Stephen F. Austin

Engineering Physics

This 4-year Bachelor of Science Degree is designed for students seeking innovative careers in high-tech areas where multiple engineering disciplines merge. The Engineering Physics (EP) program is the study of the combined disciplines of physics, engineering and mathematics in order to develop an understanding of the interrelationships of these three disciplines. The educational objective is to address the needs of students seeking innovative careers in high-tech areas where multiple engineering disciplines merge (e.g. electro-mechanical industries), or nontraditional engineering disciplines. The majority of graduates of EP programs have entered industry in such diverse areas as mechanical controls, digital and analog electronics, nuclear instrumentation, software development and manufacturing process control. Others have chosen to attend graduate school in either engineering or physics programs.

To learn more about our engineering programs, make an appointment with Dr. Dan Bruton:


We are currently going through the process of applying for accreditation by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology ( In support of our ABET accreditation efforts, the department frequently reviews objectives, outcomes, and curricula, with input from advisory board members, employers, faculty, staff, alumni, and students.
The ABET evaluation team completed their SFA site visit on October 22-24, 2017 for the Engineering Physics program. The official accreditation status of this program will be announced by ABET in August of 2018 after the review process is complete.

Career Opportunities

The majority of graduates of Engineering Physics programs have entered industry. While the type of work is fairly broad, nearly all Engineering Physics graduates carry some form of engineering title (e.g. applications engineer, process engineer, electronics engineer, manufacturing engineer, etc.). Many graduates are involved in electronics design, mechanical design, or even software design while others work in manufacturing concerned with Quality Control and still others are in Research & Development. Engineering Physics majors would tend to work on forefront ideas in technology and science, in either industry or academia. Areas might include energy (photovoltaics, battery technology, fuel cells, ...), transportation, quantum information science, semiconductors, materials development, biophysics, or medical physics. A brief list of companies who have hired graduates of Engineering Physics programs includes: John Deere, Caterpillar, Cutler Hammer, Sundstrand, Cummins, IBM, Oshkosh Truck, ASI, Honeywell, Rockwell Collins, Pella, LASX, McCain Foods, Lockheed Martin, MPC, and NASA.

Engineering License

Graduates from our Engineering Physics program can become a licensed Professional Engineer (PE) in Texas after passing the licensing exams and completing the required years of experience. Graduates from an engineering program can be employed without an engineering license. However, there are benefits to obtaining a license after graduation. To be eligible for a professional engineering license, engineers must have achieved certain professional milestones. They must have earned an engineering education, performed certain levels of engineering work experience, and passed specific examinations. Although some of these milestones are quite specific, there are limitless combinations of education, experience, and examinations that the Board can consider acceptable for a license. The Texas Board of Professional Engineers (TBPE) has provided a table, basic information, and a FAQ that outlines the requirements for a license. Note that criminal history record checks are required by the TBPE for all new engineering license applications.

Department of Physics, Engineering, and Astronomy, P.O. Box 13044 SFA Station, Nacogdoches, TX 75962-3044 - Office: (936)468-3001
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