Bachelor of Science in Engineering Physics

Our engineering physics degree offers academic training and hands-on experience that stand out in the job market.

The Bachelor of Science in Engineering Physics combines a comprehensive foundation in scientific theory with focused professional training. Broader and more versatile than a standard engineering degree, the engineering physics major equips you to adapt quickly, drive innovation and advance into leadership roles. You’ll learn from dynamic faculty who are working at the forefront of engineering physics, with advanced undergraduate research opportunities that few programs offer. Our engineering physics degree also features high-quality internships with world-class corporations in manufacturing, automotive and other industries. With small classes, modern facilities and unique industry partnerships, Oakland University’s engineering physics degree qualifies you for jobs in engineering and other high-tech sectors.

The Bachelor of Science in Engineering Physics combines a comprehensive foundation in scientific theory with focused professional training. Broader and more versatile than a standard engineering degree, the engineering physics major equips you to adapt quickly, drive innovation and advance into leadership roles. You’ll learn from dynamic faculty who are working at the forefront of engineering physics, with advanced undergraduate research opportunities that few programs offer. Our engineering physics degree also features high-quality internships with world-class corporations in manufacturing, automotive and other industries. With small classes, modern facilities and unique industry partnerships, Oakland University’s engineering physics degree qualifies you for jobs in engineering and other high-tech sectors.

Engineering Physics Degree: The Oakland University Advantage

Oakland University provides an ideal setting for the study of engineering physics. Located in the heart of Southeast Michigan’s industrial hub, we have strong academic and professional connections with international corporate leaders in engineering, manufacturing and research. These relationships create exceptional opportunities for engineering physics majors, both in the classroom and in the job market after graduation.

Our engineering physics program enables you to:

  • Get graduate-caliber research experience. Engineering physics majors routinely collaborate with professors on advanced research, with opportunities to earn authorship credits and present at conferences. Many of our faculty are engaged in high-profile, well-funded investigations in engineering physics, with specializations that include materials science, medical technology and astrophysics. Research achievements can give you a significant competitive edge in the job market and graduate school application pool.
  • Complete robust professional internships. Major employers such as Chrysler actively recruit interns from our engineering physics program. You can gain hands-on job training while you earn your degree, learning directly from engineering physics pros and building relationships that can lead to future employment.
  • Learn from superior faculty. You’ll take almost every engineering physics course from a senior professor, working in small classes that facilitate personal, one-on-one interaction. Our engineering physics faculty publish in the world’s leading scientific journals and are affiliated with prestigious organizations such as the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health and American Physical Society.
  • Cultivate well-rounded skills. Employers prize engineers who can write well, collaborate effectively with nonexperts, and integrate theoretical knowledge with applied practice. Our engineering physics degree provides you with a liberal education that makes you a strong communicator and creative problem solver.
  • Build strong connections with peers. Oakland University has a tight-knit physics department, with a culture based more on cooperation than competition. You can attend weekly colloquia, join our active Society of Physics Students, participate in the Committee for Women in Physics and pursue many other channels for establishing friendships.

What Can You Do With a Degree in Engineering Physics?

Graduates of Oakland University’s engineering physics program have an excellent record of success in the job market.  Employers actively seek our alumni for their breadth of real-world experience, broad skills and professional polish. You can also pursue graduate studies with an engineering physics degree, with strong qualifications for programs in either engineering or physics. 

Engineering physics majors find opportunities in fields such as:

  • Manufacturing
  • Automotive
  • Health care
  • Energy
  • Aerospace
  • Environmental engineering
  • Information technology
  • Optics

Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering Physics: What You’ll Learn

Our engineering physics degree includes a theoretical core, featuring coursework in physics, calculus and applied analysis; and a professional core, with courses in engineering, electric circuits, computer science and computer-aided design. You’ll also choose elective courses that are clustered within a specific area of academic or professional interest, such as applied mechanics or solid-state physics. Elective concentrations are chosen in consultation with faculty advisers in the engineering physics program.

Elective course options vary widely and cover a broad spectrum of subjects. Some examples include:

  • Quantum mechanics
  • Computer hardware design
  • Engineering mechanics
  • Energy systems
  • Thermal systems
  • Nuclear physics
  • Optics
  • Mechanical systems
  • Electricity and magnetism
  • Thermal energy transport
  • Materials mechanics

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Programs Related to Engineering Physics

Not sure if the engineering physics degree is right for you ? Check out these other undergraduate programs at Oakland, and contact our admissions team to discuss your options.

  • Bachelor of Science in Physics
  • Bachelor of Science in Medical Physics
  • Bachelor of Science in Mathematics

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