At John Carroll, you will get an excellent scientific and technical education in a liberal arts environment that will prepare you for almost any career path. Our programs provide the solid foundation knowledge of science and mathematics needed for a career in science or engineering but, just as importantly, you will also learn how solve problems using fundamental principles.

The Physics Department curriculum at JCU is built around a common core of foundational science and mathematics courses with a selection of upper division electives that gives you the flexibility to design a degree fitting for many career goals. Below, we outline the different degrees offered by the department, along with sample semester-by-semester course plans. Refer to the Undergraduate Bulletin page 352 for more detailed information on physics and engineering classes offered and the requirements for the B.S. and B.A. degrees.

B.A. Physics Major

This major provides students with a comprehensive introduction to the discipline and the opportunity to explore some areas of physics in greater depth.  It is appropriate for students preparing for secondary school teaching and fits well with an environmental studies concentration, preparation for law, business school, as well as with the 3-2 Dual Degree Engineering program (see Engineering below).

Sample 4-year plan for the Physics B.A.

B.S. Physics Major

This major requires an in-depth study of the core areas of physics and a selection of upper-division courses such as thermal physics, atomic and molecular physics, condensed matter physics, or other engineering electives.  This program provides a solid preparation for graduate study in physics, materials science, or medical physics. This major combines well with a minor or double-major with Mathematics.

Sample 4-year plan for the 4-year Physics B.S.

Sample 4-year plan for the 4-year Physics B.S. + Minor in Mathematics

B.S. Engineering Physics Major

This major requires an in-depth study of the core areas of physics and a selection of engineering physics courses.  Typically, this program leads to employment in the fields of engineering development or applied physics, or to graduate study in engineering and related fields.

Sample 4-year plan for the 4-year Engineering Physics B.S.

B.S. Interdisciplinary Physics Major

This major requires an in-depth study of the core areas of physics and a selection of courses from the departments of biology, chemistry, psychology, and mathematics & computer science, or from the Boler School of Business.  This is the best choice for students interested in pursuing medical school (M.D. degree) or the five-year M.B.A. program of the Boler School of Business.  In addition, this program can be arranged to prepare for environmental science, technical sales, or patent law. This major combines well with a double major in Chemistry.

Sample 4-year plan for the 5-year Interdisciplinary Physics B.S. / M.B.A

Sample 4-year plan for the Interdisciplinary Physics B.S. (pre-medical track)

Engineering

Students interested in engineering can participate in the 3-2 Dual Degree Engineering Program with Case Western Reserve University (CWRU).  Students attend John Carroll University for three years and then transfer to CWRU for two years; they receive both a bachelor’s degree (B.S. or B.A.) from John Carroll University and a B.S. in Engineering from CWRU. Available programs include Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, Macromolecular Science & Engineering, Materials Science & Engineering, and Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering.  The program is open to any student who completes the prerequisite courses (in mathematics, physics, chemistry, and computer science) and maintains an overall 3.0 GPA and a 3.0 GPA in science and mathematics courses. CWRU maintains a website that details the program once students transfer.

Sample 3-year plan (JCU years) for the 3-2 Dual Degree Engineering Program

Students can also complete a B.S. in engineering physics at John Carroll University and then pursue graduate work in engineering.  Students who choose this option may start taking engineering courses while at John Carroll through the Northeast Ohio Commission on Higher Education Cross-Registration Program.