Engineering Physics

Coe College intends to offer a major in engineering physics as part of a Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree. A substantive application for this program has been submitted to the accreditor and is pending Higher Learning Commission approval. 

The only engineering physics major in Iowa: Why earn your Bachelor of Science in Engineering at Coe College?

An engineering physics major designed to produce well-rounded engineers who are ready to join the workforce in any field of engineering

  • Professors who are recognized not only for their dedication to teaching, but also for their outstanding, nationally recognized research with our students. 
  • Participate in exciting applications of scientific knowledge and gain a thorough understanding of engineering principles, while retaining a broader interdisciplinary perspective. 
  • Courses in physics, chemistry, mathematics and computing. 
  • Access to important hands-on experiences as interns, co-ops and researchers.

Your best opportunity to build a network, research experience, strong resume and engineering career

  • OUTSTANDING FACILITIES: The recently renovated Peterson Hall houses the engineering program and is equipped with more than $3 million in cutting-edge physics technology for you to utilize and gain hands-on research experience.
  • SMALL & INTERACTIVE: Engineering class sizes are small, allowing for individual attention and learning. Classrooms are highly interactive, promoting opportunities for critical thinking.
  • FACULTY: Coe has the #7 Most Accessible Professors in the nation, according to The Princeton Review. Coe students receive individualized instruction from skilled research faculty who are globally recognized for their expertise. The environment is discussion-based and collaborative.
  • INTERDISCIPLINARY APPROACH: By gaining thorough training in a variety of fields like writing, social sciences, the arts and humanities, our students are fully prepared to face global challenges in engineering.  
  • SUCCESSFUL OUTCOMES: Many Coe student’s either have their own start-up companies or are at top positions in companies and national laboratories including Google, Corning, Tesla, Collins Aerospace, McKinsey, DARPA and Argonne. They also have an outstanding track record of going to graduate schools with full ride scholarships and stipends at places including Harvard, Yale, MIT, Northwestern, Cornell, Brown, Stanford, UCLA, Oxford and many more.

Opportunities outside of class for engineering physics majors 

  • Coe is the #12 private college for internships in the country according to the Princeton Review, and has a vast network of alumni in the area. C3: Creativity, Careers, Community is a dedicated space on campus to identify and assist you one-on-one with finding the right mentors and internships, and is ranked the #8 Career Services in the country.
  • Cedar Rapids is home to many engineering-based businesses with expertise from agriculture to aerospace. The Coe campus is surrounded by opportunities to gain real experience and build a professional network before graduation. 
  • Coe has a longstanding relationship with the National Science Foundation as a host site for one of its Research Experiences for Undergraduates program, and is one of only a few small schools in the country to serve as a member of this prestigious program. Coe has received numerous NSF research grants, totaling nearly $15 million, and has sent interns to NASA, Google and Fortune 500 companies including Corning, Inc.
  • Students conduct graduate-level research during the academic year, and over the summer. Kohawks have published over 300 peer reviewed articles in dozens of  journals.
  • Coe faculty members have taken students to research labs and conferences in England, Austria, Canada, China, Italy, Bulgaria, Hawaii, Florida, Maryland, France, Greece and Japan. More than 300 students have presented research at over 70 conferences. 

Cutting-edge facilities

The Physics Department at Coe College incorporates a range of equipment and technology into your coursework. This ensures you’ll develop and bring the skills your company needs and provides opportunity for our students and faculty to assist with occasional projects your company may have:
  • Electron microscopy
  • Density measurements
  • X-ray diffraction
  • Thermal equipment suite 
  • Mechanical analysis
  • Raman spectroscopy
  • Electrical characterization
  • Hardness measurement
  • Computational processing with clusters
  • Numerous furnaces for making glasses & crystals
  • Two twin-roller quenchers
  • Access to Robert L. Mutel Telescope in Tucson, Arizona