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Engineering Physics

Saint Louis University's engineering physics major is designed for students who have a strong interest in physics and a desire to acquire engineering skills.

Engineering Physics student

Major in Engineering Physics

If you choose to major in engineering physics at SLU's Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology, you can select a track in aerospace, biomedical, computer, electrical or mechanical engineering. Or, you can choose the interdisciplinary option, which gives you an opportunity to explore various engineering disciplines while developing a firm foundation in chemistry, biology, mathematics, physics and engineering. There is also an accelerated Bachelor of Science to Master of Science option available.

No matter which you choose, you'll be prepared to solve engineering problems using the principles and problem-solving approaches of physics.

Students who pursue an engineering physics major at SLU also earn a minor in engineering mathematics. In addition to a solid foundation in both disciplines, you'll have the chance to complete a senior design project, typically as a member of a multidisciplinary team.


Highlighted Courses
  • PHYS 1610: Engineering Physics I
  • PHYS 2610: Modern Physics
  • PHYS 4610: Quantum Mechanics
  • PHYS 4210: Electricity-Magnetism I
  • PHYS 3510: Analog and Digital Electronics
Internships and Careers

SLU's ABET-accredited engineering physics program prepares you for careers in technology research and development. The program requires more physics than found in traditional engineering programs, as well as training for enhanced analytical, computational and laboratory skills.

Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology also assists students throughout the internship and cooperative education process. Its online job and internship database contains approximately 380 employers and more than 500 industry contacts within industries that employ Parks College students.


Parks College’s low faculty-to-student ratio allows our world-class faculty to inspire our students, feed their curiosity, awaken their minds and instill in them the joy of lifelong learning. Our staff members are also dedicated to student success — every student is known to the faculty and staff by name.

Tuition and Fees

Saint Louis University takes pride in being one of Barron's Best Buys in College Education and Kiplinger's Best Values in Private Colleges.

For information regarding the upcoming academic year’s tuition rate, fees and financial aid, visit SLU Financial Services.

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Admission Requirements

A cumulative 3.00 high school GPA is recommended for freshman applicants and 2.70 college GPA for transfer applicants.

We recommend an ACT composite score of 24 or higher (minimums of 22 in English, 24 in mathematics, 22 in reading comprehension and 22 in scientific reasoning), or a SAT composite score of 1160 and a SAT math sub score of 620. (If your SAT scores predate 2016, a SAT composite score of 1100 or higher with a SAT math sub score of 600 will be accepted.)

Fifteen total units of high school work are recommended: three or four units of English; four or more units of mathematics including algebra I and II, geometry and precalculus; three or four units of science including general science, introduction to physical science, earth science, biology, physics or chemistry; two or three units of social sciences including history, psychology or sociology; and three units of electives.

Objectives and Outcomes

Program Educational Objectives

By three to five years after graduation, graduates of the engineering physics program will be:

  1. Engaged in successful public or private sector careers in engineering physics or a related field or as students pursing advanced or professional degrees
  2. Collaborating effectively on multi-disciplinary teams and communicating effectively both within the team and with stakeholders
  3. Advancing in their professional careers through taking on increasing responsibilities, pursuing lifelong learning, continuing professional development, and seeking professional registration as appropriate for their employers
  4. Acting responsibly, ethically and in the service of humanity when making personal and professional decisions

Educational Outcomes

  1. an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering
  2. an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  3. an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability and sustainability
  4. an ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams
  5. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  6. an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  7. an ability to communicate effectively
  8. the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental and social context
  9. a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
  10. a knowledge of contemporary issues
  11. an ability to use techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice

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Senior Design Capstone

Engineering New Projects

Throughout the academic year, seniors majoring in engineering physics at SLU work on a senior design capstone course. Past projects include work on a single X-ray photon detector as a medical imaging device and design of an automated chemical vapor deposition system for synthesis of nanoscale carbon materials.