Cooperative Engineering student Kendall Owczarzak makes an adjustment on equipment in the Science Center

Cooperative Engineering

Cooperative Engineering at Fredonia

As the most fundamental of the sciences, physics offers insights into some of the most profound questions about our universe. The quest to understand the laws that govern natural phenomena also drives practical advancements in technology and engineering. In fact it has been said that the physics of today is the engineering of tomorrow. At Fredonia, you will learn the tools necessary for a diverse number of career paths including scientific research, engineering, and education.

The Fredonia Difference

The Physics Department offers one of the largest cooperative engineering programs in the country. With 15 majors available, and 13 affiliated engineering schools, you have the opportunity to carve your own path to a career in engineering. Scholarships are available specifically for Cooperative Engineering students, making Fredonia an even bigger value. Active Physics and Engineering Clubs keep students engaged with science and each other.


Career Opportunities

  • Engineering fields like:
  • Aeronautical
  • Aerospace
  • Applied physics
  • Bioengineering
  • Chemical
  • Civil and environmental
  • Electrical
  • Environmental
  • Mechanical
  • Nuclear

It's Different Here



Pick a major, and take 3 years of that major here. In two more years, you can get a second undergraduate degree from an affiliated engineering school and lead into a master’s program

Latest Technology

Cooperative engineering students have access to a variety of instruments including an extensometer which can be used for a variety of research projects.


Affiliated schools

Our connection to engineering programs for your graduate studies gives you a pipeline to a higher degree at a more affordable cost.

Student Story

Alum Allie Minerva at a career fair for her company.
"After leaving Fredonia and entering the career market, I realized how prepared I was for the real world. The dedication of the staff there shaped me professionally by giving challenging and satisfying course work that helped me establish a hard work ethic, organizational skills, and drive to be successful that has carried over to my career."

Allison puts together pricing for Heavy Civil Construction in the NY/NJ Region for jobs ranging from $5 million to $4...

Allison Minerva Physics Class of 2007

Why Cooperative Engineering at Fredonia?

physics students work on a project


It is more affordable to go through Fredonia’s four or five year program than other bigger universities.

a fredonia professor helps a student with a project


You’re not taught by grad students at Fredonia. You’ll learn from faculty members who are accomplished scholars and enjoy involving you in their research.

students look at the stars in the planetarium


Literally from top (State-of-the-art, 17" PlaneWave telescope on top of Science Center) to bottom (planetarium in basement of Jewett Hall), Fredonia’s facilities rival those of bigger institutions.

Sample Courses

PHYS 321 Engineering Statics

A calculus treatment of statics applied to the equilibrium of rigid and elastic bodies, including fundamentals of mechanics, vector algebra, free body diagrams, equivalent force/moment systems, distributed forces, centroids and center of gravity, equilibrium of particles and rigid bodies, trusses, frames, beams, internal forces in structural members, friction, first and second moments of area and moments and products of inertia, and methods of virtual work and total potential energy.

PHYS 322 Mechanics of Solids

Continuation of PHYS 321 including stress and strain tensors, mechanical properties of solids, multidimensional stress-strain relations, section forces in beams, stresses in beams, deflection of beams, torsion, stresses and strain relations at a point, Mohr's circle, energy methods, elastic stability, and vibrations.

PHYS 323- Circuit Analysis

A development of network analysis including Ohm’s and Kirchhoff’s laws, dependent and independent voltage and current sources, circuit simplification techniques including node-voltage, mesh-current methods, Thevenin and Norton equivalents, energy-storage elements, operational amplifiers, natural and step response of RL, RC and RLC circuits, sinusoidal steady- state analysis, introduction to Laplace Transforms, passive filters.

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