Engineering Physics

Is it for me?

This unique and challenging option trains you to be both an engineer and a physicist – two distinct fields that are typically quite divergent. Students of engineering physics cover the fundamentals of science, mathematics, engineering design and practice as well as computing skills – and fuse these with theoretical and applied physics.

This is a demanding and multidisciplinary option aimed at highly capable students who can handle learning these two fields jointly. The rewards, however, are high: you will graduate with a background sufficient for graduate school in Physics, Engineering Physics or Electrical Engineering. You will also be qualified to directly enter industry in electronic or electrical systems design positions.

What will I learn?

Engineering Physics students learn how to understand electrical systems from two broad perspectives. For example, an engineer knows how to use a transistor while a physicist knows exactly how that transistor works – an engineering physicist understands both approaches.

Students who undertake this option deploy mathematical analysis at a level beyond other engineering graduates. In addition, our Engineering Physics option includes a final research-based thesis project. This may incorporate design but the main goal is the creation of new knowledge – an undertaking similar to graduate school thesis projects.

For more information on the curriculum and academic requirements for Engineering Physics, click here.


Graduates of this program option typically find careers as applied researchers, microelectronics engineers, technical support engineers or R&D engineers in the area of semi-conductor devices and opto-electronics. Alternatively, our graduates have continued on to further studies at Stanford University, University of Toronto, Massachusetts Institute of Technology as well as SFU.

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