Engineering Physics

Major Description

Engineering Physics is our core physics curriculum for students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. It is a rigorous program in fundamental Physics. In addition to courses in theoretical physics, this program offers advanced laboratory courses supported by the College of Engineering surcharge funds. It is also very flexible, allowing electives that can be used to create custom programs combining Physics with other disciplines and training in technical areas. Students interested in attending graduate school in Physics or other STEM fields, and/or pursuing careers in physics should apply to the College of Engineering for the Engineering Physics degree program.

Students also select a technical/professional option from a list of pre-approved 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
Courses That Introduce the Major:
  • 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:

There are a variety of career options for majors in Engineering Physics. 

  • Analytical skills
  • Communication
  • Design and conduct experiments
  • Knowledge of math, science, and engineering
  • Logic and reasoning skills
  • Teamwork
  • Acoustical Physicist
  • Application Engineer
  • Astrophysicist
  • Biophysicist
  • Engineer
  • Environmental Specialist
  • Fiber Optic Engineer
  • Fluid Physicist
  • Geophysicist Health
  • Physicist
  • Lab Technician
  • Materials Scientist
  • Medical Physicist
  • Project Engineer
  • Quality Engineer
  • Research Assistant
  • Research Physicist
  • Systems Engineer
  • Technical Analyst
  • Technical Consultant

Some careers may require education beyond an undergraduate degree.

Enhancing Your Academic Experience:
Further Information:

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.