Physics Majors: Did you know?

Students majoring in physics with a strong background in math generally have much of the academic background necessary to apply to Master's programs in areas such as:

  • Astronautical Engineering
  • Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering

The University of Southern California's Viterbi School of Engineering is ranked 12th overall amongst the top engineering graduate schools by U.S. News & World Report. With over sixty master's programs and specializations, students can complete their degree in as little as 1.5-2 years*.

Take the next step and connect with an admission representative who can help to answer any questions you may have.


Faculty Testimonials

Many USC Viterbi School of Engineering faculty possess undergraduate degrees in physics and graduate degrees in engineering.

  • Grace Lu
    Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Anupam Madhukar
    Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

    Biomedical Engineering
    Electrical and Computer Engineering 

Hear what a few of our professors have to say:

Dr. Andrea Armani

Undergraduate physics degrees provide a wonderful foundation in the basic sciences that can be used as a launching pad into a wide range of engineering disciplines including electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, and materials science.
Personally, I have always been inspired by solving societal challenges in a wide range of fields, from healthcare to communications. By moving from physics to engineering, I am now surrounded by collaborators who are similarly motivated, and my students can obtain more applied training in their initial coursework

-Dr. Andrea Armani
Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science,
Biomedical Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering-Electrophysics,
and Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

Dr. Mike Gruntman

Bachelor's degrees in physics, astronomy, and mathematics provide a foundation
of space engineering, a growing area of national importance.

A Master's degree in Astronautical Engineering opens a pathway to exciting scientific and engineering careers in the space industry and in the government space research and development centers. Commerical space is booming, space exploration advances, and space technology plays an increasingly important role in national security.”

-Dr. Mike Gruntman

Professor of Astronautics and Department Chair

Dr. Steven Nutt

Physics as an undergraduate major is excellent preparation for many engineering graduate programs. In fact, in some cases, it may be the best preparation because it requires students to think deeply about fundamental science that underlies the disciplines. I was a physics major as an undergraduate!

-Dr. Steven Nutt
Professor of Chemical Engineering & Materials Science and Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering


The University of Southern California was founded in 1880 and is a global leader in education and research. The graduate program in engineering and computer science attracts talented students and scholars from over 70 countries worldwide. Located in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, USC's graduate students can enhance their academic experience with extensive cultural and professional opportunities.  

*students enrolled full time, on-campus

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Published on August 14th, 2020

Last updated on April 2nd, 2021