What is Engineering Physics?

The engineering physics program combines courses in physics and mathematics with several diverse courses in engineering. By selecting a concentration area, our graduates combine a strong physics foundation with a firm engineering background to position themselves for careers in many fields including (but not limited to): aerospace, electrical engineering, telecommunications, robotics, medicine, biotechnology and manufacturing.

Engineering Physics Home
Engineering Physics Home

Why Engineering Physics at Xavier?

The engineering physics program provides students with a strong foundation from which to pursue an engineering career or an advanced degree (PhD or Masters) in engineering, doing so from the advantage of a small, liberal arts setting that is advantaged by:

  • Hands-on, project based curriculum
  • State of the art testing and measurement equipment, and research labs
  • Small classes
  • Close interaction between faculty and student
  • University specific-values\community service
  • Connection with the local industries

Career Options

Many employers value the unique problem solving approach of Engineers with rigorous physics background (those are Engineering Physicists!).

Engineering Physics graduates tend to work on cutting edge ideas in science and technology, with opportunities in both industry and academia. Career options after graduation might include aerospace, biomedicine, renewable energy, quantum information, semiconductor electronics, microwave engineering & wireless systems, and materials development. Careers could also include intellectual property and patent law, systems engineering teaching, and management in a technical field.

  • Designing and manufacturing of electronic devices and integrated circuits
  • Telecommunications and networking
  • Robotics and manufacturing systems
  • Avionics and transportation
  • Biotechnology and biomedical devices
  • Computer and information technology
  • Intellectual property and patent law
  • Research and development in national and private industry laboratories
  • Teaching
  • Sales, marketing and management in the above areas

Engineering Physics majors are also very well prepared to pursue advanced degrees (Masters or PhD) in engineering, bio-medicine, physics and other technical disciplines. Since engineering programs typically offer scholarships and teaching/research assistantships, the total cost can be comparable to or less than that of obtaining a traditional 5 year engineering degree.

Program Educational Objectives

  1. To equip students with the necessary engineering and physics fundamentals and technical knowledge for professional success in:
    • Technical careers in industry and government in wide range of engineering disciplines such as: Electrical, Mechanical, Aerospace, and Industrial Engineering, and Applied Science fields including: Electronics, Telecommunications, Robotics, Avionics, Biotechnology and Biomedical Devices, Data Analytics, Software Development and Information Technology.
    • Research and Development in Government and Industry Laboratories.
    • Non-technical careers such as Intellectual Property and Patent Law, Education, Medicine, and Public Policy. 
    • Entrepreneurship, Business Development, Business Management, Product Development and Marketing careers.
  2. To prepare students to successfully progress towards earning an advanced degree in a technical or non-technical field.
  3. To produce graduates who work effectively either individually or as team members on multi-disciplinary projects in diverse professional environments by utilizing outstanding communication skills and a deep commitment to ethical and social responsibilities.


Course Sequence

The four-year course sequence for the engineering physics major can be found on the Xavier Engineering Physics Home webpage.

Related Minors

  • Mathematics Minor - can be satisfied with 6 additional credit hours beyond program requirements.
  • Applied Mathematics Minor - can be satisfied with 3 additional credit hours beyond program requirements.
  • Statistics Minor - can be satisfied with 9 additional credit hours beyond program requirements.
  • Computer Science Minor - can be satisfied with 9 additional credit hours beyond program requirements. CS department will substitute ENGR354 (microprocessors) for a program elective.