The Engineering Physics program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, which is the sole accrediting body for engineering programs in the United States (see: http://www.abet.org/) This means that graduates of this program are able to enter immediately into graduate programs in physics and engineering. They are also able to take the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam, which is the first step toward becoming a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Missouri. After four years of creditable engineering experience, they are then eligible to take the Principles and Practice of Engineering Exam, which leads to an official license to practice engineering.
Engineering Physics is an interdisciplinary degree program combining the study of physics and engineering into one curriculum. Students acquire a deep knowledge of physical and mathematical principles and also learn how to apply this knowledge to meeting the needs of society. The interdisciplinary nature of this program produces graduates who can work in many diversified fields and who can easily adapt their skills to the needs of their employers.
The Engineering Physics program offers three options, all of which combine the core of physics with the core of an engineering discipline. The Computer Applications option combines the core of physics with the core of computer engineering.
High School Preparation for Engineering Physics Major: To prepare for an engineering physics major, students should plan ahead by taking necessary preparatory courses in high school. Students should complete four years of mathematics that includes trigonometry and an introduction to calculus. Four years of science, which includes both chemistry and physics, is also highly recommended. A strong background in English is essential.