Loyola University Chicago

Department of Physics

Physics & Engineering

‌If you are a student who recognizes the value of broadening your educational experience to include one of the fundamental sciences, as well as liberal arts and engineering, Loyola University Chicago's Dual-Degree Physics/Engineering Program may be just right for you.

In affiliation with various accredited engineering schools, Loyola University Chicago offers a Dual-Degree Program in Physics and Engineering, which enables a student to receive within five years, a B.S. degree in Physics from Loyola and a B.S. degree in Engineering from one of the affiliated schools. Students typically attend Loyola for three years of study in the physical sciences and liberal arts, and then complete the program with two more years at the engineering school. A sizeable number of the science, humanities and engineering courses taken by the student count for both degrees, which results in considerable savings of time and money in the completion of two degrees.

This program achieves three crucial educational objectives. First, as a physics major, the student will be widely trained in a fundamental science that has broad application in emerging technologies. Next, Loyola's Dual-Degree students are beneficiaries of the outstanding Jesuit tradition in education, which emphasizes breadth and depth of training in the liberal arts, humanities, and social sciences. Finally, in Loyola's Dual-Degree program, the student will study at a nationally renowned school of engineering and become well-versed in a specialized engineering field.

From a practical point of view, with degrees in Physics and Engineering, Dual-Degree graduates have many more avenues open for employment than single-degree graduates, especially in areas that require interdisciplinary skills. With broad training in science and liberal arts, plus an engineering specialty, Dual-Degree graduates are well-positioned to assume leadership roles in their respective fields.


Dual-Degree Engineering Program

In this program students are able to earn two baccalaureate degrees, a Bachelor of Science in Physics from Loyola University Chicago, and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from an affiliated engineering school. We currently have formal affiliations with Washington University in St. Louis, Columbia University in New York City. and Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana. However a large number of our students have gone to University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, University of Illinois at Chicago, Northwestern University, University of Michigan, and Iowa State University to complete their engineering studies. If you are interested in this program, please contact the department as soon as possible.

For information about various branches of engineering, here are a few useful links to aid your search:






Loyola's Dual-Degree 3-2 Program

Here are the reasons why Loyola University Chicago should be your choice to initiate an engineering career:

  1. At Loyola, students begin their studies at a school where individualized attention is paramount. All physics lecture courses at Loyola are taught by regular full-time faculty with the Ph.D. degree, as are all physics discussion sessions.
  2. At Loyola, the counseling of students in the Dual-Degree Program is closely coordinated with a student's progress in the major.
  3. Students in Loyola's Dual-Degree program complete their freshman year with a two semesters of calculus and calculus-based physics courses. In effect, students have the flexibility to consider other technical and scientific fields outside of engineering.
  4. Loyola University is situated in a metropolitan area which is home to two major governmental laboratories (Argonne National Laboratory and Fermi Accelerator Laboratory) as well as numerous engineering firms, high-technology conventions, first-rate libraries, and museums. Thus, Loyola's program offers opportunities for rich cultural experiences paired with the enjoyment of a beautiful urban campus.