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Engineering Physics


(Tracks:  Electrical, Mechanical, Biomedical and Advanced Physics)


Program Educational Objectives – Student Outcomes – Program Metrics


The Engineering Physics program combines a broad education in physics, mathematics, chemistry, and computing with a solid foundation in the engineering sciences and engineering design. The result is a graduate who is prepared to work in a rapidly changing environment where several scientific and engineering disciplines overlap.


Murray State University's Engineering Physics degree is accredited by the:


Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET

111 Market Place, Suite 1050

Baltimore, MD 21202-4012 - telephone: (410)347-7700


Recognition by this organization has been earned by fewer than 20 Engineering Physics programs nationwide. Graduates are eligible to sit for the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) examination, the first step in proceeding to licensure as a Professional Engineer (PE).


Along with completing the core curriculum, each engineering physics student may select a track in electrical, mechanical, or biomedical engineering, or in advanced physics. You will learn techniques in solving engineering problems, and you will develop the applied background to attack new engineering challenges creatively.


The Program Educational Objectives and Student Outcomes for the Engineering Physics program describe the characteristics of graduates in the context of their career work environments, and are consistent with MSU’s mission and the needs of our constituencies. The focus of Murray State’s Engineering Physics is a personal and highly-interactive undergraduate education in engineering.

Program Educational Objectives


The Engineering Physics program at Murray State University produces graduates who:


  1. are equipped to function as productive, qualified engineering professionals in entry-level corporate research, development, and production positions. This includes the ability to communicate effectively, work collaboratively, and solve problems creatively.
  2. are able to practice engineering in areas where traditional science and engineering disciplines overlap, utilizing their ability to incorporate significant computational, analytical, and experimental skills in accomplishing the engineering task.
  3. are prepared to successfully enter and complete programs of graduate study in one of several engineering fields as well as in physics.
  4. are aware of their responsibility to contribute to society as ethical, socially conscious practitioners of their profession.

Student Outcomes


Graduates of the Engineering Physics program at MSU will attain:

  1. an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering;
  2. an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data;
  3. an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability;
  4. an ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams;
  5. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems;
  6. an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility;
  7. an ability to communicate effectively;
  8. the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental and societal context;
  9. a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning;
  10. a knowledge of contemporary issues;
  11. an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice;
  12. a competence in the use of computational tools and in the use of a high-level programming language; and
  13. a depth of knowledge in calculus-based physics at an advanced level.

Program Metrics

Enrollment and Graduation Data for the MSU Engineering Physics Program

Academic Year

Fall (October) Enrollment

Engineering Physics Graduates








Contact Information:

Dr. Ted Thiede, Engineering Program Coordinator                 Dr.  Danny Claiborne, Chair

Institute of Engineering                                                                  Institute of Engineering

Murray State University                                                                   Murray State University

tthiede@murraystate.edu                                                              dclaiborne@murraystate.edu

(270) 809-4918                                                                                (270) 809-6910

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