Engineering Physics

The Engineering Physics concentration is designed for students who are interested in the advancement of technology and the physics that undergirds such technological progress. Students in this concentration are well-prepared to pursue a career in the high-tech industry or continue their studies in an applied physics or engineering graduate school.


This four-year concentration differs from our 3-2 Engineering program in that students stay at Gordon for their undergraduate career and receive a physics degree upon completion. This concentration prepares students to make contributions in fields as diverse as biotechnology, nanotechnology, materials science, renewable energy, medical physics, and many others.

Required Courses for the Engineering Physics Concentration

In addition to the required courses listed near the bottom of this page that all physics majors must take, the following four courses are required for the engineering physics concentration.

PHY125 Introduction to Engineering and Applied Science
PHY216 Statics
PHY225 Electronics
PHY328 Strength of Materials or PHY371 Selected Topics

For the engineering physics concentration, the physics department also strongly recommends these courses:

PHY255 Quantum Mechanics
PHY372 Thermal Physics


Required Courses for All Physics Majors

PHY121, 122
Introductory Physics I, II
PHY130 First-Year Physics Seminar
PHY214/MAT214 Mathematical Methods in Physics I
PHY236
Modern Physics
PHY314
Mechanics
PHY339
Electricity and Magnetism I
PHY391, 392
Junior Seminar I, II
PHY471, 472
Research I, II
PHY491, 492
Senior Seminar I, II
MAT141, 142
Calculus I, II
MAT223
Calculus III
MAT225
Differential Equations
Two of the following courses:
CHE111, 112
Principles of Chemistry I, II
CPS121
Introduction to Programming
CPS122
Object-Oriented Software Development