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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.

Curriculum
  • 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.  

Faculty

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.

  • Greg Comer, Ph.D.
  • Vijay Dixit, Ph.D.
  • John James, Ph.D.
  • Irma Kuljanishvili, Ph.D.
  • Martin Nikolo, Ph.D.
  • Jean Potvin, Ph.D.
  • Ian Redmount, Ph.D.
  • Thalanayar Santhanam, Ph.D.
  • Dmitry Solenov, Ph.D.
  • William Thacker, Ph.D.
  • David Wisbey, Ph.D.
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 SAT composite score of 1100 or higher with a SAT math sub score of 600.

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.



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.