Engineering Physics

Electrical circuit board.

About the Major

The Engineering Physics BS program is intended for those students whose interests center on the more fundamental aspects of electrical engineering and physics, but who also wish to have extensive contact with the applied aspects (instrumentation, circuit design) of those subjects. The program is designed such that a student can pursue a graduate program in electrical engineering or applied physics, depending on their interest. This course of study provides students with a unique combination of the fundamental principles of modern electronics, as well as a thorough education in electrical measurements and instrumentation. This program should be considered only by students whose academic performance is very strong.

Employment Outlook

People with degrees in engineering physics typically pursue careers in teaching, research, or some combination of the two. Teaching can be at the high school, community college, college, or university level. University teachers generally also engage in research. People who pursue a non-teaching research career work in industries, such as the computer chip and other electronic high-technology industries, or work in government labs such as Argonne or Brookhaven.

Approximately 90% of engineering physics students go on to graduate school, mostly in physics and/or related research engineering fields, but a significant number go into other areas such as law, medicine, biophysics, and medical physics. Our students regularly get into outstanding graduate schools such as Princeton, Cornell, University of Chicago, MIT, and UB.

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