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Engineering Physics Major (B.S. in Engineering Physics) [offered through Honors Tutorial College]

Program Overview

The HTC engineering physics program is for students interested in physics with an orientation toward applications, or for those who are interested in engineering, but would like a deep understanding of fundamentals. Often such students work on problems that do not lie in a traditional branch of engineering. The requirements for the engineering physics program are the same as those from the physics major in HTC, but students also take a series of courses in one or more engineering disciplines. It should be noted that such a degree will generally NOT satisfy the accreditation criteria of the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET). On the other hand, there is more flexibility in designing a curriculum to meet individual interests. For students that do courses mostly in one engineering discipline, it is possible to declare a major in that engineering discipline and stay for a fifth year to do the senior design project in the engineering discipline and complete the requirements for bachelor's degree in that major. This two-degree program, however, requires students to fulfill the general education requirements for the Russ College of Engineering. The program of courses for students wishing to pursue this option is overseen by the HTC engineering physics director of studies and by an advisor in the engineering discipline.


Engineering physics students are strongly encouraged to gain experience as research assistants, either in the Physics and Astronomy Department's laboratories or through temporary internships at other universities, research centers or national labs. Research work usually begins in the third or fourth year, though opportunities can sometimes arise earlier, and often become the basis of the student's senior thesis. Research opportunities are available in the Department in the following areas:

  • Condensed Matter and Surface Science: creating, studying, and simulating the properties of existing or new substances, such as thin magnetic films, semiconductors and glasses.
  • Nuclear and Particle Physics: investigating how the basic building blocks of matter interact with each other, and how they combine to form the elements we know.
  • Biophysics: using experimental techniques and computer modeling to understand processes in living systems, including cell adhesion and interacting neurons.

Opportunities may also be found with faculty in the Russ College of Engineering. In addition, advanced students interested in teaching can sometimes be given paid appointments as teaching assistants.

Admissions Information

Freshman/First-Year Admission

Students are selected by the Honors Tutorial College and the Physics and Astronomy Tutorial Board on the basis of superior academic ability and the potential for self-motivated study and research. Applicants typically are required to submit additional essays, and an interview with the director of studies is required for admission. More information, including materials and deadlines, is available at

Change of Program Policy

First-year students at Ohio University may apply to transfer into the tutorial programs offered by the Physics and Astronomy Department and the Honors Tutorial College. These students must meet the same entrance requirements as entering HTC freshmen. 

Students in the HTC physics or HTC astrophysics programs who wish to change to HTC engineering physics should contact the director of studies for the HTC engineering physics program.

External Transfer Admission

First-year students at another institution may also apply to transfer into the tutorial programs offered by the Physics and Astronomy Department and the Honors Tutorial College. These students must meet the same entrance requirement as entering HTC freshmen. 

Opportunities Upon Graduation

Recipients of the B.S. degree in engineering physics possess high-level problem-solving skills that can lead to opportunities for employment in research institutions, government or industry. This degree also prepares students for graduate study in physics, applied physics or an engineering discipline.

Academic Catalog

The academic catalog provides additional information about curriculum and courses for this major.
Academic Catalog

Program Details

Bachelor of Science


Administrative Contact

David Tees, director of studies/contact person