Bachelor of Science in Engineering Physics

A B.S. degree in engineering physics fulfills the growing need for programs compatible with a career in engineering. The engineering physics curriculum retains the benefits of a strong liberal arts program, while it prepares students to pursue applied physics or graduate engineering training or to move directly into engineering physics careers. Most physicists in the industrial environment hold engineering positions, and the curriculum is designed to emphasize the natural association of physics and engineering.

Requirements for a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Physics

The following table summarizes all requirements for a Bachelor of Science in engineering physics. To see the description of a particular course, click on its title. Our Course Descriptions page lists all physics and engineering courses. For one possible breakdown of the major by semester, see the Plan of Study below.

Requirements   Credits 
 Physics  32
      PHYS 103. General Physics I & PHYL 103. General Physics Laboratory I
      PHYS 104. General Physics II & PHYL 104. General Physics Laboratory II
      PHYS 201. Theoretical Mechanics
      PHYS 203. Modern Physics and Quantum Mechanics
      PHYS 301-302. Electricity and Magnetism I & II
      PHYS 304. Thermodynamics
      PHYS 309. Experimental Physics I
      PHYS Elective*
      PHYS 451. Applied Methods in Computational Physics
      PHYS 490. Physics Senior Comprehensive**
4
4
3
3
6
3
3
3
3
0
 Engineering Physics 9
      ENGR 220. Introduction to MatLab
      ENGR 252. Engineering Mechanics
      ENGR 262. Electronics
3
3
3
 Mathematics  18
      MATH 151. Calculus I
      MATH 152. Calculus II
      MATH 251. Calculus III
      MATH 252. Ordinary Differential Equations
      Mathematics elective**
4
4
4
3
3
 Chemistry  8
      CHEM 101. General Chemistry I & CHML 101. General Chemistry I Lab
      CHEM 102. General Chemistry II & CHML 102. General Chemistry II Lab
4
4
 Foreign Language  3
      One course at the 202 level or above*** 3
 General Education Requirements† 37
    The General Education curriculum, a 37-hour program to help students appreciate a liberal arts education, includes required specific courses as well as selected courses from various distributions. For details, go to General Education Curriculum.
 General Electives  13
 Total  120

* The physics elective is to be chosen from the following: PHYS 312, PHYS 404, PHYS 406, PHYS 408, PHYS 409, PHYS 410, PHYS 451 or PHYS 452.

** The mathematics elective is to be chosen from the following: MATH 207, MATH 208, MATH 241, MATH 322, MATH 323, MATH 341, MATH 342, MATH 345, MATH 351, MATH 352, MATH 413, MATH 431, or MATH 453.

*** The School of Arts and Sciences requires all majors to complete a foreign language course at the 202 level or higher. Students not prepared to begin at this level will need to take additional courses in the language, which count as general electives.

† The requirements for Writing Intensive and Diversity designated courses, as well as those for courses in the Quantitative Literacy distribution may be met by any major, General Education, or elective courses designated as such.

Departmental Comprehensive Requirement

The comprehensive requirement (PHYS 490. Physics Senior Comprehensive) for engineering physics is satisfied by a) service as a teaching aide in one introductory physics lab section and b) passing an oral exam given at the end of a student's last semester of study. 


Plan of Study for a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Physics

The following is a suggested four-year plan of study for engineering physics majors. Changes in sequencing may be desirable. All modifications should be made in consultation with the student's academic adviser.

To see the title of a course in the plan of study below, simply pass the cursor over the course's number. To see the description for a course, click on its number.

 ◄ FIRST YEAR ► 
 Fall Semester  Credits   Spring Semester  Credits 
MATH 151 4 MATH 152 4
SBU 101 2 PHYS 103 & PHYL 103 4
PHSC 106 3 ENG 102 4
ENGR 220 3 SBU 102 1
ENG 101 3 General Education Requirement 3
Total 15 Total 15
  
 ◄ SECOND YEAR ► 
 Fall Semester  Credits  Spring Semester  Credits
PHYS 104 & PHYL 104 4 PHYS 201 3
MATH 251 4 PHYS 203 3
CHEM 101 & CHML 101 4 Foreign Language 9
Foreign Language/General Elective 3 CHEM 102CHML 102 4
    SF/THEO 101 3
Total 15 Total 16
  
 ◄ THIRD YEAR ► 
 Fall Semester  Credits  Spring Semester  Credits
PHYS 301-302 3 PHYS 301-302 3
PHYS 304 7 PHYS 309 3
ENGR 252 3 ENGR 262 3
General Education Requirement 3 General Education Requirement 3
MATH 252 3 MATH Elective  3
Total 15 Total 15
  
 ◄ FOURTH YEAR ► 
 Fall Semester  Credits  Spring Semester  Credits
PHYS 451 3 Physics Elective 1
General Electives 6 General Electives 8
General Education Requirement 6 General Education Requirement 3


PHYS 490 0
Total 15 Total 14