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Physics, Dual Degree in Physics & Electrical Engineering (B.S. & B.S.E.E.)

A dual degree in Physics and Electrical Engineering, is a five year program in which students will receive a B.S. and B.S.E.E. upon graduation. This program provides the highest level of preparation for both graduate school and positions in industry.

Physics, Dual Degree in Physics & Electrical Engineering (B.S. & B.S.E.E.)


What is Physics & Electrical Engineering at ODU like?

A dual degree in Physics and Electrical Engineering, is a five year program in which students will receive a B.S. and B.S.E.E. upon graduation. This program provides the highest level of preparation for both graduate school and positions in industry.

Program Highlights

What makes Physics & Electrical Engineering at ODU unique?

  • Selected by the University to achieve national prominence, taking advantage of Old Dominion’s proximity (a half-hour drive) to the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (TJNAF), the world’s premier nuclear physics research facility, and the NASA Langley Research Center

  • The Physics department has grown tremendously in the past 20 years, with double the number of faculty, new teaching and laboratory facilities and modernized computer-based undergraduate laboratories

  • The addition of the new Physical Sciences Research Building offers substantial opportunities for research to graduate and undergraduate students alike


What are some careers in this field?

Check out these ideas from ODU Career Development Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is the midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

Remote Sensing Scientists and Technologists



Apply remote sensing principles and methods to analyze data and solve problems in areas such as natural resource management, urban planning, or homeland security. May develop new sensor systems, analytical techniques, or new applications for existing systems.




Conduct research into physical phenomena, develop theories on the basis of observation and experiments, and devise methods to apply physical laws and theories.


What are some courses offered in Physics & Electrical Engineering at ODU?

PHYS 303:
Intermediate Experimental Physics

A laboratory-oriented course designed to provide students with a broad introduction to instrumentation and techniques used in modern physics laboratories. Topics to be covered include: basic electronics with an introduction to diode, transistor and op-amp circuitry, and an introduction to physical computing using LabView and Arduino micro controllers. Prerequisites: PHYS 232N or PHYS 227N or PHYS 262N.

PHYS 313:
Elements of Astrophysics

A one-semester course covering the important topics of modern astrophysics. The physical basis of stellar evolution and chemical element formation is derived from first principles. Observational details of white dwarfs, neutron stars, pulsars, and black holes are developed. Prerequisites: PHYS 232N or PHYS 227N or PHYS 262N.

ECE 323:

This course provides an introduction to the basic concepts of electromagnetics. Topics include math fundamentals for electromagnetic studies, Maxwell?s equations, electromagnetic waves, polarization, wave propagation in various media and across interfaces, waveguides and transmission lines. This fundamental course is to build an electrical engineering/physics foundation for students and enable them to identify, formulate, and solve future engineering problems. Prerequisites: MATH 285 or MATH 312 and a grade of C or better in ECE 202 and ECE 287.


What are the requirements to apply for Physics & Electrical Engineering at ODU?

Students entering the BS,BSEE program in Physics & Electrical Engineering should meet the minimum university admission requirements (Undergraduate Admission)


Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2022-23 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Virginia Resident

Per Credit:

$ 374


Per Credit:

$ 1,039

Active Duty Military Rate

Per Credit:

$ 250

Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States

Per Credit:

$ 407

Ways to Save

Here are a few ways for you to save on the cost of attending ODU. For more information visit University Student Financial aid

Clifford L. and Lillian R. Adams Scholarship

The Department of Physics selects one or more students each year to receive the Clifford L. and Lillian R. Adams Scholarship. The recipient must be a declared physics major and may be an entering freshman, a transfer student, or a continuing student. Selection is based on a student's academic record, relevant test scores, and recommendations. The award is renewable.

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I like this program and want to transfer. What are my next steps?

At ODU, we understand that as a transfer student you have unique needs that require a wide array of campus resources. The Center for Advising Administration and Academic Partnerships aims to create a transfer inclusive culture that supports the successful transition, engagement, and academic achievement of transfer students. The services and programs offered to you as a Monarch are endless so take advantage of every opportunity. Even before you set foot on campus, we encourage you to Explore, Experience, and Engage! Visit our Transfer Students page for more information.

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