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
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
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.
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