosen from among...
    • Physics, chemistry, or mathematics courses at the 2000 level or higher. Depending on student interest, particularly appropriate courses may include PHYS 3210 (Molecular Biophysics), PHYS 4470 (Quantum Mechanics), MATH 3090 (Linear Algebra), MATH 3310 (Scientific Computing).
    • The following list of engineering courses
      • ENGP 1410: Statics
      • ENGP 2010: Electric Circuits
      • ENGP 2020: Computational Concepts and Applications
      • ENGP 2310: Product and Experimental Design
      • ENGP 2420: Engineering Dynamics
      • ENGP 2430: Mechanics of Materials
      • ENGP 3120: Materials Science and Engineering
      • ENGP/PHYS 3230: Quantum Information Science and Engineering
      • ENGP/PHYS 3600: Nanoscience and Technology
      • ENGP/PHYS 3700: Electronic Properties of Materials
      • ENGP 3910/3911: Special Topics
      • CENG 2110: Material and Energy Balances
      • CENG 2120: Thermodynamics I
      • CENG 2320: Transport Phenomena I
      • CENG 2500: Introduction to Biotechnology and Biomolecular Engineering
      • BMEN 2730: Biomedical Electronics with Lab
      • BMEN 3230: Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering
      • BMEN 3300: Biomechanics
      • BMEN 3400: Biofluid Dynamics
      • BMEN 3780: Projects in Embedded Control
  • Total: 60 credits minimum in major (66 for students matriculating at Tulane in Fall 2012 or later)

    The student is responsible for completion of all Tulane University and School of Science and Engineering requirements at Tulane, including the Cultural Knowledge requirement, the writing requirement, and the two-part public service requirement. The one exception is the Tulane capstone requirement, which is fulfilled at the partner institution, through a senior design experience in the 5th year of study. The student will need to work closely with Prof. Wayne Reed (the physics undergraduate advisor), the advisor from the partner institution, and Tulane’s advising office, to make sure that his or her three-year program satisfies both Tulane’s requirements and the requirements of the partner school.

School of Science and Engineering, 201 Lindy Boggs Center, New Orleans, LA 70118 504-865-5764 sse@tulane.edu