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Department ofPhysics

Engineering Physics Clusters

Five courses in an approved cluster of technical courses for depth in one of several emphasis areas.  Common options are computational, electronics, materials science, solid state, mechanical, etc.  Course requirements are determined in consultation with the Engineering Physics Program Coordinator and may be adjusted to best fit a student’s career goals and interests.  (Must get advisor approval.)

Examples of possible EP course clusters:

1a. COMPUTATIONAL (A)
(5 term courses minimum)

COEN 12 or CSCI 61 Abstract Data Types / Data Structures
COEN 19 or MATH 51 Discrete Math
MATH 53 Linear Algebra
AMTH 118 or MATH 166 Numerical Methods
CSCI 163 or COEN 179 Theory of Algorithms

1b. COMPUTATIONAL (B)
(5 term courses minimum)

COEN 12 or CSCI 61 Abstract Data Types / Data Structures
COEN 20 Intro to Embedded Systems
COEN 177 Operating Systems
Elective* Appropriate Physics, COEN or Math-CS course
Elective* Appropriate Physics, COEN or Math-CS course

2. ELECTRONICS
(5 term courses minimum)

ELEN 116 Electronic Circuits 2
ELEN 117 Electronic Circuits 3
ELEN 153 Digital Integrated Circuit Design
Elective* Appropriate ELEN, Physics or Math course
Elective* Appropriate ELEN, Physics or Math course

3. MECHANICAL
(5 term courses minimum)

MECH 151 Finite Element Theory and Applications
MECH 141 Mechanical Vibrations (Prereq: PHYS 104 or MECH 140)
MECH 142 Control Systems, Analysis and Design
MECH 123 Heat Transfer (or Appropriate Elective)
MECH 132 Aerodynamics (or Appropriate Elective)

4. SOLID STATE
(5 term courses minimum)

PHYS 113 Optics
PHYS 116 Physics of Solids
PHYS 122 Quantum Physics
ELEN 151 Semiconductor Devices I (or suitable substitute)
Elective* Appropriate Engineering or Physics course

5. MATERIALS SCIENCE
(5 term courses minimum)

CHEM 12 General Chemistry II
CHEM 13 General Chemistry III
CHEM 31 Organic Chemistry I
PHYS 116 Physics of Solids
Elective* Appropriate Engr., Physics, Math or Chemistry course

6. SPECIAL TOPIC
(5 term courses minimum)

Working closely with the EP Program coordinator, a student may design a program that best suits his or her needs and interests in a specific technical area of applied science. This course plan must consist of a minimum of five appropriately linked courses at a suitable academic level. A variety of proposed subject areas will be considered, if warranted.

*Must get prior consent of EP advisor.