Do you want to use physics to solve complex problems in engineering and other scientific applications? A engineering physics major will allow you to do just that - and a lot more. Students majoring in engineering physics or applied physics will eventually work designing equipment and systems in data acquisition, communications, and other electromechanical systems. To develop a coherent understanding of these areas, they're encouraged to take courses in various subject, including math, chemistry, and physics. Some students may also have the opportunity to conduct their own research. During their first year of study, most engineering physics students take the same classes that focus primarily on basic science and math and an introduction to engineering. Many universities will also require students complete some amount of laboratory practical experience so they're more experienced when they search for work. Potential careers include jobs in areas such as research, optics, or technology development. Others may work for universities, government labs, or technological companies.