Engineering physics merges fundamental physics with the design of engineering systems, processes, and devices. Students will gain the ability to apply basic scientific ideas to real-world problems, acquiring the problem-solving, critical-thinking, and technical communication skills employers seek.
LVC engineering physics majors can participate in paid, high-impact student-faculty research and internships. For example, Dr. Veenhuizen performs research in glass crystallization science in collaboration with colleagues at Corning and Lehigh University. Students have also been accepted into external summer research programs in nanotechnology, computer and electrical engineering, and systems and integration engineering.
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You’ll learn how to apply the engineering design process to find the best solutions: define a problem, identify constraints and criteria for success, propose solutions, create prototypes, test them, and iterate to get there. You’ll take courses that provide you with fundamental physics knowledge, build your analytical, programming, and experimental capabilities, and allow you to work through self-designed hands-on projects.
Experts Guide You
Through LVC’s Research First Program, you can explore potential research interests the summer before your first semester on campus. This immersive student-faculty research program is available to select incoming first-year students. You’ll gain practical research experience while joining the LVC community early and becoming acclimated to campus.
You’ll apply what you learn in the classroom to labs dedicated to specific physics topics and engineering design and process, culminating in an engineering capstone project. You’ll work in newly renovated lab spaces with equipment to prototype, test, and execute your ideas.
Building on a Legacy
Our engineering physics degree was made possible by the estate of former NASA scientist and LVC alum Dr. Elizabeth Miller Bains ’64 and her husband and fellow scientist, Dr. James Bains. She helped create the software for the computer simulations used to train astronauts, including Sally Ride. The ideals and problem-solving skills she embodied are incorporated throughout the program’s curriculum.