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Engineering Physics BS

(HEGIS: 09.19 ENGINEERING PHYSICS, CIP: 14.1201 Engineering Physics)

Why study Engineering Physics BS at UB?

This program leads to a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering physics and is intended for those students whose interests center on the more fundamental aspects of electrical engineering and physics, but who also wish to have extensive contact with the applied aspects (instrumentation, circuit design) of those subjects. The program is designed such that a student can pursue a graduate program in electrical engineering or applied physics, depending on their interest. This course of study provides students with a unique combination of the fundamental principles of modern electronics, as well as a thorough education in electrical measurements and instrumentation. This program has a heavy mathematical and computational focus.

Learning Outcomes

Program Educational Objectives

Engineering Physics graduates are prepared to attain the following program educational objectives within a few years of graduation:

  • Graduates of the program will be able to use their fundamental aspects of electrical engineering and physics in careers in industry or government or graduate programs in either electrical engineering or physics.
  • Graduates of the program will continue to learn through advanced study or engagement in professional development activities within physics, electrical engineering or other technically related fields.

The Learning Environment

The School of Engineering and Applied Sciences offers 11 engineering programs leading to the degree of bachelor of science (BS) degree: aerospace, biomedical, chemical, civil, computer, electrical, engineering science, environmental, industrial, material science, and mechanical engineering.

Seven combined BS/MBA programs are offered in conjunction with the School of Management. BA, BS, and BS/MS degrees in computer science are offered through the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. BS/MS degrees are offered through the Departments of Biomedical and Electrical Engineering. A BS degree in engineering physics is offered jointly with the Department of Physics. A BS degree in bioinformatics and computational biology is an interdisciplinary program offered jointly with the College of Arts and Sciences. Minors are offered in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Manufacturing, Robotics, Human Factors and Ergonomics Engineering, Operations Research, and Quality Engineering. Additionally, a certificate is offered in Data Intensive Computing. The Department of Materials Design and Innovation (MDI) has the only joint-accelerated Chemistry BS/MDI MS program in the nation, which allows students to complete an undergraduate and graduate degree in less than five years.

The curricula allow students flexibility in their programs of study and encourages interaction between students and faculty. The undergraduate educational experience prepares students for professional practice and advanced study. Special programs including our experiential learning program, undergraduate research, and internship opportunities provide professional development skills and experiences and facilitate placement of our graduates in high-quality engineering positions.

About Our Facilities

The School of Engineering and Applied Sciences occupies six buildings on UB's north campus: Bell, Bonner, Davis, Furnas, Jarvis, and Ketter Hall.

Together, these buildings form an outstanding educational and research facility, comprising 275,000 square feet of laboratory and office space.

The Department of Physics (PHY) located in Fronczak Hall contains offices, a research library, and 500 research and instructional lab stations designed for study of theoretical, high-energy, low temperature, and solid state physics. There are also two astronomy observatories located on the roof of the building which house telescopes used by the Physics department and the Astronomy Club in pursuit of their academic and research aims.

The Department of Electrical Engineering (EE) provides its students with a computing laboratory equipped with state of the art software, continuously maintained and upgraded teaching laboratories for electronic circuit design and analysis, as well as an embedded systems laboratory funded by Intel. The department is located in Davis Hall, which includes a 5,000 square foot, grade 1,000 cleanroom facility that enables research in nanotechnology with state-of-the-art equipment, which allows for photolithography, metal deposition and dry chemical etching.

About Our Faculty

The Directors of Undergraduate Studies for this program are Dr. Kevin Burke, EE Co-Director of Undergraduate Studies who can be contacted by email, 716-645-3115, or 230N Davis Hall, and Professor John Cerne, PHY Director of Undergraduate Studies, who can be contacted by email, 716-645-6730 or 3645, or 209 Fronczak Hall.

Please see the Department of Electrical Engineering faculty listing for descriptions of the specializations of our faculty in Engineering. Some of the distinctions received by our electrical engineering faculty include: Tau Beta Pi Teacher of the Year, Milton Plesur Excellence in Teaching Award, and the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching.

The physics faculty is comprised of approximately equal number of theorists and experimentalists. Five physics faculty members have received the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, and eight are Fellows of the American Physical Society.

Faculty List Directory

Please visit the — Electrical Engineering department website and the Physics department website — for additional information about our faculty.

Career Outlook

People with degrees in engineering physics typically pursue careers in teaching, research, or some combination of the two. Teaching can be at the high school, community college, college, or university level. University teachers generally also engage in research. People who pursue a non-teaching research career work in industries, such as the computer chip and other electronic high-technology industries, or work in national labs.

Approximately 90% of engineering physics students go on to graduate school, mostly in physics and/or related research engineering fields, but a significant number go into other areas such as law, medicine, biophysics, and medical physics. Our students regularly get into outstanding graduate schools such as Princeton, Cornell, University of Chicago, MIT, and UB.

Academic Advising

Students obtain academic advice and guidance from the academic advisors in the SEAS Office of Undergraduate Education (410 Bonner Hall) and from faculty advisors in their program of study. The Office of Undergraduate Education advises all students throughout their first two years of study. In the junior and senior years, students seek advisement primarily from departmental faculty advisors.

Students are encouraged to consult with one of the directors of undergraduate studies with program questions regarding the sequence of requirements, technical electives and career opportunities starting in the spring of their sophomore year.

Academic Advising Contact Information

SEAS Office of Undergraduate Education
410 Bonner Hall
North Campus, Buffalo, NY 14260-1900
Phone: 716-645-2774
School of Engineering and Applied Sciences website

For questions about Physics courses, please contact:

Dr. John Cerne
Director of Undergraduate studies

For questions about SEAS or Electrical Engineering Courses, please contact:

Dr. Kevin M. Burke
Co-Director of Undergraduate Studies

Scholarships and Financial Support

There are many scholarships, fellowships and other funding opportunities available for students accepted into the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. These include recruitment scholarships and annual scholarships/awards for current students. There are both merit and need-based scholarships.

View School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Scholarships

All scholarships are currently offered through UB's scholarship portal

Associated Programs

Associated Subjects

Published: Nov 16, 2022 15:55:35