Engineering Physics

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The Engineering Physics program, led by top Engineering and Physics faculty, prepares students for careers at the pinnacle of emerging technologies. extensive physics training plus expertise in a variety of Engineering disciplines provides career flexibility.


Engineering Physics at KU is one of
only 22 ABET-accredited engineering
physics programs in the country.

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Engineering Physics students have opportunities

Explore a variety of lab experiences, including Jayhawk Motorsports, aircraft design, or renewable energy.

Students working with the applied physics research group are developing novel components for solar cells, synthesizing and testing organic-inorganic hybrid polymer systems for flexible electronics, and designing components for the next generation of quantum computers.

Research opportunities with national and international collaborations include understanding the constituents of dark matter and dark energy, developing and testing new cosmological theories for the origin and fate of the universe, and computationally modeling the black holes at the center of galaxies


Whether it’s understanding the science underlying engineering or learning how to apply fundamental science to technology, KU’s Engineering Physics Program provides a unique opportunity for students to study engineering and physics simultaneously and thoroughly. It prepares students equally well for immediate careers in industry or for pursuit of graduate degrees in physics or engineering. From nanoscience and renewable energy research to the study of particle physics at the Large Hadron Collider to the development of new astrophysical models for the origins of the universe, this program offers a unique breadth and depth of opportunities.

KU Engineering Physics Students

Who Hires KU Engineering Physics Graduates?

  • Atonix Digital
  • Ball Aerospace
  • Becton Dickinson
  • Bombardier
  • Colgate-Palmolive
  • Collins Aerospace
  • ExxonMobil Corporation
  • Garmin International
  • Halliburton
  • Intel
  • L3 Harris
  • Northrop Grumman
  • Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • Sierra Nevada Corporation
  • Spirit AeroSystems
  • Stinger Ghaffarian
  • Tinker Air Force Base
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • U.S. Marine Corps
  • Aerospace and avionics
  • Biotechnology
  • Defense contractors
  • Design and consulting firms
  • Electronics industry
  • Government agencies
  • Industrial research and development
  • Manufacturing

The starting salary for Engineering Physics graduates varies by concentration and industry.

2019 KU graduates earned up to: $65,000

*Salaries from the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE)