Engineering Physics: Electrodynamics, B.S.

Program Overview

Do you enjoy the challenge of creating solutions? Can you imagine yourself working at the forefront of technology? If so, a major in engineering physics could be the right choice for you.

PLNU’s engineering physics program interweaves classical and modern physics, chemistry, and mathematics with engineering, providing you with an opportunity to gain both breadth and depth in the field. Some of our students with this degree will enter the job market immediately, while others will earn a master's degree in a specific engineering field upon graduation.

PLNU offers two emphases of the engineering physics major: electrodynamics and mechanics. Each emphasis augments a solid base in physics and mathematics with a selection of engineering courses that will prepare you to work in the private sector, in national laboratories at the very forefront of technology, or to pursue an advanced degree in engineering.

The emphasis in electrodynamics explores analog and digital electronics, computer interfacing, and even mobile robotics, helping to prepare you for careers in fields like solar technology, aerospace, satellite or cellular communications, nuclear power, and many more.

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Michelle Chen, Ph.D.

To explain her field of study, Dr. Michelle Chen, PLNU associate professor of physics, refers to a ball on her desk. It is made up of hexagons, like a soccer ball you can see all the way through. She points to each part and explains: each intersection of lines symbolizes a carbon atom and each line is a bond between them.

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For most students, the transition into college life is one full of adjustments. There is the excitement of newfound freedoms, but also some uncertainty as you begin to make choices and take responsibility for your own future. 

At PLNU, we’re committed to supporting you — academically, professionally, spiritually, personally — so that you may be successful both in your time as a student and beyond. That’s why we offer a holistic support system that focuses on your unique experiences, particular needs, and personal and professional goals — resulting from our deep concern for you, our student.

With a focus on authentic relationships and personalized attention, our goal is to help transform you so you can follow your calling in your own career and life.

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Career Opportunities

With the constantly shifting landscape of our physical and technological world, engineering and physics knowledge is more critical than ever. A degree in engineering physics secures a path toward a multitude of careers and industries, places where problem-solving abilities and analytical skills are valued assets. PLNU engineering physics alumni have found success in the workforce through software engineering at SpaceX and engineering at SPAWAR, just to name a few.

A bachelor's degree in engineering physics with an emphasis in electrodynamics can lead to careers in:

  • Academia
  • Aerospace
  • Computer Technology
  • Nuclear Power
  • Quantum Information Science
  • Research
  • Satellite or Cellular Communications
  • Semiconductors
  • Solar Technology

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Dan Schanaker

Dan Schanaker once thought he was born into the wrong generation. He wanted to be a rocket scientist in what is often seen as the golden era of space exploration of the mid-twentieth century. He was a little bummed that he missed things like NASA’s Apollo Missions, but then he got a job at SpaceX. Read more