What Can I Do with a Major in Engineering Physics?

Physics is the study of the fundamental laws of nature and their applications to everything from subatomic particles to galaxies. Typical subjects of study include atomic and molecular physics, lasers and optics, electricity and magnetism, classical and quantum mechanics, thermodynamics and statistical physics, biophysics, and materials physics. Because physics is fundamental to many engineering disciplines, this science can be a good foundation for a career in an engineering area. The Engineering Physics major prepares students for employment in technical fields or entry into professional engineering programs at the undergraduate or graduate level.

A Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Physics allows students to combine their physics studies with significant course work in engineering. They may also elect to participate in the 3-2 engineering program wherein students earn both a Miami degree and a professional engineering degree from another institution.

Engineering Physics majors*:

  • develop mathematical models
  • solve quantitative problems
  • prepare technical reports
  • experiment with ideas, procedures, and projects

Students earning a degree in physics possess the necessary skills and the scientific and mathematics background to pursue a wide range of career paths, such as medical physics, public health, engineering, business, law, and entrepreneurship. About 60% of our physics graduates attend graduate or professional school, specializing in physics, engineering, business, law, education, or medicine.

Career options for Engineering Physics graduates include**:
  • acoustical engineer
  • aeronautical engineer
  • biomedical engineer
  • environmental engineer
  • nuclear engineer

Additional Resources

*This is a sample of specific skills (competencies) that Engineering Physics majors acquire; it is not a comprehensive list. Also note that these are in addition to the general skills that are common to all CAS majors.

**This is a sample of career options available to Engineering Physics majors; it is not a comprehensive list. Also note that some of the listed career options may require additional education and/or training beyond the bachelor's degree.