Department ofPhysics

Engineering Physics Major Detail

Engineering Physics Major Curriculum

A. General Education Requirements (The University Curriculum for Arts and Sciences.)
B. Required Mathematics, Engineering and Chemistry Courses
CHEM 11 – General Chemistry
MATH 11, 12, 13, 14 – Calculus and Analytical Geometry
MATH 22 or MATH 23 or AMTH 106 – Differential Equations
CSCI 10 – Introduction to Computer Science or COEN 10 – Introduction to Programming or COEN 11 – Advanced Programming or COEN 44 – Applied Programming in C or COEN 45 – Applied Programming in MATLAB
C. Required Physics Courses
PHYS 31, 32, 33, 34 – Physics for Scientists and Engineers I-IV
PHYS 70 – Electronic Circuits for Scientists
PHYS 103 – Numerical Methods in Physics
PHYS 111, 112 – Electromagnetic Theory I and II
PHYS 120 (preferred) or MECH 121 – Thermal Physics or Thermodynamics
PHYS 121 – Quantum Mechanics I
PHYS 192 - Physics and Society
Physics Elective - One upper-division physics elective chosen from PHYS 104 - 171
D. Required Coursed in Engineering or Chemistry
At least four courses chosen from:
CENG  41 – Statics
CENG 43 – Strength of Materials
CHEM 12 – General Chemistry II
COEN 11 or CSCI  60 – Advanced Programming / Object-Oriented Programming
ELEN 21 or COEN 21 – Introduction to Logic Design
ELEN 100 – Electric Circuits II
ELEN 110 – Linear Systems
ELEN 115 – Electronic Circuits I
ELEN 118 – Fundamentals of Computer-Aided Circuit Simulations
ELEN 144 – RF and Microwave Components
MECH 10 – Graphical Communication in Design
MECH 11 – Materials and Manufacturing Processes
MECH 15 – Introduction to Materials Science
MECH 122 – Fluid Mechanics
MECH 143 or ELEN 123 – Mechatronics

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:

(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

(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

(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

(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)

(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 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

(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.