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Engineering Physics

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Why Engineering Physics at APSU?

This path is designed to prepare students for careers in engineering disciplines. 

What will I learn?

Engineering Physics is the interdisciplinary study of physics, mathematics, and engineering with a particular emphasis on developing advanced techniques to solve complex, real-world problems. The engineering physics curriculum includes an emphasis on engineering design, much like a traditional engineering program, while also including more advanced physics than a typical engineering degree.  Engineering physicists are best suited to applying new technologies to problems in engineering design and manufacturing where established mechanical or electrical engineering approaches are inadequate.    Engineering physicists typically work in high-tech industrial and manufacturing settings on teams with engineers and engineering technologists to solve real-world design and implementation problems. 

What engagement opportunities are available to APSU students?

We strive to ensure that all students who wish to participate in research have an opportunity to do so.  We do not have a graduate program, so all departmental research takes place with undergraduate students.  Research opportunities can be paid or unpaid, for college credit or non-credit.  We have active research involving undergraduate students in materials science, computational physics, astronomy, and engineering applications.
Besides research opportunities at APSU, approximately 70% of our students are successful in securing summer REU positions at other institutions.  REU positions typically pay $3000-$5000 for 10 weeks of work in the summer (more during an academic term).  APSU physics majors have been accepted to prestigious REU programs at CERN, ORNL, Cornell, and Princeton.
The department is home to an active chapter of the Society of Physics Students (SPS) called Del Square Psi and an active chapter of the physics honor society, Sigma Pi Sigma.  Our students are also active participants in the campus Women In Science and Engineering (WISE) organization.

What Do Engineering Physics Majors Do After Graduation?

Engineering Physics majors primarily go on to engineering-related careers after graduation such as mechatronics, mechanical, electrical, industrial, and materials engineering.  Engineering Physics is also excellent preparation for graduate study in an engineering discipline or physics.