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Bachelor of Science in Engineering Physics

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Engineering Physics (EP) offers you an opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of the fundamentals of rapidly changing technology through an extensive physics and mathematics program in an engineering context. With electives and laboratory courses, you can easily combine this enhanced knowledge with the practical aspects of conventional engineering disciplines.

EP emphasizes the basic physics underlying most engineering developments, and mathematical tools vital to all engineers and scientists. The program is challenging, designed to stretch the mind.

  • EP is for women and men with a strong aptitude in science and mathematics who wish to apply these fundamental subjects to technical problems without the barriers of the historical divisions among disciplines. Combined with hands-on experience with computers, electronics, and lasers, this is excellent preparation for a broad range of careers.

  • EP students may carry out their own research projects during the junior and senior years. Internationally recognized faculty, coupled with sizable research funding, permits the study (both theoretical and experimental) of many subjects, including integrated-circuit technology, wave-function engineering, electron and ion-beam microfabrication, lasers and optics, superconducting devices, plasma physics, thermonuclear fusion, biological physics, materials physics, and x-ray physics.  

The EP curriculum encourages students to extend themselves and develop broad skills in the physical sciences. Our curriculum fosters mastery in areas of basic physics and related skills that have in the past proven universally important.

  • We believe that excellence in physics--particularly developing the capability to do physics rather than just know physics--is vitally important for a scientist or engineer, particularly to push the frontier of an engineering area. Therefore, EP encourages the development of experimental skills to complement formal coursework, offering five experimental courses in the areas of computers, lasers, optics and electronics. The EP program, combined with properly chosen specialty courses, enables students to choose future directions wisely.

  • If you want a broad technological and scientific base from which to operate, regardless of your specific interests, EP can open more career options than if you had chosen a narrowly defined field to study as an undergraduate.

EP alumni have found the dual emphasis on fundamentals and engineering applications to be extremely valuable for wide-ranging careers in industry, government, academia, and professional practice in law, medicine, and business administration.

  • About half of EP graduates take positions in high-technology industries, at starting salaries at the top end of the scale for engineers.

  • The others go to graduate school or to professional programs in engineering, law, medicine, and business administration; EP’s reputation makes graduates extremely attractive candidates for graduate admission and financial support in many different disciplines.

  • Most EP graduates develop careers in industry as staff engineers or scientists or technical directors; in research and administrative positions in nonprofit and national laboratories; as professors in almost all engineering and scientific disciplines at major universities; as consultants; or as physicians or lawyers.

The EP program has been ranked as the #1 engineering physics science program in the nation for four out of the past six years.

  • Because of the nature of the EP program, the entering junior class tends to come from the better students in the Engineering College.

  • The program generally has 25-40 students per graduating class, resulting in a very low student:faculty ratio (~3-4 students per faculty). EP stresses individualized attention as much as possible, and faculty are always willing to offer help on academic and career choices as well as on other matters.

The EP student club called the Cornell Applied and Engineering Physics Society (CAEPS) organizes visits by former alumni to describe how the EP program prepared them for their careers. In addition, there are informal lectures by members of the EP faculty to describe their field research.

AEP’s offices are located on the second floor of Clark Hall (Rooms 271, 261, 262, and 270). The general phone number is (607) 255-5198.