Department of Physics & Engineering


The Physics and Engineering Department at PLNU provides strong programs of study in the fields of Physics and Engineering. Our students are well prepared for graduate studies and careers in scientific and engineering fields. We emphasize a collaborative learning environment which allows students to thrive academically, build personal confidence, and develop interpersonal skills. We provide a Christian environment for students to learn values and judgment and pursue integration of modern scientific knowledge and Christian faith.

Why Study Physics or Engineering?

Do you enjoy solving problems? Do you like science and mathematics? Is the challenge of applying your knowledge to real-life situations exciting? If so, a career in physics or engineering may be right for you. 

Physics and engineering open doors to many challenging, exciting, and productive careers. We feature renovated laboratories with state-of-the-art equipment, but our greatest resources are our students. Being a physics or engineering student at PLNU means you are part of a community, and you'll work with other students and faculty members to maximize your learning.

Many students gain work experience next door to PLNU at the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) of the U.S. Navy. Other students work part-time in Computer Aided Design (CAD), electronics, and computer science applications. Students also participate in summer research programs at major universities and government agencies. 

In the classroom, you can look forward to being an active participant through group discussions and hands-on activities. The atmosphere at PLNU allows you to receive individual attention from faculty members, including the opportunity to be involved in research.


For more information regarding each of our programs click the links below.

  • Engineering Physics: Electrodynamics - A study of the concepts and applications of electricity, electronics, and electromagnetism with an emphasis on physics. 
  • Engineering Physics: Mechanics - A study that applies the principals of engineering, physics, and materials science for the design, analysis, construction, and maintenance of mechanical systems.
  • Physics - A study of how the universe behaves.  The fundamental ideas of physics underlie all basic science - astronomy, biology, chemistry, and geology.

Science Honors Scholarships

Are you a senior in high school who applied for admission for the 2016-2017 academic year? Do you have a 3.8 GPA and a Math SAT score above 650? If so, then you may qualify for a Science Honors Scholarship! Please contact Dr. Paul Schmelzenbach or visit our Science Honors Weekend page for more information.

Student Research and Internships

Many Physics and Engineering students participate in integrative learning experiences: Student Research or Internships.  These experiences prepare students for graduate school and provide connections with professionals in the field.


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