Engineering Physics

What Is It?:

Engineering Physics allows students with strong interests in both physics and engineering to concentrate their studies in the common areas of these disciplines. The curriculum is a flexible program that combines a firm foundation in physics and mathematics with the freedom to choose from a diverse range of technical options. The major prepares students to pursue careers in the industry either directly after undergraduate study or following graduate study in engineering or physics. Many employers value the unique problem solving approach of physics, especially in industrial research and development.

Students also select a technical/professional option from a list of preapproved options or design a custom option, subject to departmental approval:

  • Acoustical Physics 
  • Astrophysics
  • Atmospheric Science
  • Biophysics
  • Business
  • Computational Physics
  • Computer Engineering 
  • Energy/Sustainability
  • Materials Science
  • Nuclear Physics
  • Optical Physics
  • Physical Electronics
  • Professional Physics
  • Solid State Electronics
  • Pre-Med
  • Pre-Law

For more information, please visit the Department of Physics.

Courses That Introduce the Major:

  • CHEM 102/103—General Chemistry I / General Chemistry Lab I
  • MATH 221—Calculus I
  • MATH 231—Calculus II
  • PHYS 211—University Physics: Mechanics
  • PHYS 212—University Physics: Electricity & Magnetism

Students should consult with an academic advisor regarding course selection prior to the advanced registration period.

Possible Career Opportunities:

  • Acoustical Physicist
  • Astrophysicist
  • Biophysicist
  • Engineer
  • Fiber Optic Engineer
  • Fluid Physicist
  • Geophysicist
  • Health Physicist 
  • Materials Scientist
  • Medical Physicist
  • Molecular Physicist
  • Research Physicist
  • Technical Consultant

Common Career Titles Related to this Major:

(Some careers may require education beyond an undergraduate degree)

  • Environmental Specialist
  • Fiber Optic Engineer
  • Lab Technician
  • Project Engineer
  • Quality Engineer
  • Research Assistant
  • Systems Engineer
  • Technical Consultant

Enhancing Your Academic Experience:

Related Skills:

  • Analytical skills
  • Communication
  • Design and conduct experiments
  • Knowledge of math, science, and engineering
  • Logic and reasoning skills
  • Teamwork

Further Information:

For more information on what you can do with a major in Engineering Physics, visit The Career Center’s webpage: What Can I Do With This Major.

There are several professional organizations dedicated to Engineering Physics.  Their websites might be able to provide a glimpse in the world of Engineering Physics.  These organizations include American Institute of Physics and American Physical Society.

For more information on the classes needed for a degree in Engineering Physics, visit Undergraduate Programs.