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Engineering Physics Major

The Engineering Physics major is designed for students who have an interest in and an aptitude for both engineering and physics.

The program provides students with a firm foundation in physics and mathematics, together with engineering design and problem-solving skills.

This background prepares students to tackle complex problems in multidisciplinary areas that are at the forefront of 21st-century technology, such as aerospace physics, biophysics, computational science, quantum science and engineering, materials science, nanotechnology, electromechanical systems, energy systems, renewable energy, and any engineering field that requires a very solid background in physics. Because the program emphasizes science, mathematics and engineering, students are well prepared to pursue graduate work in engineering or physics.

The Engineering Physics major is summarized in the online version of the School of Engineering section of the Stanford University Bulletin and is described in detail in the School of Engineering Undergraduate Handbook on the Engineering Physics Major page. This section includes a detailed description of the requirements and instructions for how to declare the Engineering Physics majors; elsewhere on the UGHB site you will find template schedules for each of six specialties (4-Year Plans page), program sheets (Program Sheets page), and guidelines on how to pursue and Honors degree in the program (Honors Programs page).


Many School of Engineering, Physics and Applied Physics faculty members serve as advisors in the Engineering Physics program. They are listed below by Engineering Physics specialty.

Engineering Physics majors can apply for support to pursue summer research through the VPUE programs in Engineering or in Physics.

  • Engineering Physics majors who wish to pursue summer research with an Engineering faculty member should approach the faculty member directly to apply through the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program in the School of Engineering.
  • Engineering Physics majors who wish to pursue research with a faculty member in Physics, Applied Physics or SLAC should apply through the Physics / Applied Physics / SLAC Summer Research Program.

Engineering Physics Student Society

See the web page for the Engineering Physics student society -- EPIC. This page contains some four-year plans of alumnae with commentary by the students, examples of research that some of the majors have pursued, and a FAQ page.

For more information

To find out more about the Engineering Physics major and pre-major advising, contact physics Professor Pat Burchat ( or engineering Professor Mark Cappelli.

The student services officer for Engineering Physics is Darlene Lazar, Student Affairs Office, 135 Huang Engineering Center.