In today’s rapidly changing technological landscape, the traditional lines between science and engineering are increasingly blurred. As an engineering physics major, you will gain the scientific rigor and hands-on training needed to address design challenges in the 21st century.

What courses will you take?

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The B.S. in Engineering Physics program builds on the existing strengths and capacities of UMass Lowell’s physics department and adds in specialized engineering courses. 

As a result, you can explore your individual interests, build the foundation for interdisciplinary graduate programs, and prepare for diverse careers in the engineering and technology sectors.

The Engineering Physics major has two options:

  • Mechanical Engineering Option, which includes a selection of required courses and elective courses from Mechanical Engineering. In addition, you will take core, math and chemistry courses common to both Physics and Engineering Physics degree pathways including Statics, Strength of Materials, Materials Science for Engineers, Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer. Courses for Mechanical Engineering Option
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering Option, which includes a selection of required courses and elective courses from Electrical and Computer Engineering. In addition, you will take core, math and chemistry courses common to both Physics and Engineering Physics degree pathways including Application Programming, two semesters of Circuit Theory and basic Circuits Labs, and Logic Design. Courses for Electrical and Computer Engineering Option
All seniors complete a capstone research project, which often results in presentations at national professional meetings and/or publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals.

Visit the Academic Catalog for a complete course listing and to learn about the Physics minor.

Visit the Academic Catalog for all degree pathways, including those from prior enrollment years.

Why study engineering physics at UMass Lowell?

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Fun Outside the Classroom

Put your learning into practice. Check out some of the fun ways UML students come together.

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Research Opportunities

Most of our students gain employment with the department’s research faculty, who bring in millions of dollars per year in federally funded grants. Research topics include: 

  • Space mission design
  • Gamma-ray spectroscopy
  • Lasers on Mars landers
  • Photonics in biomedical applications
  • Observational astronomy
  • Particle accelerators
  • Digital signal processing
  • C++ programming
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Experiential Learning

Intern at national labs such as Los Alamos National Laboratory or high-tech firms such as Draper Laboratory. 

These practical learning experiences prepare students for future careers in research and development in both traditional and emerging technologies.

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World-class Facilities

Gain access to numerous on-campus facilities and equipment, including:

  • Astronomical observatory
  • Fabrication facilities for space-mission instrumentation
  • Optical and NMR spectroscopic and imaging equipment
  • Femtosecond pulsed lasers
  • Sophisticated terahertz imaging capabilities

What can you do with a degree in engineering physics?

Our program prepares students for careers where advanced math skills, experience in computer modeling and familiarity with engineering principles are required, including the research and development in emerging technologies.

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Our physics alumni have worked at:

  • Argonne National Laboratory
  • Draper Laboratory
  • Dupont
  • Los Alamos National Lab
  • MIT Lincoln Labs
  • MITRE Corporation
  • Oak Ridge National Lab 
  • Raytheon
  • U.S. Department of Energy
  • U.S. Naval Research Lab

Meet Our Students

Nazeli Acosta, in medical garb and mask, tests a patient's temperature
Nazeli Acosta '20
Physics

Nazeli Acosta won a State Department Scholarship to study rural health care in the Dominican Republic.

Physics appeals to my intellectual curiosity and learning for the sake of learning.
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UMass Lowell student Albert Farah is seated at a desk while looking at a computer and tablet.
Albert Farah '24
Physics, Mathematics

Albert Farah found multiple paid research experiences at UMass Lowell.

The professors are really excited to talk about their research, and that infuses itself into me.
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Francesca Kamwa on a spiral staircase in the nuclear reactor at UMass Lowell
Francesca Kamwa '22
Radiological Health Physics

Francesca Kamwa ’21 nearly dropped out when her father died. Thanks to support from UML faculty, she’s now applying to medical schools.

There have been a lot of ups and downs, but UMass Lowell has given me so many opportunities.
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Liam with a telescope
Liam Neeley '23
Physics

Physics major Liam Neeley spends his nights looking at the stars as a student worker at the UMass Lowell Schueller Observatory.

With this research, I’m applying what I’ve been learning in class.
Read More About Liam Neeley