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Engineering Physics Major

(updated on July 13, 2016)

The Engineering Physics major allows students with strong interests in both physics and engineering to concentrate their studies in the common areas of these disciplines. The Engineering Physics major prepares students to pursue careers in industry, either directly after undergraduate studies, or following graduate study in engineering or physics. Many employers value the unique problem solving approach of physics, especially in industrial research and development.

Students majoring in engineering physics complete the Engineering Core as well as a rigorous course of study in physics. Students select a concentration area from an engineering discipline, and must complete a sequence of at least four courses in this discipline. In addition, a senior research and design project under the guidance of a faculty member is required. The project includes a written report and participation in the senior seminar and symposium.

Mission and Program Objectives

The mission of the Engineering Physics program is to prepare students for careers in engineering where physics principles can be applied to the advancement of technology. This education at the intersection of engineering and physics will enable students to seek employment in engineering upon graduation while, at the same time, provide a firm foundation for the pursuit of graduate studies in either engineering or physics. The Engineering Physics program will develop sufficient depth in both engineering and physics skills to produce engineers who can relate fundamental physics to practical engineering problems, and will possess the versatility to address new problems in our rapidly changing technological base. The program will provide a curriculum and environment to develop interdisciplinary collaboration, ethical and professional outlooks, communication skills, and the tools and desire for life-long learning. In order to realize this mission, the Engineering Physics Program will pursue the following objectives:

Program Objective 1:

Graduates of the Engineering Physics program will apply their strong problem solving skills as physicists along with an understanding of the approach, methods, and requirements of engineering and engineering design for a successful career in advancing technology.  Its engineering science and design components prepare students to work as professional engineers.

Program Objective 2:

Graduates of the Engineering Physics program will use their strong skills in problem solving, research experience and knowledge in physics and engineering as successful graduate students and researchers in highly ranked graduate programs. The Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree program in Engineering Physics is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,

Course requirements for B.S.E., Engineering Physics Major*

*The University’s General Bulletin,, is the definitive source for course and degree information.


Engineering Core and Science Requirements

PHYS 121 or 123  General Physics I. Mechanics or Physics & Frontiers I – Mechanics

PHYS 122 or 124  General Physics II. Electricity and Magnetism or Physics & Frontiers I – Electricity and Magnetism

PHYS 221   Introduction to Modern Physics

MATH 121  Calculus for Science and Engineering

MATH 122  Calculus for Science and Engineering II

MATH 223  Calculus for Science and Engineering III

MATH 224  Elementary Differential Equations

CHEM 111  Principles of Chemistry for Engineers

ENGR 131  Elementary Computer Programming

ENGR 145  Chemistry of Materials

ENGR 200  Statics and Strength of Materials

ENGR 210  Introduction to Circuits and Instrumentation

ENGR 225  Thermodynamics, Fluid Dynamics, Heat and Mass Transfer

ENGR/ENGL 398  Professional Communication for Engineers SAGES First Seminar and two University Seminars Humanities and Social Science 12 hours Physical Education

Physics Courses

PHYS 208 Instrumentation and Signal Analysis Laboratory

PHYS 250 Computational Methods in Physics PHYS 303 Advanced Physics Laboratory Seminar

PHYS 310 Classical Mechanics

PHYS 313 Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics

PHYS 317 Engineering Physics Laboratory I

PHYS 318 Engineering Physics Laboratory II

PHYS 324 Electricity and Magnetism I

PHYS 325 Electricity and Magnetism II

PHYS 331 Introduction to Quantum Mechanics I

PHYS 352 Senior Physics Project Seminar

PHYS 353 Engineering Physics Senior Project

Applications of Quantum Mechanics (Choose one of the following courses)

PHYS 332 Introduction to Quantum Mechanics II

PHYS 327 Laser Physics

EEAP 321 Physical and Solid State Electronics

EEAP 420 Solid State Electronics I

EMSE 314 Electrical, Magnetic, and Optical Properties of Materials

EMSE 405 Dielectric, Optical, and Magnetic Properties of Materials

Engineering Physics Concentration

Engineering Physics majors must complete a sequence of at least four upper level courses in an engineering concentration. Below is a list of suggested sequences in the various engineering programs. Students should seek advice from those engineering representatives listed below for each program in order to select the courses, either from the courses below or a set of four consistent with scheduling, student preparation, and student interest. Both the program representative and the student’s advisor must approve the sequence. Following approval, students must submit the paperwork to undergraduate studies to insure credit for the sequence toward graduation.

Biomedical Engineering Concentration

Contact Prof. Dustin Tyler

Biomedical Systems and Analysis, Devices, and Instrumentation

EBME 201 (Physiology-Biophysics I)

EBME 202 (Physiology-Biophysics II)

EBME 308 (Biomedical Signals & Systems)


EBME 201 (Physiology-Biophysics I)

EBME 202 (Physiology-Biophysics II)

EBME 306 (Introduction to Biomedical Materials)

Plus one from the following:

EBME 309/359 (Modeling for Biomedical Engineering)

EBME 317 (Excitable Cells) EECS 245 (Electronic Circuits)

EECS 309 (Electromagnetics)

Plus one from the following: (pre-reqs might preclude a few of the options)

EBME 303 (Structure of Biological Materials)

EBME 305 (Materials for Prosthetics and Orthotics)

EBME 325 (Introduction to Tissue Engineering)

EBME 315 (Applied Tissue Engineering)

EBME 350 (Quantitative Molecular Bioengineering)

EBME 406 (Polymers in Medicine)

Chemical Engineering Concentration

Contact: Prof. Uziel Landau

ECHE 260 Introduction to Chemical Systems

ECHE 360 Transport Phenomena for Chemical Systems

ECHE 361 Separation Processes

ECHE 364 Chemical Reaction Processes

Civil Engineering Concentration

Contact Prof. Xiangwu Zeng or see below

ECIV 310  Strength of Materials

ECIV 211  Civil Engineering Materials

And then two courses from Civil Engineering Minors lists in either:

Solid Mechanics                    (Contact: Prof. Brian Metrovich)

Structural Engineering          (Contact: Prof. Dario Gasparini)

Geotechnical Engineering     (Contact: Prof. Bill Yu)

Environmental Engineering   (Contact: Prof. Aaron Jennings)

Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Concentration

Contact: Prof. Michael Lewicki

Solid State

EECS 245  Electronic Circuits

EECS 321  Semiconductor Electronic Devices

EECS 322  Integrated Circuits/Electronic Devices

EECS 344  Electronic Analysis and Design

Computer Science

EECS 233  Introduction to Data Structures

EECS 302  Discrete Mathematics

EECS 340  Algorithms and Data Structures

EECS 341  Databases

Computer Engineering, Software

EECS 233  Introduction to Data Structures

EECS 337  Systems Programming

EECS 338  Introduction to Operating Systems

Computer Engineering, Hardware

EECS 233  Introduction to Data Structures

EECS 281  Logic Design and Computer Organization

EECS 316  Computer Design

Plus one from the following:

EECS 315  Digital Systems Design

EECS 301  Digital Logic Laboratory  

Plus one from the following:

EECS 315  Digital Systems Design

EECS 301 Digital Logic Laboratory

Systems and Control

EECS 246  Systems and Control

EECS 304  Control Engineering I

EECS 346  Engineering Optimization

EECS 352  Engineering Economic and Decision Analysis


Macromolecular Science and Engineering Concentration Contact: Prof. David Schiraldi

EMAC 270  Introduction to Polymer Science

EMAC 376  Polymer Engineering

EMAC 377  Polymer Processing

Plus one from the following:

EMAC 378  Polymer Engineer Design Product

EMAC 403  Polymer Physics


Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Concentration
Contact:  Prof. Paul Barnhart

Aerospace Engineering

EMAE 325  Fluid and Thermal Engineering II

EMAE 359  Aero/Gas Dynamics

EMAE 381  Flight and Orbital Dynamics

Plus one from the following:

EMAE 382  Propulsion

EMAE 376  Aerostructures

Mechanics Engineering

EMAE 325  Fluid and Thermal Engineering II

EMAE 350  Mechanical Engineering Analysis

EMAE 355  Design of Fluid and Thermal Analysis

Plus one from the following:

EMAE 387  Vibration Problems in Engineering

EMAE 370  Design of Mechanical Elements


Materials Science and Engineering Sequence
Contact: Prof. James McGuffin-Cawley

EMSE 201  Introduction to Materials Science

EMSE 202  Phase Diagrams and Phase Transitions

EMSE 314  Electrical, Magnetic, and Optical Properties of Materials

EMSE 312  Diffraction Principles

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