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Engineering Physics

Westminster is one of the very few colleges of its size offering a four-year engineering-related degree. The Engineering Physics major provides students with a choice of several materials science and engineering courses, a solid foundation in core physics, and supporting courses in computer science, mathematics and chemistry. Specific tracks exist for students interested in mechanical or electrical engineering.

This is an excellent stand-alone degree, but would also be excellent preparation for students planning to obtain a one or two year Master of Engineering (M.Eng.) degree from an accredited engineering school within a larger university. Such a pairing would effectively form a “4-2” option resulting in a B.S. and an M.Eng. in five-and-a-half or six years.

Westminster also offers a 3-2 Dual degree program in Engineering. In this program, students spend three years at Westminster and approximately two years at another engineering school (Westminster has a specific articulation agreement with Case Western Reserve University but any approved engineering school can be used). In the end, students earn two bachelor’s degrees in five years: a B.S. in engineering physics from Westminster (which can come as early as 4 years if sufficient credit are earned) and a B.S. in Engineering from the engineering school . The advantage of attending Westminster first are the small class sizes, ready access to faculty, and close collaboration with faculty typically not available to undergraduate students at larger universities.

Engineering Physics is a rigorous major. From the first day of freshman year and throughout the curriculum, students are taught to solve problems using programming and visualization software and to apply fundamental principles rather than secondary formulas. Students are required to conduct research with faculty in areas such as materials science, dynamics, and electronics. Students make use of our scanning tunneling microscope, GPU computer cluster, electronics lab, advanced physics lab, general physics lab, machine shop, and other resources. Weekly departmental lunch talks help build community, give students the chance to develop presentation skills needed for scientific careers, and keep everyone up-to-date on the latest physics and engineering research. Nearly all of our graduates are employed in engineering or physics-related fields or are conducting graduate study.


What can you do with an Engineering Physics degree?

Imagine yourself a mechanical engineer, electrical engineer, mining engineer, nuclear engineer, chemical engineer, management consultant, technical writer, or researcher.