Concurrent Degree in Physics and Engineering

Concurrent Engineering/Physics degree is a fully accredited Engineering program which comes under the Faculty of Engineering at Western.  The concurrent Engineering/Physics program combines a regular Engineering degree with a Physics Major module offered by the Department of Physics and Astronomy.

The concurrent Engineering/Physics degree teaches a combination of fundamentals in physics and applied knowledge in engineering to prepare graduates for problem solving in advanced technological areas. While engineering studies are useful in solving a problem, the physics background will help you to have a better understanding of the problem.

Degree offered:  Bachelor of Science in Engineering (BESc) + Physics major

Entry Level: Second year

Who is eligible:  Students from any Engineering program can enter the concurrent Engineering/Physics program at Western.

What can you do with a concurrent degree in Engineering/Physics?

  • use the concurrent Engineering/Physics degree as a foundation for higher degrees in many disciplines

e.g., graduate school, medicine, law, business

  • become a licensed professional engineer (PEng)
  • work in industry (Research & Development, Management)
  • work in academia (University, College)

Program Options  

  • Any 4 year Engineering degree + 5th year in  Physics at Western
  • Any 4 year Engineering degree + 5th year in  Physics (international exchange in the 5th year)



Allen Chee - Graduate of concurrent Physics / Engineering program     Allen Chee, graduate of the concurrent Mechanical Engineering and Physics

When I first started Engineering at Western I was a little bit sad that I wasn’t studying Physics as I had been struggling with which subject to pursue. Later on I discovered that I could do a concurrent degree and get the best out of both!

The Physics faculty members were extremely welcoming and helpful allowing me flexibility, as well as opportunities to explore courses that interested me outside of the Engineering program that would have otherwise been unavailable to me.

I feel that adding the Astrophysics major on top of Mechanical Engineering gave me a comprehensive undergraduate experience with a lot of depth, which really influenced me in my decision to pursue graduate studies. I also believe that pursuing both programs may have been a factor in my acceptance to the University of Toronto Institute of Aerospace Studies, because it helped set me apart from other applicants.

Western’s Physics and Astronomy program was a great learning experience for me and I encourage any student who is thinking about pursuing research, or simply has interest in the subject matter to consider a concurrent Physics degree.



Alex Kopacz - 4th year concurrent Physics / Engineering program     Alex Kopacz, 4th year concurrent Mechanical Engineering and Physics

One of the first things that I noticed about the Physics faculty is how friendly all of the Professors are. They are all extremely approachable and willing to help out with any problem or question you may have. Complimenting my Engineering degree with Physics makes me more marketable as an Engineer and opens many opportunities to explore different aspects of the Engineering field without closing the door on research. Another great strength of this Department is that it allowed me to participate in an exchange program to finish my Physics degree. Overall, Physics at Western is a fantastic learning experience and I highly recommend it to any student who aspires to pursue the Sciences.



Alex Motolko - 4th year concurrent Physics / Engineering program  Alex Motolko, 4th year concurrent Mechanical Engineering and Physics

My interest in physics was a major factor when I initially applied to University, and when I considered that I would only need an additional year’s worth of courses the concurrent degree became a very appealing option. I branched out to physics to keep as many career doors open as possible. Applying for the concurrent program was fairly simple and only required a few meetings with the undergraduate counselors in the Faculty of Engineering and the Faculty of Science to sort out the details of my course schedule. My time in the Department of Physics and Astronomy has been an excellent experience thus far. The professors are passionate and approachable, and since it is a small faculty it allows for a unique relationship between students and faculty. My concurrent degree with Physics has allowed me many opportunities I otherwise would not have had including a year-long international exchange.