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Engineering Physics/Applied Physics

Program Description

Just the Facts

Engineering Physics/Applied Physics. A program focusing on the use of physics principles in the analysis and evaluation of engineering problems and other scientific applications. Includes instruction in high- and low-temperature phenomena, computational physics, superconductivity, applied thermodynamics, molecular and particle physics applications, and space science research.

This program is available in these options:

  • Associate degree
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Graduate Certificate
  • Master's degree
  • Doctoral degree

High School Courses

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Additional Information

A degree in engineering physics will prepare you to enter fields of research and development that require intensive training in physics, math, electronics and computer science.

Engineering physicists use their knowledge of physics to develop new engineering principles and methods. They act as a link between the research scientist and the engineer. They help to change scientific theories into applied technology solutions.

A degree in engineering physics can lead to work with alternative energy sources, communications, industrial graphics, electronic devices, computer development and software engineering, robotics, aerospace or medical devices. It can also lead to higher studies in medicine, law, teaching, business, engineering and science.

Compared to general engineering programs, engineering physics programs provide more in-depth training in math, physics and computer science.

"Math and physics must be their forte. They must want to do that with a gusto -- not grudgingly," says Asif Shakur, chair of the department of physics at Salisbury State University in Maryland.

At Salisbury State, applicants must generally have an SAT math score at or above 600 and a total SAT score of 1,200 or higher.

High school students should focus on math (especially calculus) and physics. Take part in science fairs. And look for college-sponsored engineering events for high school students, recommends Shakur.

As an engineering physics student, you'll be expected to become competent with computers. Almost half of professor Akira Hirose's engineering physics students pursue a double major in computer science.

When you graduate, you'll be skilled in math, physics, electronics, computer and engineering principles. "Our program provides the groundwork for a successful career in diverse areas including engineering, physics and medicine. Some of our students are enrolled in PhD programs also," says Shakur.

Hirose says students spend 16 months working in internships for leading technology companies. "By graduation, they are quite ready to be hired by first-class companies."

Besides tuition, the major expense is textbooks.


Occupational Outlook Handbook
For more information related to this field of study, see: Engineers

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