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
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
PHY214/MAT214  Mathematical Methods in Physics I
PHY225 Electronics
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