3-2 and 4-2 Engineering Physics
In this program, students complete the requirements for a bachelors degree in physics at Fordham followed by a bachelor’s or master’s degree in engineering at either Columbia University or Case Western Reserve University. Students who enter this program may choose to major in either chemistry or physics. Chemistry majors would then go on to obtain a degree in chemical engineering. Physics majors generally select from applied physics, civil engineering, electrical engineering, industrial engineering or mechanical engineering.
The program consists of three years at Fordham and two years at the engineering school. Students who wish to enter the program should have completed a minimum mathematics level of pre-calculus before entering Fordham, since Calculus 1 and Calculus 2 must be taken in the freshman year. By the end of the junior year at Fordham, the student must have completed all of the major requirements. The cooperative program is very intensive, and it will be necessary for the student to take certain required courses during the summer or at the engineering school. Both degrees (bachelor of science in physics and engineering) are awarded at the end of the five-year period. The department of physics has designed three-year schedules of study. To retain membership in the cooperative engineering program at Fordham and to permit admission to the engineering college, the student must maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade point average and a 3.0 grade point average in mathematics and science courses. Guaranteed admission to Columbia has among its requirements a 3.3 cumulative grade point average as well as a minimum grade of ''B'' in each pre-engineering requirement. Students without guaranteed admission may still apply.
At the beginning of the spring semester of the junior year, the student must submit to the program coordinator an application for admission to the engineering school. Official transcripts must also be forwarded at this time. While attending classes at th e engineering school, the student must maintain matriculation at Fordham. Students who choose to exit the program may remain at Fordham in their chosen major.
Occasionally a student chooses to apply for admission to the engineering school upon graduation fro m Fordham. Such applicants will be treated as graduate students and will most likely be excluded from any financial aid considerations at the engineering school.
During the Fordham College at Rose Hill freshman orientation, a special session is held for the 3 - 2 cooperative program in engineering. All students interested in the program are expected to attend this session.