Department of Physics and Engineering

Do you like to understand how things work? Are you good at math and science and a curious and creative person? If so, consider an engineering major!


Engineers solve problems using math and scientific principles. They typically focus on specific areas, including electrical, mechanical, structural engineering. Engineering physics uses math and physics to solve problems in fields including robotics and thermodynamics.

If you are interested in an engineering career, PLNU’s Department of Physics and Engineering offers a quality education in one of the best possible environments. Here you can complete a major in engineering physics that will prepare you for graduate school or for work in a number of applied engineering fields. You'll focus on electronic circuit and computer hardware design. A high percentage of PLNU’s engineering physics alums attend graduate school in mechanical, electrical and computer engineering, physics, or health physics.

Special Features

  • Internships through Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) of the U.S. Navy. Many students work part-time in computer aided design (CAD), electronics, and computer science applications. Not only is this a rewarding experience with good pay, it also leads to a government security clearance that is very useful when applying for jobs in defense industries after graduation.
  • One-on-one instruction in small classes
  • Hands-on experience with the research-grade equipment
  • Opportunities for summer research at major universities and government agencies
  • On-campus research opportunities in mobile robotics and electron excitation of atoms
  • State-of-the-art laboratories

Career Opportunities

  • Graduate school
  • Professions in mechanical, electrical, and computer engineering or physics and health physics
  • Law school