B.S. in Engineering Physics

The engineering physics major is intended for students interested learning physics, but with an inclination towards using physics in an applied setting.

This major, like the regular Physics major, provides a rigorous grounding in fundamental physics, critical thinking and creative problem solving, and provides broad practical training in science and technology. The addition of Systems Engineering courses gives students practical experience with the processes of design, development, and deployment that are used in real-world applications.

Engineering Physics majors complete a set of core courses in Physics and Engineering, including both introductory courses and basic grounding in modern physics, mechanics, electricity and magnetism, classical mechanics, lab techniques, and engineering fundamentals. ¬†Students are then allowed to pick their own courses leading to specific specialization “track”. ¬†Examples of recommended tracks are given below, including Industrial and Systems, Mechanical, Materials, and Electrical.

Students have many opportunities to work either in research settings with Physics faculty, or in internships with nearby companies.

It is designed to prepare you for advanced study in physics, engineering or other technical disciplines, for employment in industry, or for teaching at the secondary level. Physics graduates are in high demand in any area where analytical thinking and problem solving are important, and our students have also gone on to careers in computer programming, finance, law, and medicine.

Detailed Curriculum Information

Required Math Courses
MATH 1700 Calculus I
MATH 1800 Calculus II
MATH 2700 Multivariate Calculus
Required Engineering Courses
ENGR 1000 Fundamentals of Engineering I
ENGR 1010 Fundamentals of Engineering II
Required Physics Courses
PHYS 1500 Principles of Physics I
PHYS 1600 Principles of Physics II
PHYS 2200 Mathematical Methods in Physics
PHYS 2500 Experimental Methods in Physics (WI)
PHYS 3000 Classical Mechanics I
PHYS 3100 Electricity and Magnetism I
PHYS 3500 Advanced Lab (WI)

Electives:

4 courses (16 hours), of which at least 3 (12 hours) must be Engineering courses. Other allowed electives include any PHYS courses at the 3000+ level. At least 1 course (4 hours) of electives must be at the 4000+ level.

Suggested Tracks:

Industrial and Systems Track
ENGR 2000 Statics and Mechanics
ENGR 3100 Production Processes
ENGR 3300 Linear Systems Modeling
ENGR 4300 Systems Optimization
Electrical Track
ENGR 3000 Electrical Systems I
ENGR 3010 Electrical Systems II
ENGR 4500 Vibrations
ENGR 4600 Control Theory
Mechanical Track
ENGR 2000 Statics and Mechanics
ENGR 2200 Thermo and Heat Transfer
CHEM 1700 Accelerated General Chemistry
(Needed as prereq for ENGR 3200)
ENGR 3200 Materials
ENGR 4500 Vibrations
(Requires allowing PHYS 3000 in place of ENGR 2100)
Materials Track
CHEM 1700 Statics and Mechanics
ENGR 2000 Statics and Mechanics
ENGR 2200 Thermo and Heat Transfer
ENGR 3200 Materials
PHYS 4100 Solid State Physics

Example Course Schedule for Engineering Physics

Based on the 2018-2019 catalog

Note: most courses are offered every other year, so schedules will change depending on whether you start in an even or an odd year.

When starting in Fall of an Even year:

Year Fall Semester Spring Semester
First FYS – 3 hrs
MATH 1700 – 4 hrs
PHYS 1500 – 5 hrs
ENGR 1000 (with lab) – 4 hrs
Total Hours: 15
INST 1500 – 3 hrs
MATH 1800 – 4 hrs
PHYS 1600 – 5 hrs
ENGR 1010 (with lab) – 4 hrs
Total Hours: 15
Sophomore INST 2000 – 3 hrs
MATH 2700 – 4 hrs
PHYS 2200 – 3 hrs
PHYS 3000 – 3 hrs
Total Hours: 15
INST 2200 – 3 hrs
PHYS/ENGR Elective? – (3) hrs
Total Hours: 15
Junior INST 2400 – 3 hrs
PHYS 3100 – 3 hrs
PHYS/ENGR Elective? – (3) hrs
Total Hours: 15
INST 2600 – 3 hrs
PHYS 2500 – 3 hrs
PHYS/ENGR Elective? – (3) hrs
Total Hours: 15
Senior INST 2800 – 3 hrs
SYE – (2-3) hrs
PHYS 3500 – 3 hrs
PHYS/ENGR Elective? – (3) hrs
Total Hours: 15
INST 3000 – 3 hrs
PHYS/ENGR Elective? – (3) hrs
Total Hours: 15

When starting in Fall of an Odd year:

Year Fall Semester Spring Semester
First FYS – 3 hrs
MATH 1700 – 4 hrs
PHYS 1500 – 5 hrs
ENGR 1000 (with lab) – 4 hrs
Total Hours: 15
INST 1500 – 3 hrs
MATH 1800 – 4 hrs
PHYS 1500 – 5 hrs
ENGR 1010 (with lab) – 4 hrs
Total Hours: 15
Sophomore INST 2000 – 3 hrs
MATH 2700 – 4 hrs
PHYS 2200 – 3 hrs
PHYS 3100 – 3 hrs
Total Hours: 15
INST 2200 – 3 hrs
PHYS 2500 – 3 hrs
PHYS/ENGR Elective? – (3) hrs
Total Hours: 15
Junior INST 2400 – 3 hrs
PHYS 3000 – 3 hrs
PHYS 3500 – 3 hrs
PHYS/ENGR Elective? – (3) hrs
Total Hours: 15
INST 2600 – 3 hrs
PHYS/ENGR Elective? – (3) hrs
Total Hours: 15
Senior INST 2800 – 3 hrs
SYE – (2-3) hrs
PHYS/ENGR Elective? – (3) hrs
Total Hours: 15
INST 3000 – 3 hrs
PHYS/ENGR Elective? – (3) hrs
Total Hours: 15

Total number of hours should equal 120

Notes while creating plans:

  1. INST classes are placeholders. They can be moved around within the 4 years. We just ask that
    students are paced at one INST per term (FYS is considered an INST Class). We know some majors
    might have a term with the need for 2 (Student Teaching, internships, etc) and that is okay on a
    limited basis. Also, INST 3000 can only be taken after 4 of the 5 thread classes are complete.
  2. Skills courses are also placeholders and can be moved (or noted if a major requirement also fulfills a
    skills course).
  3. The number of elective course in the grid should reflect how many credit hours are needed to reach
    120 once all major and general education courses have been completed.