3+2 Program


The dual degree 3+2 program is a dual degree program, with a BS in Physics from Canisius and a BS in Engineering from an Engineering school. The student will complete all of the requirements for the BS degree in Physics, which includes the foundation, fields, attributes, and capstone courses in the college’s core curriculum. While at the college, the student can use modern physics equipment like a high-resolution spectroscopy equipment, lasers, high vacuum apparatus, a multi-channel nuclear spectrometer, various radiation detectors, and an X-ray spectrometer. The student is also encouraged to perform research with a professor or with an internship with a local company or manufacturer. It is in the student’s best interest to gain as much professional experience as possible.

Dual Majors

The dual degree 3+2 program is a dual degree program, with a BS in Physics from Canisius and a BS in Engineering from an Engineering school. An additional major at Canisius in this program would prove difficult to complete, due to the already demanding nature of this program; however, students are urged to discuss this with an academic advisor.


All students should have an advisor in the major and should contact the department directly to have an advisor assigned if they do not already have one.  Meetings with academic advisors are required prior to students receiving their PIN for course registration each semester. All majors should work closely with their advisor in discussing career expectations, choosing their major electives, developing their entire academic program and planning their co-curricular or supplemental academic experiences.


An Ignatian Foundation

All undergraduate students must complete either the Canisius Core Curriculum or the All-College Honors Curriculum. Many schools refer to their college-wide undergraduate requirements as "general education" requirements. We believe that the core curriculum and the honors curriculum are more than a series of required classes; they provide the basis for a Jesuit education both with content and with required knowledge and skills attributes that are central to our mission.

Free Electives

Students may graduate with more but not less than 120 credit hours. Free electives are courses in addition to the Core Curriculum or Honors Curriculum and major requirements sufficient to reach the minimum of 120 credit hours required for graduation.

Major Requirements

CSC 111
Introduction to Programming
and Introduction to Programming Laboratory
PHY 223
General Physics for Physical Science Majors I
and General Physics for Physical Science Majors I Laboratory
PHY 224
General Physics for Physical Science Majors II
and General Physics for Physical Science Majors I Laboratory
PHY 225
General Physics for Physical Science Majors III
and General Physics for Physical Science Majors III Laboratory
PHY 226
Basic Electronics
and Basic Electronics Laboratory
PHY 330Electrodynamics I3
PHY 331Electrodynamics II3
PHY 332Statistical and Thermal Physics3
PHY 335Mathematical Analysis for Physicists4
PHY 350
PHY 351
Modern Physics Laboratory
and Advanced Laboratory
PHY 443Classical Mechanics3
PHY 445Special Topics in Physics1
PHY 446Quantum Mechanics I4
PHY 447Quantum Mechanics II3
PHY 498Senior Project 1-3
CHM 111
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Laboratory
MAT 111
MAT 112
Calculus I
and Calculus II
MAT 211Calculus III4
MAT 222Differential Equations3
Science Elective (choose one of the following):3-4
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Laboratory
Data Structures
and Data Structures Laboratory
Linear Algebra
Probability & Statistics I
Introductory Biology I
and Introductory Biology Laboratory I
Total Credits69-72

Also, Depending on Engineering Major

EGR 111Introduction to Engineering Design3
EGR 207Engineering Statics3
EGR 208Engineering Dynamics3
EGR 211Engineering Thermodynamics3
EGR 214Strength of Materials3

In some cases, cross registration for additional courses at University at Buffalo may be advisable.

Additional Course Considerations

Junior/Senior level courses are offered on a rotating two year basis. Students will take either the course listed Junior or Senior year, depending on availability. Students will complete the missing requirements in the Physics Major while at the partnering Engineering school. Prior to completion of the third year at Canisius, students will meet with their advisor to plan out the courses to be completed in the Physics major. Course selection may vary somewhat depending on engineering major and partner institution.

Linear Algebra (MAT 219) is advisable, and required by some engineering programs.


Recommended Schedule: 3+2 Program

CHM 111
CHM 112
112L (or Elective if PHY 225 with lab will be taken)
MAT 111MAT 112
CSC 111
PHY 223
EGR 111 
MAT 211MAT 222
PHY 224
PHY 225
225L (or Elective if CHM 112 with lab was taken)
EGR 207PHY 226
 EGR 208
EGR 211EGR 214
Fall Physics courses in Physics CurriculumSpring Physics courses in Physics Curriculum