Physics & Dual-Degree Engineering
Chair & Associate Professor: Dr. Willie S. Rockward
Office: Dansby Hall, Room 114
The Department of Physics offers a spectrum of courses reflective of both the integral character of physics in the liberal arts curriculum and its essential role in engineering and technology, and which recognize that the discipline of physics is fundamental to the understanding of all natural phenomena. The courses offered have been designed to:
- Assist students in satisfying the general education requirement;
- Support the preparation of students majoring in biology, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, and engineering; and
- Prepare students for graduate study in physics.
Although the Department has a multipurpose role in the curriculum of the College, the primary objective is to prepare students for graduate study and ultimately successful careers in physics. The Department recognizes and accepts its responsibility to address the underrepresentation of African-Americans in science and engineering. Historically, this has been and remains a foremost responsibility in our program.
The Department offers programs of study in physics, applied physics, and a dual degree engineering program. The majors in physics and applied physics lead to the bachelor of science degree in these disciplines and the dual degree engineering program leads to a bachelor of science degree in an engineering field and a bachelors degree from Morehouse in a field dependent on the choice made by the student. Although the focus of the physics and the applied physics programs is preparation for graduate study in these fields, these programs provide excellent preparation for engineering.
Since 1969, Morehouse College has offered students the option of studying engineering through cooperative agreements with engineering schools. The program originated with an agreement between the Atlanta University Center undergraduate institutions and Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech). In subsequent years other engineering schools have established formal agreements with Morehouse. Currently, the participating engineering schools are:
- Auburn University
- Clarkson University
- Columbia University
- Dartmouth College (Thayer School of Engineering)
- Georgia Institute of Technology (GA TECH)
- Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)
- Missouri University of Science & Technology
- North Carolina Agriculture & Technical State University
- Notre Dame University
- Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
- Rochester Institute of Technology
- University of Alabama – Huntsville
- University Michigan - Ann Arbor
- University of Southern California
The Engineering Program
Students in the program pursue either a general science curriculum or a major at Morehouse for three or more years and then study a field of engineering at one of the participating engineering schools for two years. Upon successful completion of all requirements at Morehouse and the engineering school, the student receives a degree from each institution. Therefore, the program is commonly referred to as the Dual-Degree Program in Engineering or the “3-2” Program in Engineering.
Under Option 1, the bachelor of science degree is awarded in general science from Morehouse, along with the bachelor of engineering from the engineering school upon successful completion of:
- All general studies requirements at Morehouse College
- All pre-engineering courses at Morehouse College
- The remaining engineering requirements at the engineering school
Under Option II, either the bachelor of science or bachelor of arts degree is awarded, along with the bachelor of engineering from the engineering school upon successful completion of all the requirements under Option I and:
- All requirements for a major at Morehouse College
Because of the special nature of the Dual Degree Program, the baccalaureate degree will not be conferred by either Morehouse College or the engineering school until all of the requirements established by both institutions have been satisfactorily completed.
A major in Physics may be recommended for Departmental Honors by completing the following requirements: eligibility for college honors, an average of "B" or above in all required physics courses, the successful completion of a faculty supervised research project; and the presentation of acceptable written and oral reports of the project results to the faculty.