Cooperative Engineering students at the University of St. Thomas - Houston conduct research in the labEngineers are creators and inventors who solve complex, real-world problems using science and math. For every building constructed and new technology invented, an engineer has left their mark. Will you be next?

Engineering Physics prepares students to solve challenges in Engineering with Applied Physics and viceversa. The BS Engineering Physics program is ideal for students who have an interest in both fields and seek employment in engineering disciplines that require a deeper knowledge of physical principles, such as aerospace, nanotechnology, computing and nuclear science or those students who intend to pursue a graduate degree in Engineering. The program provides students with a solid foundation in physics, mathematics, problem solving and engineering design skills. You’ll enjoy an array of opportunities— from traditional classroom and laboratory settings, to hands-on research and design experiences.

Apply to UST’s Engineering program to make a lasting impact on the world.

As a Pre-Engineering student, you'll have the opportunity to earn two degrees in five years, a B.S. in the engineering discipline of your choice from a partner or collaborating school and a B.S. in Engineering Physics from UST.

Female student in Cooperative Engineering lab class at the University of St. Thomas - HoustonFollowing a 3/2 plan, you'll study for three years at UST, building a foundational knowledge of engineering and science while gaining a quality liberal arts education. During this time, you'll follow an individualized plan that includes the prerequisites needed for the engineering program at your chosen school.

You'll then transfer to complete the last two years of your engineering degree at one of our partner schools. We have well-established articulation agreements with the University of Notre Dame and the Catholic University of America. You can also transfer to a collaborating school in Texas after three years or choose to complete your education at UST and graduate with a BS Engineering-Physics degree after four years.

Complete your engineering degree at one of UST's partner schools:

  • Catholic University of America
  • University of Notre Dame

Engineering Physics is a relatively new field in engineering. If you have a strong interest in both engineering and physics, this program prepares you to design, develop and apply new solutions in engineering, from research and development to education, medicine, law and business. The program culminates with Capstone Engineering Design classes in the 4th year, where you’ll work in a small group on one project from idea to design to realization.

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This program is best if you want to earn two engineering degrees, one from UST and one from a partner school. After completing 3 years in the B.S. in Engineering Physics program at UST, you can complete your engineering degree at a partner school, then apply for a UST degree as well.

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Nationwide Demand For Engineers

Logos of companies where alumni of University of St. Thomas - Houston Cooperative Engineering program work Nationwide, engineers are in high demand, and our Pre-Engineering students can choose from a wide variety of specialties, including chemical, civil, electrical, industrial, mechanical, nuclear and technological engineering.

Choosing UST’s BS Engineering Physics program opens up a future of excellent job opportunities right around the corner. UST is located at the epicenter of the job market for engineers. Not only does Texas boast the #1 average median salary for STEM careers, Houston, the energy capital of the world, is the #2 job market for engineers in the United States, according to Forbes Magazine.

where can studying engineering take me?

Joe Bedell, University of St. Thomas - Houston BA in Mathematics 2014

UST prepared me for the challenges of engineering school, and helped me grow mentally and spiritually.


Women in Engineering Shine at UST
  • Over 30% of the students in UST’s physics and engineering program are women, remarkable among universities.
  • Half the UST physics and engineering faculty members are women, serving as strong role models for women in engineering careers.
  • Studying and working alongside other women helps you visualize your own success, making you more competitive as a woman in science.

50% of physics minors at the University of St. Thomas - Houston are women

Physics and engineering faculty members are women.