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Bachelor of Science in Engineering Physics accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,, under the General Criteria and the Engineering, General Engineering, Engineering Physics, Engineering Science and Similarly Named Program Criteria.

Michael Santos

Director and Charles L. Blackburn Professor in Engineering Physics


  • Fellow of the American Physical Society
  • Patent and Innovation
  • Regents' Award for Superior Research & Creative Activity
  • Presidential Professorship
  • NSF Career Award


B.S. 1986 Cornell University

Ph.D. 1992 Princeton University


Ph: (405) 325-3961 ext. 36141
Office: 141 Nielsen Hall


Engineering Physics History

The Engineering Physics Program at the University of Oklahoma is one of the oldest of its kind in the nation.

Established in 1924, the Engineering Physics program makes use of the extensive teaching and research facilities of both the Gallogly College of Engineering and the Homer L. Dodge Department of Physics and Astronomy in the College of Arts and Sciences.

The engineering physicist is interested not only in understanding physical phenomena and the underlying principles, but also in applying this knowledge to the solution of a broad range of challenges. As the miniaturization of transistors, lasers and memory elements continues, understanding of their operation increasingly requires knowledge of quantum mechanics, statistical mechanics and other aspects of nanoscience.

An engineering physics graduate has many options upon graduation. One possibility is that of employment with a computer chip manufacturer as a process engineer whose job is to improve the operation and yield of semiconductor devices. 

The curriculum includes the basic courses that are common to an engineering degree, as well as those of a degree in physics. Coursework includes a block of upper-division physics courses, and a planned sequence of advanced courses in one of the engineering disciplines that fulfills the design/synthesis requirements of an engineering degree. Coursework includes electronics, engineering computing, structure and properties of materials, electromagnetism and optics, modern physics and quantum physics, physical mechanics, fluid mechanics, statistical physics and thermodynamics, an extensive mathematical preparation, and in-depth laboratory skills. This curriculum is designed to develop sufficient depth in both engineering skills and physics knowledge to produce engineers capable of working at the cutting edge of developing technologies and contribute to new fields as they emerge.