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Major: Engineering Physics (EP)

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Offered by: School of Applied and Engineering Physics
261 Clark Hall, 255.0638,

Program Objectives

The objectives for the Major in Engineering Physics are to:

  • Give students an adequate education in mathematics and physics so they have a basis for a complete understanding of current and future scientific and technological developments.
  • Ensure, through a set of several elective courses, the necessary flexibility for various career objectives, i.e. (1) immediate employment with the B.S. degree; (2) background for entering professional graduate schools like law or medicine; or (3) the appropriate background for Ph.D. graduate work in science and/or engineering.
  • Include throughout the undergraduate program hands-on experience in laboratory as well as design, computational, and research problems.
  • Provide an environment characterized by the highest academic and ethical standards that instills pride in these standards and the program in general.

Introduction to Engineering Course

  • ENGRI 1XXX: Introduction to Engineering Course

Engineering Distributions (suggested)a,b

  • ENGRD 2520: The Physics of Life
  • ENGRD 2640: Computer-Instrumentation Design
  • ENGRD XXXX: Choose from the list of engineering distribution courses;
  • AEP 3330: Mechanics of Particles and Solid Bodies may count as the second engineering distribution course for EP Majors.

Required Major Courses

  • AEP 4210–4220: Mathematical Physics I and II
  • AEP 3330b: Mechanics of Particles and Solid Bodies (counts as an engineering distribution course)
  • AEP 3550: Intermediate Electromagnetism
  • AEP 3560: Intermediate Electrodynamics
  • AEP 3610: Introductory Quantum Mechanics
  • AEP 3620: Intermediate Quantum Mechanics
  • AEP 3630d: Electronic Circuits (Laboratory)
  • AEP 4230: Statistical Thermodynamics
  • AEP 4340: Continuum Physics (Laboratory)
  • PHYS 4410e: Advanced Experimental Physics (Laboratory)

EP Flow Chart

EP Major Check List


  • a. EP offers two ENGRDs. ENGRD 2640 (recommended, but not required; satisfies the college technical writing requirement) offered in fall and spring, and ENGRD 2520, offered in spring.
  • b. AEP 3330 may simultaneously satisfy major and distribution requirements. In this case, the total number of credits required for the degree is 131.
  • c. In addition to the first-year writing seminars, a technical writing course must be taken as an engineering distribution, liberal studies, approved elective, or Major course. (ENGRD 2640 satisfies this requirement.)
  • d. AEP 3630 may be taken in either semester three or four. ECE 2100 and ECE 2300 can be substituted for AEP 3630.
  • e. Two of the four credits of PHYS 4410 can be satisfied by successfully completing AEP 3300/PHYS 3330 or ASTRO 4410. The remaining two credits can be satisfied by taking PHYS 4400 for two credits, provided that the experiments in PHYS 4400 do not overlap with those in AEP 3300/PHYS 3330 or ASTRO 4410. (A list of experiments that are not appropriate will be prepared by AEP faculty and made available in the AEP office.) If a student chooses this option, the remaining Major-approved electives must have enough credit hours such that the EP minimum of 58 is satisfied.
  • f. Six Major-approved electives:
  1. Five of the six must be technical courses at or above the 3000-level.
  2. Nine credits of Major-approved electives must be outside of EP.
  3. Only three 4900 courses may be taken as Major-approved electives, and must be taken during the last four semesters.
  4. All Major-approved electives must be taken for a letter grade.