Engineering Physics

Sallee Klein, Senior Engineer in Research at Michigan Engineering, is looking at targets for high-energy laser experiments that will study how radiation affects the evolution of a strong shock wave, which is relevant to phenomenon occurring in accretion disks and inertial confinement fusion systems. Sallee Klein makes the targets for the research performed by Carolyn Kuranz, the Director, Center for Laboratory Astrophysics and Associate Professor, Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences and Applied Physics at the University of Michigan.


Basic physics is an integral part of every engineering curriculum. However, the sophistication of many areas of engineering, coupled with the staggering rate of technological advance, has created a need for engineers with much stronger backgrounds in math and physics—people who can work in an engineering environment and who are capable of applying advanced physics concepts to bring innovations to the marketplace. For example, the development of the computer closely followed the invention of the transistor. Consider the number of other physical phenomena (lasers, nuclear reactors, semiconductors, nuclear magnetic resonance, particle accelerators, etc.) that have been developed by engineers into modern technologies.

Engineering Physics is particularly attractive to those students who may attend graduate school, even if they have not yet decided on a particular field. An advanced physics and mathematics background, coupled with an engineering curriculum, is excellent preparation for most graduate engineering programs and for traditional physics or applied physics programs. Additionally, for those students that are seeking industry careers after their undergraduate degrees, the Engineering Physics curriculum offers the opportunity to focus in an advanced engineering area while developing a strong fundamental physics foundation.

Engineering Physics meets the stated needs by providing a thorough curriculum in basic and advanced engineering courses combined with sufficient physics and mathematics to be equivalent to a traditional degree in physics. A unique feature of the curriculum is the elective sequence of engineering courses that the student elects in a specialized field of engineering. This sequence of courses is chosen by the student (with the advisor’s input and approval) in any field of interest, such as quantum computing, data science, microprocessor design, plasma science and technology, electro-optics, computational methods or bioengineering, to name just a few. With 42 credit hours of electives in math, engineering, and physics, the student has a high degree of flexibility and opportunity for exploring or specializing in fields of their interest. Many Engineering Physics students also take advantage of the extensive research opportunities on campus, in both the engineering and science departments.

The Engineering Physics degree program is administered by the Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences Department.

Program Administration

Faculty Program Advisors

Carolyn Kuranz
2911 Cooley Laboratory

Undergraduate Program Manager

Michelle Sonderman
1919 Cooley Laboratory

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Mission Statement


To provide students with a high-quality education that prepares them for careers in engineering and science.


To educate students in the scientific fundamentals as well as in an engineering discipline of their choice, to provide the depth and breadth required to adapt to changes in technology.

Enrollment and Graduation Data

The University Registrar publishes the number of students enrolled annually in this program, and the number of degrees granted each term by this program.


Faculty Program Advisor
Carolyn Kuranz
2911 Cooley
(734) 615-6282

Undergraduate Program Manager 
Michelle Sonderman
1919 Cooley
(734) 936-3130

Undergraduate Degree Program

Sample Schedule

B.S.E. in Engineering Physics

Not an ABET-accredited program. Please see the PDF version of the sample schedule. Additional information can be found on the NERS Department website.