48 months
55224 USD/year
55224 USD/year
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The Department of Physics offers major programs at Santa Clara University of lecture and laboratory instruction leading to the bachelor of science in physics, the bachelor of science in engineering physics, and the bachelor of science in physics with a biophysics emphasis. 


The Physics major at Santa Clara University is an ideal choice for students who plan to pursue graduate studies, either in physics or related fields. Some students with a scientific bent also take a physics degree as a stepping stone to medical or law school.

Learning Outcomes

The Engineering Physics program is administered by the Department of Physics in close cooperation with the Electrical, Computer, and Mechanical Engineering Departments. The Engineering Physics major is particularly suitable for students who plan a career in an applied science or engineering field. The program emphasizes fundamental aspects of physics essential to understanding and contributing to developments in all aspects of technology. Santa Clara is one of only 60 colleges and universities in the United States with an Engineering Physics program.

The Physics major with a biophysics emphasis (implemented in 2015–2016) provides a solid preparation for graduate studies and for nearly all of the postgraduate opportunities open to traditional physics majors. Students who complete the biophysics emphasis will have additional opportunities in medicine, the life sciences, and related industries.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Physics for Scientists & Engineers I and II (preferred)
  • General Physics
  • Physics for Scientists & Engineers III and IV
  • Electronic Circuits for Scientists
  • Numerical Methods in Physics
  • Electromagnetic Theory I and II
  • Thermal Physics
  • Quantum Mechanics I and II
  • Advanced Laboratory
  • Physics and Society

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 SCH


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General requirements

  • If you are applying as a first-year or transfer student, review those sections, as most of the steps you'll take are the same as other applicants. 
  • You'll use the Common Application and need to review our recommended courses to complete before applying. You'll need to decide if you want to apply Early or Regular Decision. And you’ll need to select one of our schools to apply to.
  • Beyond that, we require additional information from you regarding English proficiency and financial status. And, once you’ve been admitted, we can help you with your visa application process.

Tuition Fee

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    55224 USD/year
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  • National

    55224 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 55224 USD per year during 48 months.

Living costs for Santa Clara

1100 - 1600 USD /month
Living costs

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Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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