Do more than learn how things work. A mechanical applications option teaches you to work across teams, refining and testing applications to provide support and expertise.

The engineering physics program is an ABET-EAC accredited program in general engineering.  Students acquire a deep knowledge of physical and mathematical principles and how to apply that knowledge to solve society’s problems. The mechanical applications option provides a core foundation in mechanics and engineering mechanics. 

What You’ll Do  

The interdisciplinary nature of this program means you can work in diversified fields and adapt your skills. The engineering physics program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, the agency that accredits all engineering programs in the U.S., so you know the curriculum and faculty are high quality. 

  • Design a system, component, or process in areas such as economics, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturing, and sustainability. 
  • Gain abilities, techniques, skills, and modern tools necessary for physics and engineering careers. 
  • Develop skills to work in all sectors of the engineering industry including aerospace, automotive, construction, or electronics. 
  • Take the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Exam, which is the first step to becoming a Registered Professional Engineer (PE). About 85% of our seniors pass this exam, which is well above the national average. 

What Can You Do with a Mechanical Applications Degree? 

At Southeast, an engineering physics: mechanical applications degree prepares you for a career because we ensure you have experience on your resume before you even graduate. We have amazing success stories to prove it. Our students gained incredible internships and our alumni are working at some of the world’s most impressive businesses and organizations: 

  • Boeing 
  • Lockheed Martin 
  • NASA 
  • National Geospatial Intelligence Agency 
  • Honeywell FM&T 
  • TG Missouri 
  • Raytheon 
  • Wright Patterson Air Force Base 

Engineering Physics: Mechanical Applications (BS) Degree Map

Explore the courses you'll need to complete your degree.

Outcomes & Careers

  • $74k

    Aerospace Engineering Technician

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual salary for an aerospace engineering technician is $74,410. 




  • $96k

    Industrial Engineer

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual salary for an industrial engineer is $96,350. 



  • $108k

    Sales Engineer

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual salary for a sales engineer is $105,530. 




What You’ll Study

Degree Map

As a mechanical applications major in engineering physics, you’ll be equipped to work in many industries. Faculty will help you develop the skills needed for a competitive job market. You’ll complete a minimum of 120 credit hours to complete this degree, including the general education requirements and at least 39 senior division hours.

Required Courses

  • EP100 Introduction to Engineering (3) 
  • EP240 Circuit Analysis I (3) 
  • EP242 Circuit Analysis II (3) 
  • EP261 Engineering Mech: Statics (3) 
  • EP262 Engineering Mech: Dynamics (3) 
  • EP263 Mechanics of Materials (4) 
  • EP361 Engineering Thermodynamics (3) 
  • EP372 Signals and Systems (3) 
  • EP374 Control Systems (3) 
  • EP462 Materials Science (3) 
  • EP480 Capstone Design I (2) 
  • EP481 Capstone Design II (2) 
  • PH230 General Physics I (5) 
  • PH231 General Physics II (5) 
  • PH345 Experimental Methods I (3) 
  • PH360 Modern Physics (3) 
  • PH371 Electromagnetics (3) 


  • EP350 Mechanical Engineering Design (3) 
  • EP363 Fluid Mechanics (3) 
  • EP365 Heat Transfer (3) 
  • EP463 Numerical and FE Methods (3) 

Additional Requirements: 

A grade of ‘C’ or better is required in each course that is a prerequisite course. 

This sequence of mathematics courses constitutes a minor, but it must be declared. 

  • CH184 General Chemistry I Lab (1) 
  • CH185 General Chemistry (3) 
  • MA140 Analytic Geometry and Calculus I (5) 
  • MA145 Analytic Geometry and Calculus II (4) 
  • MA223 Elementary Probability and Statistics (3) 
  • MA244 Analytic Geometry and Calculus III (4) 
  • MA350 Differential Equations (3) 
  • MN120 Fund of Engr Design Processes (3) 

Choose 3 hours: 

  • EC215 Principles of Microeconomics (3) 
  • MN220 Engineering Economic Analysis (3) 

A high school student interested in majoring in engineering physics should complete four years of mathematics that include trigonometry and an introduction to calculus. Four years of science, which include both chemistry and physics is highly recommended. A strong background in English is essential. 

Some requirements may be fulfilled by coursework in major program.

  • Social and Behavioral Sciences – 6 hours
  • Constitution Requirement – 3 hours
  • Written Communication – 6 hours
  • Oral Communication – 3 hours
  • Natural Sciences – 7 hours (from two disciplines, one to include a lab)
  • Mathematics – 3 hours
  • Humanities & Fine Arts – 9 hours (from at least two disciplines)
  • Additional requirements – 5 hours (to include UI100 for native students)
  • Civics examination

*Many major courses are on a set rotation and dependent on when prerequisites are completed. The actual semester a course is taken may vary based on the rotation.

Freshman Year

Fall Semester (15 Hours)
  • UI100 (1)
  • EP100 (3)
  • MA140 (5)
  • EC215/MN220 (3)
  • General Education (3)
Spring Semester (16 Hours)
  • CH184/CH185 (4)
  • EP240 (3)
  • MA145 (4)
  • PH230/030 (5)

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester (18 Hours)
  • EP242 (3)
  • EP261 (3)
  • MA244 (4)
  • PH231/030 (5)
  • General Education (3)
Spring Semester (16 Hours)
  • EN100 (3)
  • EP262 (3)
  • EP263 (4)
  • MA350 (3)
  • General Education (3)

(Summer courses are encouraged to avoid 18-hour semesters.)

Junior Year

Fall Semester (12 Hours)
  • EC215/MN220 (3)
  • EP361 (3)
  • PH345 (3)
  • General Education (3)
Spring Semester (15 Hours)
  • EP363 (3)
  • EP365 (3)
  • EP462 (3)
  • PH360
  • General Education (3)

Senior Year

Fall Semester (14 Hours)
  • EP372 (3)
  • EP480 (2)
  • MA223 (3)
  • PH371 (3)
  • General Education (3)
Spring Semester (14 Hours)
  • EP350 (3)
  • EP374 (3)
  • EP463 (3)
  • EP481 (2)
  • General Education (3)


The Engineering Physics (Bachelor of Science) Program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.


  • Engineering Accreditation Commission logo for the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology

ABET Accreditation

For information about this program's accreditation, including program education objectives, see accreditation section of the Department of Engineering and Technology's website.

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