Engineering Physics

Bachelor’s Degree

Engineering Physics

Bachelor’s Degree


The Bachelor of Science in Engineering Physics program at Colorado School of Mines combines a deep understanding of science fundamentals with the practical knowledge and skills of engineering practice and design.

In addition to the undergraduate courses that form any solid physics curriculum, students take pre-engineering and engineering courses physics majors at other universities would not normally take. Some of these courses include engineering science, design, systems, summer field session and a capstone senior design sequence culminating in a senior thesis. This unique approach to the study of physics prepares graduates to work at the intersection of science and technology, where new discoveries are being put into practice.

Learn more about our exciting undergraduate program here: Department of Physics website

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More than $6 million in externally funded research every year Two professors recently named as University Distinguished Professors
Nationally recognized faculty Hands-on learning in our world-class research centers


Program Objectives

The program prepares graduates who, based on factual knowledge and other skills necessary to construct an appropriate understanding of physical phenomena in applied contexts, will:

  1. Obtain a range of positions in industry or positions in government facilities or pursue graduate education in engineering, science or related fields
  2. Communicate and perform effectively within the criteria of their chosen careers
  3. Engage in appropriate professional societies and continuing education activities
  4. Participate ethically as members of the global society

Engineering Physics Curriculum

Available Minors

  • Engineering Physics
  • Physics

Suggested careers for physics engineers:

  • Research scientist
  • Data scientist
  • Medical physicist
  • Optical engineer
  • Aerospace engineer
  • Materials scientist
  • Aerospace engineer
  • Nuclear scientist


Our BS Engineering Physics program prepares students to think critically and learn via hands-on research opportunities. As one of the nation’s leading engineering and applied science universities, you’ll experience a campus environment with world-class research facilities, dedicated and passionate faculty, and a student life unlike any other.

Why study engineering physics at Mines? Just take a look:

  • Work with faculty known for their research and teaching achievements
  • Learn hands-on in one of our research centers
  • Benefit from a truly interdisciplinary program with ties to Materials Science and Nuclear Engineering
  • 4+1 combined BS/MS program (earn your BS and master’s in as little as five years)
  • Close industry partnerships with NREL and many other top labs
  • Experience the life of an Oredigger with our traditions like the M Climb and Engineering Days


When you graduate from Colorado School of Mines, you’ll leave with much more than a degree. At Mines, we strive to provide the resources, knowledge and support to ensure that you thrive in your next journey—wherever that may take you. Our undergraduate students leave our engineering physics program with the foundational knowledge, unique set of skills and passion to face the world’s greatest challenges.

A degree in engineering physics can prepare you for a career in a wide range of professional fields. From renewable energies, medical physics to space science, our graduates have gone on to work for some of the top companies both nationally and internationally. And with many close industry partnerships, Mines can help you find the path that’s right for you.


Dr. Lincoln Carr

Dr. Lincoln Carr

Dr. Lincoln Carr serves as a Professor in the Physics department at Mines. With a PhD from University of Washington, Dr. Carr brings a wealth of experience and expertise to our department. His research interests include complexity theory, quantum physics, theoretical condensed matter physics and more.

The recipient of numerous honors and awards, Dr. Carr has received the NSF Career Award and has been honored as a Distinguished International Fellow of the NSF and as a Kavli Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences. He’s honored to mentor an intense, active and diverse research group at Mines.

Cam Webb

Cam Webb

I am a student ambassador in Admissions and I am also involved in the club water polo team. I have been playing since I was eight years old and have loved every minute of it! I’ve also been involved in the Acts of Random Kindness society, which is a student-run club devoted to making everyone’s day just a little happier. It’s been a great opportunity to meet even more friends as well as develop some new social skills!

Engineering Physics Student

Making Mines
More Affordable.

Mines’ financial assistance program awards more than $60 million per year, and over 82 percent of the student body receives some form of financial aid.










Mines by the Numbers

projected job growth for physicists, 2019-2029, Bureau of Labor Statistics

No. 2
Public College with Highest Return on Investment, Money Magazine, 2018

A Student Experience Like no Other

At Mines, we inspire students who are driven to be innovators and advance the knowledge of those who want to address today’s greatest challenges.