- two or three years at Emory & Henry followed by two years at an engineering school, leading to an engineering degree;
- four years at Emory & Henry followed by one or two years at an engineering school, leading to degrees from both institutions; or
- for highly qualified students, a three-two program, leading to degrees from both institutions. Most recently, Emory & Henry students have continued their study of engineering at Virginia Tech, Georgina Institute of technology, and Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.
Although the program is oriented primarily to students in the physical sciences, a combined degree program in certain fields is available to students from the life sciences, behavioral sciences, and humanities. The basic engineering program is intended to prepare you for any of the engineering fields, providing the fundamental coursework for the fields of chemical, civil, electrical, electronic, or mechanical engineering. Students interested in pursuing biomedical engineering take additional courses in biology and/or chemistry.
A computerized general physics laboratory allows students to use motion detectors, force probes, timing devices, radiation counters, and CCD cameras as they work through the many laboratory-based activities. Apparatus available to students includes the observatory, several telescopes, a CCD camera for astrophotography, a holographic optical bench, multipurpose analog-to-digital boards, electronics prototyping boards, a darkroom, and a machine shop. Software includes Maple, Mathematica, Videopoint, Voyager II, MacMotion, and other analog-to-digital analysis programs, as well as many simulations.
Internships are required and summer research with the Department of Energy or various universities is encouraged. Special studies have involved examining the effects of dynamical noise on symbol statistics, solving theoretical physics problems using the Mathematica language, and studying nonlinear dynamics (chaos) from the physicist’s perspective.