Students are carefully selected by the Physics Tutorial Board and the Honors Tutorial College on the basis of superior ability and sustained motivation. We look for good scores on standardized tests (about 650 on SAT quantitative or 30 on ACT mathematics and natural sciences), but we are also interested in a good high school record (GPA and class rank).
The personalized aspects of the tutorial system occasionally make it possible for us to accept students who have not marked well on standardized measures of ability but who demonstrate exceptional aptitude in other ways.
Below are outlined two curricula, one for the single-degree program and the other for the two-degree program using, as an example, a student studying Electrical and Computer Engineering.
At the heart of both programs is the tutorial. In a tutorial the student studies from selected written material in a given subject area under the guidance of a professor as tutor. At individual weekly meetings, usually lasting about 90 minutes, the student and tutor discuss the current reading, solutions of problems, and other assignments.
A student typically spends about a semester to a fifth of her/his time (and academic credit) on such studies, the remainder being in laboratories and class work either required (such as mathematics and engineering courses) or electives.
Taken alone, the B.S. in Engineering Physics program in the Honors Tutorial College requires four years to complete. The program is basically the Honors Tutorial Physics curriculum with an engineering component. Unlike the two-degree program, this curriculum may cross engineering disciplines and will include an undergraduate thesis project.
Requirements are outlined below. It should be noted that such a degree will generally NOT satisfy the accreditation criteria of the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology, which some students regard as a disadvantage. On the other hand, there is more flexibility in designing a curriculum to meet individual interests.
Required subjects are as follows:
The two-degree program takes five years to complete. One must be accepted into the Honors Tutorial Program to work on a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Physics and into the College of Engineering and Technology to work on a second degree, a Bachelor of Science in one of the engineering disciplines offered.
The branches of Engineering represented at Ohio University are: Chemical, Civil, Electrical and Computer, Industrial and Systems, and Mechanical Engineering. The degrees from the College of Engineering and Technology are based upon curricula accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of The Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology.
Detailed descriptions are available in the Undergraduate Catalog or from the College of Engineering and Technology. An example which integrates the requirements for a B.S. in HTC Engineering Physics and a B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering (B.S.E.E.) is shown below.
Some especially good students are able to bypass the B.S. and obtain a Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Engineering. This has the advantage that, as a graduate student, one may receive a fee waiver and graduate stipend; however, this will not meet the certification requirements for an engineer in the State of Ohio.
This listing assumes no prior calculus. Humanities and/or social science requirements for the B.S.E.E. are 24 hours with at least 8 in humanities and 8 in social sciences selected from a list approved by the College of Engineering and Technology.
Ohio University has certain general education requirements (Tier I, II, and III) which must be satisfied by students in the College of Engineering and Technology. Some of the Tier II requirements may also be met concurrently with the humanities and social science requirements. More detailed requirements for the B.S.E.E. degree appear in the current issue of the Ohio University Undergraduate Catalog.
The Physics Department offers Shipman Scholarships to qualified freshmen. There is also a special Shipman Award for women and minorities. Award of a Shipman Scholarship does not prevent the recipient from accepting other Ohio University awards.
The deadline for application for admission to the Honors Tutorial College for fall semester is December 1st. Scholarship applications are accepted until January 15. Post-deadline applications may be placed on a waiting list for openings in the program; however, such applicants have little chance of receiving scholarships. For the College of Engineering and Technology the application deadline is February 1.
Also, visit the Department of Physics and Astronomy website.