An alternative pathway to a career in engineering, a major or minor in engineering physics equips you with the fundamentals of the field, together with the freedom to pursue your interest in physics and other sciences. The focus of the program is engineering mechanics and you’ll also take coursework in computer science, environmental studies, chemistry, or biology, widening the scope of your learning for future employment and graduate school. 

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In and Beyond the Classroom

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Learning is hands-on with collaborative, small-group problem-solving happening in class. Engineering physics majors take at least seven classes that include a laboratory component during which students conduct experiments where the material learned during classroom lectures is brought to life. And there’s ample opportunity for individual project work too, like senior capstones, independent study, or summer research through the Schapiro Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program.

advising and mentorship

Wondering if engineering or engineering physics is the path for you? You’ll meet one-on-one with our faculty to build a pathway that matches your goals – whether it’s a career or graduate school after you leave RMC. The close relationship you will build with our faculty is a hallmark of the engineering experience. With their help, you will graduate ready to communicate your ideas with non-engineering majors, think critically, and act ethically in the field. 


Engineering physics majors recently completed internships at locations including: 

  • NASA – Wallops Island Flight Facility (Rocket Launch)
  • Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, Currency Technology Office
  • Schnabel Geotechnical Engineering (Civil Engineering firm)
  • Dominion Energy
  • Naval Research Lab
Engineering physics students on-site in Guatemala digging in a dirt hill

Global Education

Students in the Engineering Physics course Engineering for Developing Areas traveled to Guatemala where they designed a solution to a water erosion problem. A soccer field built at 11,000 feet was washing away. The students surveyed the field, determined the direction of the water flow, and developed a solution including a series of drawings.  The solution was later implemented by a team from Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church.

  • 30%
    of engineering physics graduates were women (above national average)
  • 1
    wind tunnel is one of the many cool tools used in our labs
  • 50%
    of engineering physics graduates were student-athletes
Two engineering students with a laptop and measuring equipment in a classroom while a professor supervises students in the background.

Engineering Physics
in full
Courses You Won’t Want to Miss

(A very small sample)

EPHY 255

Engineering Mechanics: Dynamics

Learn the rigid-body mechanics associated with accelerating objects in one, two, and three dimensions. Using a problem-solving approach, you’ll learn the theory of coordinate system transformations, Newton’s Laws, work-energy, impulse and momentum, periodic motion, and coupled oscillations (vibrations).

EPHY 300

Mechanics of Solids

Study the stress, deformation, and failure of solid materials. Learn the fundamentals of stress, strain, and elastic theory, and the material properties and deformations caused by shear, bending, torsion, and axial loads.

PHYS 205

Modern Physics

Study the developments in 20th century physics including the theory of special relativity, black-body radiation, the photoelectric effect, wave particle duality, and introductory quantum physics. 

Opportunities Worth Grabbing

Popular activities and programs among engineering physics majors
Two engineering students working on project in class

Macon Women Engineers

Student-run club, celebrating female engineers

Society of Physics

The premier club for students in Physics and related fields, liaising with the member societies of the American Institute of Physics

Sigma Pi Sigma

The Physics Honor Society

From Here To What you can do with an Engineering Physics degree from RMC.

Haylie Moore '19

Haylie Moore ’19

Product Development Engineer
ICU Medical

“RMC helped prepare me for my career as an Engineer because of the close net community/YJ family. The close relationships I had with my professors taught me how to ask questions and not be afraid to ask for help. This helped me in my career to not be afraid to approach other people or higher-ups within the company if I had a question or needed help with a project.”

Jacob Hickman ’18

Project Manager
NASA Wallops Test Facility 

Harley Marrocco ’15

Naval Surface Warfare Center – Dahlgren Division

Emma Tiernan ’19

Doctoral Candidate, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
University of Virginia

Erin Lee ’22

Master’s Candidate, Civil Engineering
Virginia Tech

Derek Marsilio ’22

Student, Certificate in Sustainable Enterprise
University of Vermont Grossman School of Business

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