2024 Investiture Information

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. Students who plan to pursue additional coursework beyond the AB to earn the Bachelor of Engineering (BE) should consult early with their faculty advisors to plan their program of study.


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. Any course being used to satisfy major or minor requirements beyond the prerequisites, may not be taken under the non-recording option.



4 courses

MATH 3: Calculus
MATH 8: Calculus of Functions of One and Several Variables
MATH 13: Calculus of Vector-Valued Functions
MATH 23: Differential Equations


2 courses

PHYS 13: Introductory Physics I
PHYS 14: Introductory Physics II


1 course

Students will be placed in one of the following courses:

CHEM 5: General Chemistry
CHEM 11: General Chemistry

Computer Science

1 or 2 courses

Choose one option:

Option 1 (1 course):

ENGS 20: Introduction to Scientific Computing (May not be taken under the non-recording option.)

Option 2 (2 courses):
COSC 1: Introduction to Programming and Computation
COSC 10: Problem Solving via Object-Oriented Programming

* Students with prior experience with calculus (as demonstrated through AP or IB exams, A-level credit, or placement exam) may place out of MATH 3 and/or Math 8, and may be required instead to take the MATH 8 and 13 sequence, or MATH 11.
** Students with no prior experience in chemistry will be placed in CHEM 5. Students with prior experience with chemistry (as demonstrated through AP or IB exams, A-level credit, or placement exam) automatically receive credit for CHEM 5 and have the option of taking CHEM 11 as a chemistry elective towards the requirements for the AB and/or BE.

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 taking the honors sequence, PHYS 15 and 16, should substitute a third physics elective for PHYS 19.

Students wishing to pursue the BE degree are advised to elect an Engineering Sciences course.


Engineering Core

3 courses

ENGS 22: Systems
ENGS 23: Distributed Systems and Fields
ENGS 24: Science of Materials

Physics Core*

3 courses

PHYS 19: Introductory Physics III
PHYS 40: Quantum Physics of Matter: An Introduction
PHYS 43: Statistical Physics


2 courses

Choose two courses, each from a different group:

Group A
ENGS 25: Introduction to Thermodynamic
ENGS 33: Solid Mechanics
ENGS 34: Fluid Mechanics

Group B
PHYS 50: Introductory Quantum Mechanics
PHYS 68: Introductory Plasma Physics
PHYS 91: Intermediate Quantum Mechanics

Group C
PHYS 73: Introductory Condensed Matter Physics
ENGS 131: Science of Solid State Materials

Group D
PHYS 66: Relativistic Electrodynamics
ENGS 64: Engineering Electromagnetics
ENGS 120: Electromagnetic Waves

Group E
PHYS 44: Mechanics
ENGS 72: Applied Mechanics: Dynamics

Free Electives

2 courses

Any Engineering Sciences courses numbered above 20, excluding ENGS 80 and ENGS 87, or any physics course that fulfills the straight physics major

* Students taking the honors sequence, PHYS 15 and 16, should substitute a third physics elective for PHYS 19.
** Students wishing to pursue the BE degree are advised to choose an engineering sciences course as their elective.

Culminating Experience

In addition to coursework, all engineering physics majors are required to complete a culminating experience, which may include a thesis or an advanced engineering sciences course, chosen from an approved list.



1 course

Choose one course, from the following:

ENGS 86: Independent Project
ENGS 88: Honors Thesis

Design Project

2 courses

ENGS 89: Engineering Design Methodology and Project Initiation
ENGS 90: Engineering Design Methodology and Project Completion

  • Taken as a two-course design sequence.
  • May count toward both AB and BE degrees.
  • Prior to enrollment in ENGS 89, at least 6 engineering sciences courses must be completed: ENGS 21 plus 5 additional courses numbered 22 to 76 (excluding 75), and 91 and above.

Advanced Course

1 course

Choose one course from approved list below or consult with Chair of the Department of Engineering Sciences:

ENGS 58: Protein Engineering
ENGS 61: Intermediate Electrical Circuits
ENGS 62: Microprocessors in Engineered Systems
ENGS 67: Programming Parallel Systems
ENGS 71: Structural Analysis
ENGS 73: Materials Processing and Selection
ENGS 75: Product Design
ENGS 76: Machine Engineering
ENGS 112: Modern Information Technologies
ENGS 122: Semiconductor Theory and Devices
ENGS 124: Optical Devices and Systems
ENGS 125: Power Electronics and Electromechanical Energy Conversion
ENGS 126: Analog Integrated Circuit Design
ENGS 129: Biomedical Circuits and Systems
ENGS 130: Mechanical Behavior of Materials
ENGS 132: Thermodynamics and Kinetics in Condensed Phases
ENGS 133: Methods of Materials Characterization
ENGS 134: Nanotechnology
ENGS 135: Thin Films and Microfabrication Technology
ENGS 145: Modern Control Theory
ENGS 146: Computer-Aided Mechanical Engineering Design
ENGS 157: Chemical Process Design
ENGS 158: Chemical Kinetics and Reactors
ENGS 160: Biotechnology and Biochemical Engineering
ENGS 163: Advanced Protein Engineering
ENGS 165: Biomaterials
ENGS 167: Medical Imaging
ENGS 169: Intermediate Biomedical Engineering
ENGS 171: Industrial Ecology
ENGS 172: Climate Change and EngineeringPHYS 68: Introductory Plasma Physics
PHYS 72: Introductory Particle Physics
PHYS 73: Introductory Condensed Matter Physics
PHYS 74: Space Plasma Physics
PHYS 76: Methods of Experimental Physics
PHYS 82: Special Topics Seminar
PHYS 87: Undergraduate Research

Medical Physics Careers

Foundation for a Career in Medical Physics
Students interested in a future career in medical physics are encouraged to consider the engineering physics major. Medical physics is a profession in which engineers and physicists develop, characterize, and implement technologies in the healthcare industry for the diagnosis and treatment of a myriad of diseases and for routine care. Examples of diagnostic technologies are CT, MRI, mammography, ultrasound, and PET. Megavoltage linear accelerators are used for the treatment of cancer with X-rays and focused ultrasound may be used for hyperthermia.

Preparation for Graduate Programs
Dartmouth’s engineering physics major prepares students for admission to accredited graduate programs in medical physics, which requires at least four physics courses beyond introductory first-year courses. Qualified medical physicists in healthcare settings are required to hold a master's or doctoral degree from an accredited graduate program (accredited through CAMPEP) and pass the American Board of Radiology board exam.

Students interested in learning more about the medical physics pathway are encouraged to contact Professor David Gladstone.

Course Planning

For additional information about majors, courses, and degree requirements, see:

Guide to Programs and Courses

Questions? For course planning questions within the specific discipline, please contact Professor Jifeng Liu (Engineering) or Professor Kristina A. Lynch (Physics and Astronomy).

For general requirement or advising questions, please contact undergraduate.engineering.advising@dartmouth.edu.