In this Dual Degree program, also known as a 3+2, students complete the requirements for a bachelor's degree in Applied Physics at the University of North Carolina Pembroke followed by a bachelor's degree in engineering at North Carolina State University. Students who enter this program may choose to major in Mechanical Engineering or Electrical Engineering at NCSU.
The program consists of three years at UNCP and two years at the NCSU engineering school. Students who wish to enter the program should have completed a minimum mathematics level of pre-calculus before entering UNCP, since Calculus 1 and Calculus 2 must be taken in the freshman year. By the end of the junior year at UNCP, the student must have completed all of the General Education and Major Requirements for UNCP's Bachelor of Science in Applied Physics (see program requirements listed earlier in this catalog). The cooperative program is very intensive, and it will be necessary for the student to take certain required courses during the summer or at the NCSU engineering school. Both degrees (Bachelor of Science in Applied Physics and Bachelor of Science in Engineering) are awarded at the end of the five-year period. The Department of Chemistry and Physics has designed a three-year schedule of study. The student must follow this schedule exactly to retain membership in the cooperative engineering program at UNCP and to guarantee admission to the NCSU engineering school. The student must also maintain a 2.5 cumulative grade point average and a 3.0 grade point average in mathematics and science courses.
At the beginning of the spring semester of the junior year, the student must submit to the program coordinator, Dr. Jose D'Arruda, an application for admission to NCSU engineering school. Official transcripts must also be forwarded at this time. Students who choose to exit the program may remain at UNCP in their chosen major.
During the UNCP freshman orientation, a special session is held for the 3+ 2 Dual Degree program in engineering. All students interested in the program are expected to attend this session.