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Dual Degree in Physics/Engineering (Bachelor of Science)

This innovative dual degree in physics and engineering allows students to benefit from both a Jesuit, liberal arts education at Creighton University and a technical education in engineering at Washington University in St. Louis.

In this 3-2 program, students double majoring in engineering and physics spend three years at Creighton, developing the creativity and problem-solving skills renowned in a liberal arts education, before completing another two years in Engineering at Washington University. Graduates earn both a BS in Physics from Creighton and a BS in Engineering from Washington University.

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Program Details

This dual-degree program offers a unique opportunity for students. The engineering degree from Washington University provides the technical skills necessary to analyze and solve many of the real-world problems that face civilization today, while the Creighton degree, with a strong emphasis on liberal arts, provides the “soft” skills that are necessary for success in the modern work environment.

The dual degree in physics and engineering begins with three years of study at Creighton University with a focus on three areas:

  • The fundamental concepts in each of the major areas of physics
  • Fundamental laboratory, data analysis and problem-solving skills
  • How to effectively present the results of quantitative studies

The final two years at Washington University will focus on:

  • How to apply the principles of math and science to real-world problems
  • How to design a system, component or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints
  • The impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental and societal context

The engineering concentrations at Washington University are:

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Systems Science and Engineering

For more information about Washington University’s dual degree program with Creighton University please visit Washington University’s Dual Degree Program Website.


In order to be eligible for admission to Washington University’s Combined Program in Engineering, students must complete the following Creighton University courses:

  • Mathematics: Calculus I, II, and III, and Applied Linear Algebra and Diff. Eq. (MTH 245, 246, 347, & 350 or MTH 245, 249, 349, & 350)
  • Physics: two semesters of calculus-based General Physics with lab (PHY 213 & 214 or PHY 221 & 222, with PHY 205 & 206; PHY 201 and 202 would not be acceptable)
  • Chemistry 203 & 204
  • Computer Science CSC 221
  • Contemporary Composition (ENG 15x)
  • Completion of the Foundations and Explorations levels of the Magis Core, including at least one course in the social sciences
  • Completion of a minimum of 96 credit hours of coursework (a minimum of 90 hours must be transferrable with a grade of C- or better) with a cumulative GPA > 3.25.

To receive your Creighton degree, you will also need to complete the Integrations level of the Magis Core, as well as a major. The major most compatible with this program is the Applied Physical Analysis Major (Applied Physical Analysis BS Curriculum), although other majors are possible.

Admissions Requirements

Creighton admissions are based upon:

  • High school GPA
  • ACT or SAT scores*
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Personal statement to demonstrate creative abilities not reflected in your transcripts
  • Recommendation from high school counselor
  • Honors sections and advanced placement courses will enhance a candidate’s application
*For students who are choosing to apply test-optional, ACT/SAT exam scores are not required at the time of application for admission.

For Current Creighton students:

For guaranteed admission to Washington University in St. Louis, a Creighton student must:

  • Complete all prerequisite courses at Creighton University
  • Maintain a cumulative 3.25 GPA
  • Maintain a 3.25 GPA in all science and mathematics courses
  • Receive a letter of support from Creighton’s program director

Dates & Deadlines

Applications for the fall semester open on Aug. 1 of the prior year. For scholarship consideration, the earlier you complete your undergraduate application, the better. For up-to-date deadlines, visit our admissions page.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition rates are updated each year. Visit our financial aid site to learn more about the cost of attendance.

For more information regarding tuition and financial aid for the final two years at WashU, please visit their website.

Financial Aid

To help make your undergraduate studies at Creighton University more affordable, we encourage you to file the FAFSA to apply for financial assistance. A variety of scholarships are also available, including Creighton scholarships. Explore scholarships.

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