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Engineering Physics Major

Students who love both engineering and physics can pursue an engineering physics major offered jointly by the Department of Engineering Sciences and the Department of Physics and Astronomy.

For information, contact Professor Jifeng Liu.


Engineering physics majors are expected to have a basic understanding of calculus, physics, chemistry, and computer science. First-year students interested in the major should take the placement test in mathematics.

Unless otherwise prohibited, prerequisites may be taken under the Non-Recording Option.

Mathematics (4 courses)

Physics (2 courses)

Chemistry (1 course)

Computer Science (choose 1 option, 1-2 courses)

Required Courses

The Engineering Physics Major must be a 5/5 split of 10 courses between Engineering Sciences and Physics. These courses include the required 3 core courses listed below and 2 electives or free electives in engineering and 2 electives or free electives in physics. Students wishing to pursue the B.E. degree are advised to elect an Engineering Sciences course.

Engineering Core Courses (3 courses)

Physics Core Courses (3 courses, students taking the honors sequence, PHYS 15 and 16, should substitute a third physics elective for PHYS 19)


Electives (choose 2 courses, each from a different group)

Free Electives (choose 2 courses)

Culminating Experience

Engineering Physics majors complete a culminating experience, which is part of a course (either as one of the two electives or as an additional course). Normally taken during the senior year, the course is chosen from the following options:

Transfer Credit

No more than two transfer courses may be used for credit in the major.

Academic Standing

Satisfactory completion of the major requires a grade point average of 2.0 in the courses suitable for satisfying the major.