Engineering Physics

Dr. James H. Craig
Department Chair
jcraig@bradley.edu

The Degree
One of only two dozen or so such programs in the country, Bradley’s engineering physics major combines the applied analysis and design of engineering with the theories and fundamentals of physics. Students majoring in Engineering Physics receive a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Engineering Physics. This degree is offered through the cooperation of the faculties of the Department of Physics and the College of Engineering and Technology. The curriculum combines specified core courses and general education requirements with courses focusing on specific engineering topics.
Bradley’s engineering curriculum is supported by a high-tech campus with state-of-the-art laboratory and computer facilities that utilize the latest in hardware and software technologies. U.S.News & World Report consistently ranks Bradley’s engineering programs among the nation’s finest.

Facilities Available to Undergraduates through the College of Engineering and Technology:

  • Burkes Design Center
  • Fluid Mechanics Lab
  • SAE Lab
  • Instrumentation and Microprocessors Lab
  • Materials Testing and Modeling Lab
  • PC Lab
  • Projects (Engines) Lab
  • Robotics Lab
  • Thermal (Heat Transfer) Lab
  • Sun Workstation Lab

Facilities Available to Undergraduates through the Department of Physics

  • Electronics Laboratory
  • Optics and Holography Lab
  • Darkroom
  • Machine Shop
  • Student study room for physics majors
  • Surface Physics/Materials Science Research Laboratories

Curriculum
Students in Bradley’s Engineering Physics program are exposed to a wide variety of faculty expertise. Class sizes are small with faculty and students becoming closely associated during the educational process. Accordingly, professional guidance and mentoring is assured and many lasting friendships develop.

Upon entering the University, Engineering Physics students work closely with an academic advisor to develop a four-year sequence of courses that form a curriculum with a particular emphasis. This emphasis is tailored to each student’s individual interests and abilities.

Opportunities at Bradley
Outside of the classroom, Bradley Engineering Physics majors enjoy many co-curricular and cooperative learning experiences, including a comprehensive honors program and an ongoing lecture series. Engineering Physics majors may also participate in Bradley’s Study Abroad Program, Bradley Fellows, and a variety of student organizations.

Beyond Bradley
Graduates of the program are prepared for graduate study in physics, engineering, and related fields, as well as careers in industry and government. Like most engineers employed in research and development, engineering physicists are involved in designing and developing new technologies.