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Binary Engineering Program

Binary Engineering is a five-year dual degree program between the Department of Physics at Duquesne University and the School of Engineering at either the University of Pittsburgh or Case Western Reserve University. The program leads to a Bachelor of Arts in Physics from Duquesne University and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from either Pitt or Case Western Reserve. 

The 3/2 Model

Years 1, 2 and 3 are spent at Duquesne University for a minimum of 100 credits, 25 of them in physics. At the end of year 3 students formally transfer to Pitt or Case Western, for years 4 and 5 of the program. Depending on the engineering major of choice, between 74 and 86 credits are transferable from the Physics major to the Engineering major. Most engineering majors can be completed in years 4 and 5 without the need to take summer classes. In all cases, close advisement and proper planning of the five years is required, which is accomplished under the simultaneous guidance of advisors from both Schools. At the completion of the requirements for the engineering degree, 20 credits transfer back to Duquesne in order to complete the physics degree.

The Physics Major

Binary engineering students at Duquesne receive the attention that every student in the major enjoys. They are also entitled to every opportunity open to Physics majors, such as student employment as tutors or lab assistants, and undergraduate research.

The Advantage

When binary engineering students transfer to Engineering School, they take with them a solid foundation of rigorous study habits and problem solving skills. They also carry with them a unique perspective to approach engineering problems where physics is involved. The physics degree enhances the marketability of the engineering degree by combining it with hard skills that are very rare in the job market.

Zero Risk

Even if you change your mind about the Physics degree soon enough, if you qualify for admission, you may transfer directly from the freshman year at Duquesne into the sophomore year at Engineering school, because the freshman year is common to both. There is nothing to lose for the opportunity to experience learning of the highest quality in a liberal arts setting.

If your mind is set on engineering, but there is still room for physics in your heart, ask us about our Binary Engineering program. Chances are you'll find it just right for you.

View the Binary Engineering Program Curriculum.