Engineering and Physics


The Sc.B. degree program in Engineering-Physics, sponsored jointly by the Division of Engineering and the Department of Physics, provides students with an in-depth understanding of the fundamental principles underlying modern technology. Specifically, it gives those who are interested in applied technical problems a strong background in physics and mathematics beyond that given in the standard engineering program. Students take a significant part of the usual engineering and physics programs, obtain substantial laboratory experience, and take several upper-level courses focusing on applied physics. The program allows students to take either the standard physics or engineering programs during their first two years and then switch to this combined program.

Student Goals

Students in this concentration will:

  • Understand physical laws and their applications as they are used in engineering and applied physics contexts
  • Gain hands-on experimental skills in applied physics and engineering
  • Become familiar with advanced mathematical methods that are used to solve applied science problems
  • Complete an interdisciplinary senior project


Click here for a list of the Engineering and Physics concentration requirements. For more information about this concentration, please visit the department's website.

Honors and Capstones

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All concentrators complete a thesis under the supervision of a Physics or Engineering faculty member. At the end of the first semester of the senior year, students may apply for admission to the Honors Program. To qualify, the student must have a GPA of 3.4 or higher in courses in the concentration and a thesis proposal endorsed by an Engineering faculty member who will also act as the Honors Advisor to the student.  Once submitted, the thesis must be presented and defended to the Engineering Honors Committee. Admission to the Honors Program does not guarantee that a student will receive Honors upon graduation. Please see program's website for a complete description of admission procedures and program requirements.

Liberal Learning

This concentration allows you to address the following Liberal Learning goals:

  • Collaborate fully
  • Engage with your community
  • Develop a facility with symbolic languages
  • Experience scientific inquiry

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Graduating Class

Year Total Capstone Honors

Alumni Pathways

Engineering and Physics alumni have typically gone on to graduate study and pursued careers in research and academia.

See more details on the CareerLAB website.

If you are an advisor and would like to make changes to the information on this page, contact, or email Dean Besenia Rodriguez.