Engineering Physics Program

Students who complete the Engineering Physics program will earn a B.S. in Engineering Physics from the College of Engineering. The physics and math requirements for this program are similar to those of the B.S. in Physics, but in addition to those requirements, students take 27 credit hours of engineering courses. The engineering courses a student takes will come from one area of engineering, known as the Engineering Physics concentration. Students who complete this program have the opportunity to enter full-time employment as a scientist or engineer or pursue an advanced degree in physics, engineering, or math.

Requirements for a B.S. in Engineering Physics

Any questions regarding the Engineering Physics program can be directed toward one of the physics advisors.

Acceptance Criteria

Beginning spring semester 2014, all students with an overall GPA (or cumulative point hour ratio (CPHR)) at or above a 3.0 AND an EPHR* at or above a 3.0 will be admitted upon application.  A minimum of a 2.5 CPHR is required to apply.  Only the most recent grade is used to calculate EPHR.  Students with an EPHR and/or CPHR below a 3.0 will be reviewed and considered on a case-by-case basis.

*EPHR = Math 1151, Math 1172, Physics 1250, Physics 1251 or equivalent honors or accelerated courses.  Engineering 1181 and 1182 (or 1281H and 1282H) must be completed in order to apply, but grades earned in these courses will not be calculated in the EPHR. 

Application Process

Application Requirements

  • Must have completed or be currently enrolled in ENGR 1181 and 1182 (or ENGR 1281H and 1282H)
  • Must have completed or be currently enrolled in the following Eligibility Point-Hour Ratio (EPHR) Courses:
    • PHYSICS 1250 or 1260
    • PHYSICS 1251 or 1261
    • MATH 1151 or 1161 or 1181H
    • MATH 1172 or 1152 or 2162 or 2182H 
  • If you are a new transfer student and have not earned any final grades at OSU but have completed or are currently enrolled in your final EPHR courses, you may submit an application for review.
To complete this Application to Major, you will need the following information:
  • Access to your grades on your Student Center
  • If your OSU Cumulative Point-Hour Ratio (CPHR) or EPHR is below a 3.0, a response to the following essay prompt: "Please describe why you are a good match for the Engineering Physics program.  Explain your interest in the program and what led you to pursue this academic path.  In addition, please share factors that contributed to your CPHR and/or EPHR being below a 3.0.  Include any other information you would like the committee to know or consider."

Applications are only accepted during spring semester.  The Spring 2018 application is now available at  The spring 2018 application deadline is April 15, 2018.

Engineering Physics Program Educational Objectives

Alumni of the Engineering Physics Program will:

  • Use their Engineering foundation and their understanding of the fundamental areas of physics (classical mechanics, electromagnetism, and quantum mechanics), experimental physics, data reduction, error analysis, and computing to succeed in:
    • Technical careers in industry, academia, or government.
    • Careers involving engineering or scientific practice, research and development, management, or service
    • Nontechnical careers in areas such as law, medicine, business, public policy, secondary education, service industries, etc.
    • Careers involving management or entrepreneurship
    • Graduate school in physics or engineering
  • Effectively communicate opportunities and solutions to technical and nontechnical communities
  • Use lifelong learning skills to take advantage of professional development opportunities in their disciplines and develop new knowledge and skills and pursue areas of expertise or interests.

Engineering Physics Student Outcomes

We expect the following from Engineering Physics students upon their graduation:

(a) An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.
(b) An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
(c) An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economics, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability.
(d) An ability to function on a multidisciplinary team.
(e) An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
(f) An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
(g) An ability to communicate effectively.
(h) The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.
(i) A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning.
(j) A knowledge of contemporary issues.
(k) An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.