Goucher College has established a dual-degree program through which students earn both a bachelor of arts from Goucher and a bachelor of science from the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science of Columbia University. The dual-degree program enables students to explore the liberal arts and sciences, while developing professional knowledge and experience in a specific field of engineering. Students in the program are admitted initially by Goucher College, where they will typically spend three years fulfilling general education requirements and completing major requirements for the B.A. in physics. Successful students then complete an additional two years at Columbia University, during which requirements are completed for the B.S. degree in one of the following disciplines:

  • biomedical engineering
  • chemical engineering
  • civil engineering
  • computer engineering
  • Earth and environmental engineering
  • electrical engineering
  • engineering management systems
  • industrial engineering
  • engineering mechanics
  • materials science and engineering
  • mechanical engineering.

The B.A. in physics from Goucher and the B.S. in engineering from Columbia University are gained by completing both programs.

The requirements for physics-engineering double majors can only apply if a student intends to complete the double majors. These requirements alone cannot apply to any other physics majors with different concentrations. In the event a student does not go through with the double majors in physics-engineering and chooses to have the physics major only, then the student must satisfy the specific requirements for the elected concentration before graduation.

Goucher College students seeking admission into the program should contact the department chair for detailed requirements.

Required foundation courses for all physics-engineering double majors include

  • PHY 125
  • PHY 126
  • PHY 220
  • PHY 230
  • PHY 280
  • PHY 310
  • CHE 111
  • CS 224
  • EC 101
  • EC 102
  • MA 222
  • three additional courses within the department of which at least two must be at 300 level


Additional courses are required for each of the engineering fields.

Physics-Biomedical Engineering

  • MA 221
  • CHE 151/152
  • CHE 230

Physics-Chemical Engineering

  • CHE 151/152
  • CHE 230

Physics-Civil Engineering

  • MA 221

Physics-Computer Engineering

  • MA 190

Physics-Earth and Environmental Engineering

  • BIO 210
  • BIO 220
  • CHE 151/152
  • CHE 230
  • MA 221

Physics-Electrical Engineering

  • MA 221

Physics-Engineering Management Systems

  • MA 221
  • MA 240
  • MA 241
  • MGT 110

Physics-Industrial Engineering

  • MA 221
  • MA 240
  • MA 241
  • MGT 110

Physics-Materials Science & Engineering

  • CHE 151/152

Physics-Mechanical Engineering

  • BIO 210
  • BIO 220
  • MA 221

Goucher College has established a dual-degree program though which students earn both a bachelor of arts degree from Goucher and a bachelor of science degree from the G.W.C. Whiting School of Engineering of the Johns Hopkins University. In this program, students can explore the liberal arts and sciences while developing professional knowledge and experience in a specific field of engineering.

Students in the program will be admitted initially by Goucher College, where they will typically spend three years fulfilling general education requirements and completing major requirements for the B.A. degree in biology, chemistry, computer science, or mathematics. Successful students will then complete an additional two years at Johns Hopkins, meeting the requirements for a bachelor of science degree in one of the following disciplines:

  • Electrical and computer engineering, which includes the fields of communications, control systems, electronics, and digital systems.

  • Material science and engineering, which is concerned with the structure, properties, performance, processing, and production, of all materials.

  • Mechanical engineering, which deals with the concerns of energy through useful mechanical devices.

  • Chemical engineering, which relies on the laws of physics, chemistry, and mathematics to change the structures of chemical substances and purify new substances that are created in the process.

  • Civil engineering, which reflects the breadth of the engineering disciplines in the planning and design of buildings, bridges, transportation systems, and environmental programs.

A typical student will complete one year of calculus and one year of physics or chemistry in the first year and MA 221 and 222 and one year of physics or chemistry in the sophomore year. One course per semester should be taken at Hopkins during the student's third year at Goucher, depending on the engineering discipline.

The required courses are as follows:

  • MA 170 - Calculus I
  • MA 180 - Calculus II
  • MA 221 - Linear Algebra
  • MA 222 - Calculus III
  • MA 231 - Differential Equations with Applications
  • CS 116 - Introduction to Computer Science
  • PHY 125 - General Physics I
  • PHY 126 - General Physics II
  • CHE 111 - Principles of Chemistry I
  • CHE 112 - Principles of Chemistry I: Laboratory
  • CHE 151 - Principles of Chemistry II: Lecture
  • CHE 152 - Principles of Chemistry II: Laboratory