Engineering Physics: Mechanics, 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 courses in engineering, which will help 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 mechanics explores the theory and analysis of forces, stress, and strain within engineering structural elements, in addition to basic circuit elements and conditions of equilibrium. This emphasis can help prepare you for careers in renewable energy, urban planning, seismic science, transportation, and more.

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Tyler Fisher

For the last seven years, Fisher has worked to ensure that healthcare facilities throughout Southern California are meeting industry regulations for medical imaging equipment. He tests a variety of equipment, including MRI, CT, mammography, and X-ray machines, to verify that each is operating correctly, providing quality images, and is safe for patient and physician use.

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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. 

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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 engineering at ViaSat and software/algorithm engineering at Lockheed Martin, just to name a few.

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

  • Academia
  • Aerospace
  • Automotive Industry
  • Construction
  • Manufacturing Design
  • Renewable Energy
  • Research
  • Seismic Science
  • Transportation
  • Urban Planning
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