Engineering Physics

Many of today’s engineering challenges occur at the boundaries of traditional engineering disciplines. Engineering Physics 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, Recognition by this organization has been earned by only 22 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). The Program Educational Objectives for the Engineering Physics program describe the characteristics of graduates in the context of their career work environments, and are consistent with Murray State’s mission and the needs of our constituencies.

At the heart of the engineering physics curriculum are core courses in electrical engineering, mechanical engineering and physics. 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.


Courses Total Hours
University Studies Requirements 46 hours
Must include: ECO 231 Principles of Microeconomics  
Core Courses 52 hours
CHE 201 General College Chemistry  
EGR 099 Transitions  
EGR 101 Introduction to Engineering  
EGR 140 Introduction to Computing Applications in Science and Engineering  
EGR 240 Thermodynamics I  
EGR 259 Statics  
EGR 264 Linear Circuits I  
EGR 330 Dynamics  
EGR 363 Circuits, Signals, and Systems  
EGR 375 Materials Science  
EGR 390 Engineering Measurements  
EGR 460 Electricity and Magnetism I  
EGR 498 Senior Engineering Design I  
EGR 499 Senior Engineering Design II  
MAT 250 Calculus and Analytic Geometry I  
MAT 308 Calculus and Analytic Geometry II  
MAT 309 Calculus and Analytic Geometry III  
MAT 338 Ordinary Differential Equations  
PHY 235 Mechanics, Heat and Wave Motion  
PHY 236 Mechanics, Heat and Wave Motion Laboratory  
PHY 255 Electricity, Magnetism and Light  
PHY 256 Electricity, Magnetism and Light Laboratory  
PHY 370 Introduction to Modern Physics  
PHY 470 Optics  
Mathematics Depth Elective 3-4 hours
Each student must complete a mathematics depth elective chosen from a departmental list of approved depth electives, or as approved by the department chair. Students with a Biomedical Engineering track must take STA 135, MAT 540, or MAT 560 for this elective.
Technical Electives 18-29 hours
Each student must complete 18 hours of technical electives. A minimum of 12 technical elective credit hours must be obtained from EGR courses. Completion of a track is encouraged but not required.
EGR 388 International Experience in Engineering  
EGR 388 International Experience in Engineering  
EGR 488 Cooperative Education/Internship  
EGR 489 Cooperative Education/Internship  
EGR 515 Special Topics  
EGR 520 Independent Study  
Unrestricted Electives  0-2 hours
Total course requirements 121-131 Total Hours

Track options

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Advanced Physics Track

The advanced physics track allows students to apply core physics and engineering principles to fields that require a more in-depth background and application of physics. As engineering physics majors, these students learn the basic principles of design, development and application that are needed for success as an engineer. Additionally, these engineers have the ability to solve problems that require detailed understanding of the underlying physics of modern processes. Some of the applicable systems and processes include optical instrumentation, lasers, electromagnetic systems, solid state devices, micro-instrumentation and sensors, and space systems among many others.

Complete three of the following:

  • PHY 316 Introduction to Astro and Space Physics
  • PHY 450 Laser Physics
  • EGR 461 Electricity and Magnetism II
  • PHY 530 Mechanics I
  • PHY 535 Introduction to Quantum Physics
  • PHY 575 Solid State Physics
  • PHY 580 Modern Physics I
  • PHY 583 Applied Optics
  • PHY 488 Cooperative Education/Internship
  • PHY 489 Cooperative Education/Internship
  • PHY 515 Special Topics
  • PHY 520 Independent Study
  • PHY 599 Senior Research

Electrical Engineering Track

Specializing in the electrical engineering track allows students to pursue careers in a variety of industries, including aerospace, automotive, computers, defense, energy, instrumentation, and telecommunications among many others. As a group, electrical and computer engineering comprise the largest engineering discipline. Electrical engineering involves the analysis, design, development, production, control, operation and service of electrical devices. Some of these systems include wired and wireless communication, computing, digital control, power electronics, remote sensing, robotics, and signal processing among many others.

Complete at least four of the following courses:

  • EGR 360 Electric Machines
  • EGR 365 Linear Circuits II
  • EGR 366 Analog Electronics
  • EGR 376 Computational Analysis in Engineering
  • EGR 378 Logic Design I
  • EGR/PHY 461 Electricity and Magnetism II
  • EGR 468 Digital Signal Processing

Mechanical Engineering Track

Specializing in the mechanical engineering track allows students to pursue careers in a variety of industries, including agricultural, aerospace, automotive, defense, energy, manufacturing, marine, nuclear, and petroleum, among many others. Mechanical engineering is one of the largest and broadest engineering disciplines and involves the analysis, design, development, production, control, operation and service of mechanical devices. Some of these devices include engines, handling systems, control systems, machine tools, and thermal systems like heating, ventilation and air conditioning.

Complete at least four of the following courses:

  • EGR 340 Wave Analysis of Dynamic Systems
  • EGR 342 Thermodynamics II
  • EGR 344 Fluid Mechanics
  • EGR 346 Heat Transfer
  • EGR 359 Mechanics of Materials
  • EGR 459 Mechanical Design
  • ITD 102 CAD Applications