Jul 21, 2024  
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2024-25 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2024-25

Engineering Physics Major (B.S.) [offered through Honors Tutorial College]

Major Code BS1962*

Honors Tutorial College  
35 Park Place
Athens, OH 45701
Phone: 740.593.2723

David Tees, director of studies/contact person

Program Overview

The HTC engineering physics program is for students interested in physics with an orientation toward applications, or for those who are interested in engineering, but would like a deep understanding of fundamentals. Often such students work on problems that do not lie in a traditional branch of engineering. The requirements for the engineering physics program are the same as those from the physics major in HTC, but students also take a series of courses in one or more engineering disciplines. It should be noted that such a degree will generally NOT satisfy the accreditation criteria of the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET). On the other hand, there is more flexibility in designing a curriculum to meet individual interests. For students that do courses mostly in one engineering discipline, it is possible to declare a major in that engineering discipline and stay for a fifth year to do the senior design project in the engineering discipline and complete the requirements for bachelor’s degree in that major. This two-degree program, however, requires students to fulfill the general education requirements for the Russ College of Engineering. The program of courses for students wishing to pursue this option is overseen by the HTC engineering physics director of studies and by an advisor in the engineering discipline.

*This program was previously BS1925 which awarded the Bachelor of Science in Engineering Physics degree. Pending Board of Trustees approval (anticipated June 2024), the new program code will be BS1962 and will award the Bachelor of Science effective the 2024-25 catalog year.


Engineering physics students are strongly encouraged to gain experience as research assistants, either in the Physics and Astronomy Department’s laboratories or through temporary internships at other universities, research centers or national labs. Research work usually begins in the third or fourth year, though opportunities can sometimes arise earlier, and often become the basis of the student’s senior thesis. Research opportunities are available in the Department in the following areas:

  • Condensed Matter and Surface Science: creating, studying, and simulating the properties of existing or new substances, such as thin magnetic films, semiconductors and glasses.
  • Nuclear and Particle Physics: investigating how the basic building blocks of matter interact with each other, and how they combine to form the elements we know.
  • Biophysics: using experimental techniques and computer modeling to understand processes in living systems, including cell adhesion and interacting neurons.

Opportunities may also be found with faculty in the Russ College of Engineering. In addition, advanced students interested in teaching can sometimes be given paid appointments as teaching assistants.

Admissions Information

Freshman/First-Year Admission

Students are selected by the Honors Tutorial College and the Physics and Astronomy Tutorial Board on the basis of superior academic ability and the potential for self-motivated study and research. Applicants typically are required to submit additional essays, and an interview with the director of studies is required for admission. More information, including materials and deadlines, is available at www.ohio.edu/honors/tutorial-college/apply.

Change of Program Policy

First-year students at Ohio University may apply to transfer into the tutorial programs offered by the Physics and Astronomy Department and the Honors Tutorial College. These students must meet the same entrance requirements as entering HTC freshmen. 

Students in the HTC physics or HTC astrophysics programs who wish to change to HTC engineering physics should contact the director of studies for the HTC engineering physics program.

External Transfer Admission

First-year students at another institution may also apply to transfer into the tutorial programs offered by the Physics and Astronomy Department and the Honors Tutorial College. These students must meet the same entrance requirement as entering HTC freshmen. 

Opportunities Upon Graduation

Recipients of the B.S. degree in engineering physics possess high-level problem-solving skills that can lead to opportunities for employment in research institutions, government or industry. This degree also prepares students for graduate study in physics, applied physics or an engineering discipline.


HTC Grade Requirements

Earn at least 120 semester hours and maintain a GPA of 3.5 or higher overall.

University English Composition Requirement

Complete one Written Communication course (ENG 1510 ) and one Advanced Writing course (FAW).

Quantitative Skills Requirement

Complete the University’s Quantitative Reasoning Requirement. More information can be found by viewing the OHIO BRICKS  page (see Quantitative Reasoning heading within “Foundations Requirements”).

HTC Seminar

First-year students must complete the following course:

Transfer students

Transfer students may substitute an HC special topics seminar for their HC 2500 requirement.

Physics Tutorials

Complete the following tutorials:

Senior Honors Tutorial Thesis or Professional Project

Complete the following tutorial focused on the development and completion of a thesis or professional project:

HTC Thesis Requirement

Approval of a completed thesis or professional project by the advisor, director of studies, and Dean of the College.

Physics Seminar and Labs

Complete the following courses:

Advanced Physics Requirements

Complete the following courses:

Physics Common Mathematics Requirements

Complete the following courses:

Numerical Requirement for Physics

Complete the following course: