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Jan. 18, 2011
CONTACT: Gordon Ovenshine:

SRU approves physics/engineering agreement with WVU

. – Slippery Rock University students majoring in physics will be able to transfer to West Virginia University to pursue a degree in engineering following a 3 plus 2   articulation agreement approved by the universities today.
          The partnership enables students to receive a bachelor’s degree in physics from SRU and an engineering degree from WVU in five years.
           William Williams, SRU provost, and Warren Myers, associate dean for academic affairs for WVU’s College of Engineering and Mineral Resources, signed the agreement.
          “This agreement is important because it lays out a transparent road map for students,” Williams said. “It makes transferring easier because students will know exactly what classes they need to take to earn degrees in physics and engineering.”
        Under the terms of the agreement, students will complete three years in SRU’s physics program and then transfer to WVU to complete their final two years of study. After their first year at WVU, students will have completed all the requirements to receive a bachelor’s degree in physics from SRU. After completing their fifth year, participants will receive a bachelor’s degree in engineering from WVU.
       WVU said it would begin recruiting SRU students to enroll in the fall.
        Also attending the signing were Susan Hannan, SRU dean of the College of Health, Environment and Science; Ben Shaevitz, professor of physics; and Athula Heart, associate professor of physics.
          Hannam said the additional option builds on the strengths of SRU’s physics program.
       “Our physics program has graduates students who have been accepted into doctoral programs at Johns Hopkins and Yale, among other top institutions,” she said. “This agreement will enable qualified students to pursue engineering as well.”
          “West Virginia University and Slippery Rock University have been working together since last spring to bring this agreement to fruition,” Myers said. “Slippery Rock has a desire to provide its students with opportunities to study engineering, and now it has that option.”

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