Understand matter with a degree in Engineering Physics.

Engineering physics provides a grounding in the understanding of the fundamental nature of the forces and particles and the resultant states of matter that make up the physical world. Studying physics strengthens quantitative reasoning and problem solving skills that are valuable in areas beyond physics because students learn how to analyze complex problems, giving them a strong quantitative background that can be applied in any technical field.


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Physics Engineering

Bachelor of Science in Physics -

Engineering Physics Emphasis

The BS in Physics with an Emphasis in Engineering Physics is designed to prepare students for a professional career in engineering, physics or applied physics, or for graduate studies in engineering physics or a related field. Other emphasis areas offered include: Astrophysics; Biophysics; and General Physics.

Students seeking to major in physics are designated as ‘pre-physics majors’ until they have completed both Physics 2111 and Physics 2112 (or equivalent courses) with grades of C- or better.

Outcomes and Career Outlook

Upon completion of the BS in Physics, with an Emphasis in Engineering Physics graduates will be able to demonstrate an understanding of basic physics concepts including classical mechanics, electricity, magnetism, thermal and statistical physics, quantum mechanics, and modern electronics; design and perform basic physics experiments, assess the significance of their results, and interpret the observed outcome; understand statics, dynamics and electrical networks; solve problems, think critically and reason analytically as applied to scientific problems; be proficient communicators; conduct original scientific research as part of a problem-solving team; identify possible errors in scientific data; and assess the significance of observed results.

Employment of aerospace engineers is projected to grow up to 6% to 2032, with a median annual salary of $130,720, according to wage and employment data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics.


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Employment growth by 2032

Career Opportunities

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Educator
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Materials Physics/Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering


Plan of study

All majors must meet the general education requirements of the university in addition to completing degree-specific curriculum requirements.

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Non-Missouri Residents: Prospective students are responsible for reviewing the NC-SARA state authorizations page to see if this program is offered in their state throughout their program and to review the licensure or certification requirements for the state in which they reside.

Student organizations

Make new friends and learn new skills by joining one of our Recognized Student Organizations. Here are several opportunities you may be interested in as an engineering physics major:

Honors College

The UMSL Honors College is a certificate program that can be paired with any major without adding extra classes or extending time to graduate. Classes in the Honors College are seminar-style, meaning that they are based in reading, writing, discussion, and critical thinking. This unique class format fosters an intellectual climate centered around democracy, diversity, civility and academic excellence.

Undergraduate research

We encourage and support students as they engage in exciting activities in and outside of the classroom that enrich their academic and professional understanding of their chosen area of study. All majors are encouraged to participate in Undergraduate Research and Scholarship to produce discipline-specific intellectual or creative innovations to their field.