Department of Physics & Engineering


ABET accreditation logoOur dynamic and innovative programs provide a comprehensive, student-centered education taught by a professionally diverse team of faculty and staff. Students benefit from small classes, state-of-the-art facilities, and specialized modern labs and equipment.

The Physics program has a long history of high-quality education that prepares students for challenging in-demand careers and graduate school.

The Engineering program and the Mechanical Engineering collaborative program with University of Maryland, College Park are accredited by ABET.

MISSION STATEMENT: The mission of the FSU "Bachelor of Science in Engineering" program is to provide excellent undergraduate education in engineering, to establish close partnership with and facilitate technology transfers to industry and government, to contribute to economic development within the state of Maryland, and to provide related service to the campus community and community at large.

You have options...

Partnering with institutions across the state of Maryland, Frostburg State University provides several ways to achieve your degree. Choose from multiple options:

  • Complementary Programs

    *These programs are administered outside the Physics and Engineering Department, but are shown here as programs that students frequently explore as complements to their Physics or Engineering major. Talk with your advisor for more information.

    • Minor in Mathematics*
    • Focus in Mathematics*
    • Minor in Computer Science*
    • other*


Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate research in the department gives students the opportunity to work with faculty in an area of interest. Students may present their research at regional or national conferences. These experiences are valuable when applying for internships, employment, and graduate school.


The department partners with Anne Arundel Community College to offer a B.S. Engineering degree with a concentration in Electrical Engineering. The department also partners with Cecil College to offer a B.S. in Engineering degree with a concentration in Materials Engineering.

Program Educational Objectives

A few years from graduation, alumni of the B.S. in Engineering program will:

  • Meet expectations in electrical engineering careers or graduate education;
  • Demonstrate appropriate utilization of professional skills of teamwork, problem-solving, design, research, and communication with all participants;
  • Engage in the community through the application of knowledge of ethical obligations to society, employers, employees, and peers;
  • Engage in life-long learning to update their technical knowledge and understanding of societal and contemporary issues

Program Outcomes

Students will acquire the knowledge and skills needed to demonstrate the learning outcomes assessed throughout the curriculum. When students graduate, they will be able to:

  1. Identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics;
  2. Apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors;
  3. Communicate effectively with a range of audiences;
  4. Recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts;
  5. Function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives;
  6. Develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions;
  7. Acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies


For More Information

Please reach out to the department if you have any questions.


Department of Physics & Engineering

  • Compton Science Center
    101 Braddock Road
    Frostburg, MD 21532

Crystal Frantz, Administrative Assistant

Dr. Jamil Abdo, Chair
Department of Physics & Engineering