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Degree Requirements


Engineering Dual-Degree (3-2) Program (Note 1 below)
with The University of Kentucky
(Note 2 below)

Civil, Electrical, Materials, Mechanical, and Mining Engineering and Computer Science

REQUIREMENTS -- 96 semester hours at University of the Cumberlands as follows3:

Physics (24 hours)

  • PHYS 241 Physics I
  • PHYS 242 Physics II
  • PHYS 330 Classical Physics
  • PHYS 335 Quantum Physics
  • PHYS 410 Science and Society
  • PHYS 300+ Physics Electives (9 hours)

Chemistry (8 hours)

  • CHEM 111 General Chemistry I Laboratory
  • CHEM 132 General Chemistry I
  • CHEM 211 General Chemistry II Laboratory
  • CHEM 232 General Chemistry II

Mathematics (21 hours)

  • MATH 140 Calculus I
  • MATH 240 Calculus II
  • MATH 241 Calculus III
  • MATH 430 Differential Equations
  • MATH 335+ Mathematics Electives (6 hours) – See Note 4 below.

Programming (6 hours)

  • BMIS 231 Introduction to Programming
  • BMIS 331 Object-Oriented Programming

General Education (32 hours) See notes 5, 6.

Free Electives (5 hours) See note 6

32 semester hours at The University of Kentucky as follows:

  • Engineering (26 hours) See notes 7, 8 below.
  • University Studies (6 hours) See note 5 below.


    1. The completion of the engineering degree at U.K. normally takes two years after transfer. A student need not wait to complete the engineering degree to transfer the necessary credit back to the Cumberlands for completion of the applied physics major.
    2. Other ABET-accredited engineering schools may be acceptable on a case-by-case basis with appropriate modifications to the major as recommended by the physics advisor and approved by the Registrar.
    3. If a scheduling conflict prevents any one required course from being completed at the Cumberlands, that course can be completed at the engineering school; however, a minimum of 96 semester hours must be taken at the Cumberlands.
    4. To optimize transfer credit to U.K., a student must consult with a physics advisor before selecting the mathematics electives.
    5. The Scientific and Mathematical Awareness section of the General Education Curriculum is fulfilled by courses required elsewhere. The Human and Social Behavior and World Perspective sections of the General Education Curriculum must be coordinated with University Studies requirements at U.K. – a student must consult with a physics advisor before selecting any course in these areas. (A list of recommended courses for fulfilling the requirements of the University of Kentucky’s University Studies Program is provided in the Pre-Engineering section of the Catalog.)
    6. A student without two years of a single foreign language in high school must take two semesters of French or Spanish.  One semester will meet the General Education requirements at the Cumberlands; the other semester will serve as free elective hours.
    7. Due to prerequisite requirements, a student must complete some introductory engineering courses during U.K.’s eight-week summer session after the junior year at the Cumberlands.
    8. Acceptable courses must have engineering prefixes and meet the degree requirements in the student’s selected program.   No more than 6 hours may be at the 200 level with the remainder at 300+ levels.