According to a recent survey, 31% of physics graduates employed in the private sector work in engineering. The engineering physics program at Mississippi College has been designed to prepare students for these types of jobs by giving students a solid foundation in traditional physics topics while further exploring how these topics are applied in the fields of electrical and mechanical engineering. Students will also receive training in a variety of computer tools relevant to engineering and science based applications such as Fortran and C++ programming languages, Matlab, Microsoft Excel, and PSPICE.
Faculty members teaching Engineering Physics courses hold advanced degrees in the fields of physics, electrical engineering, and engineering mechanics. These faculty members have research experiences ranging from the study of thermal and radar signatures of terrain and man-made structures, the dielectric properties of soils, the amount of electric charge transferred by lightning flashes, lightning energies, the role of lightning currents in the global electric circuit, Raman spectroscopy, and infrared spectroscopy.
To obtain a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Physics, students are required to pass fifty-six hours of physics and engineering science course work, fifty-three of these hours being in selected core physics and engineering science courses and at least three hours in a technical elective course. Twelve hours of calculus, three hours of differential equations, eight hours of chemistry, six hours of computer programming, three hours of oral communication, and seven hours of additional electives (technical or non-technical) are also required to reach the 130 hours required for graduation.