Engineering-Physics at Providence College

Why Study in the Department of Engineering and Physics at Providence College? 
The Department of Engineering and Physics offers undergraduate programs designed to prepare individuals for careers in fields such as applied science, engineering, information technology, and research. Students who major in engineering, physics, and physics/secondary education at Providence College benefit from a strong liberal arts foundation that enhances their scientific studies by strengthening their analytical, critical-thinking, problem-solving, and communication skills.

The department has a combined engineering program through affiliations with Columbia University in New York City and Washington University in St. Louis, in which students obtain degrees from PC and the affiliated school.

For students who are interested in teaching physics at the high school level, a physics/secondary education track that leads to a bachelor of arts degree is also available. The department also offers a minor in physics.  

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What you'll study

Pre-Engineering Program 
The most popular program is the 3+2 plan in which a student spends three years in a pre-engineering curriculum at Providence College. The final two years of study are spent in an engineering concentration of the student’s choice at one of our affiliate universities.

Physics Majors and Minors 
The department offers a cross-disciplinary program in applied physics that combines the traditional physics program with courses in systems science.

Physics/Secondary Education 
Students interested in teaching at the high school level may prepare by following our physics/secondary education track.

Selected Courses

  • Calculus and Analytical Geometry  
  • Differential Equations   
  • General Physics  
  • Introductory Modern Physics  
  • Mechanics  
  • Scientific Programming  
  • Thermodynamics  
  • Topics in Applied Mathematics 

Faculty

Our faculty hold doctoral degrees from institutions recognized for science and research, including Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the University of Massachusetts, Physics University of Texas, Lehigh University, and Auburn University.

They have specialized expertise in a variety of engineering specialties, including spectroscopy, gas dynamics, nuclear physics, theoretical physics, coastal and estuary dynamics, water supply systems and dynamics, and more and have published research in the field and presented at prestigious institutions and conferences around the world — from throughout the U.S. to the U.K., Spain, and South Africa. 

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Undergraduate Research
Our students have several exciting and immersive experiential learning opportunities. Students can participate in numerous faculty-led research opportunities, including the S-Lab, where student researchers solve real-world problems affecting public health around the world. Since the lab’s inception, PC researchers have developed inexpensive, efficient solutions that improve sanitation and provide the technology that allows schools in remote villages to access a wealth of educational resources.

Opportunities for Women in Science
Also, qualified female students can become eligible to earn Clare Boothe Luce Undergraduate Scholarships in chemistry, applied physics, mathematics, or computer science. Clare Boothe Luce Scholars receive a full tuition and fees scholarship (room and board not included), a paid summer research experience ($4,000 stipend), and an academic year research experience for credit. 

98%

of 2017-2021 computer science, engineering, mathematics, and physics graduates are employed and/or attending graduate school

*Due to rounding, some totals may not correspond with the sum of the separate figures.


  • 72% are employed only
  • 14% are attending school only
  • 11% are employed and attending school

Selected Places of Employment/Service

  • CVS Pharmacy  
  • Massachusetts General Hospital  
  • Momenta Pharmaceuticals  
  • Scribe Partners  
  • University Emergency Medicine Foundation

Selected Graduate Schools

  • Columbia University  
  • Northwestern University  
  • Providence College  
  • Stanford University  
  • University of Texas at Austin  
  • Tufts University Sackler School of Biomedical Sciences  
  • University of Utah