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N.C. Central, N.C. State Offering Dual Degree Program

Dr. Johnson O. AkinleyeDr. Johnson O. Akinleye

North Carolina Central University and N.C. State University are collaborating to offer a physics and engineering dual degree program.

Known as a Three + Two (3+2) Dual B.S. Degree Program, it allows students to obtain Bachelor of Science degrees in both physics and electrical engineering. Students admitted to NCCU, a historically Black university, can complete three years of a physics curriculum and then transfer to N.C. State to complete requirements for electrical engineering over the course of two years. Upon completion of the academic requirements, students will be awarded a B.S. degree in physics from NCCU and a B.S. degree in electrical engineering from NC State.

“This is a strong partnership between our institutions focused on student success,” said Dr. Warwick Arden, NC State provost and executive vice chancellor. “This will assist us to prepare leaders in the emerging global economy and have a significant impact on the state of North Carolina.”

Students at NCCU can begin coursework for the program next month.

Advocates of the program say it will provide graduates with knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering and broaden career opportunities. The program also increases access, diversity and enrollment in a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) discipline at both institutions.

“NCCU is excited about this historic program between two great institutions,” said Dr. Johnson O. Akinleye, NCCU provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs. “NCCU is eager to recruit students for the new program, and we look forward to continuous collaborations with NC State.”

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