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 301-302. Electricity and Magnetism I & II
      PHYS 304. Thermodynamics
      PHYS 309. Experimental Physics I
      PHYS 312. Internship in Applied Physics or a Physics Elective*
      PHYS 401. Modern Physics and Quantum Mechanics
      PHYS 451. Applied Methods in Computational Physics
      PHYS 490. Physics Senior Comprehensive
4
4
3
6
3
3
3
3
3
0
 Engineering  9
      PREG 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
 Clare College (Core Curriculum at St. Bonaventure) 36
      CLAR 101. The Intellectual Journey
      CLAR 110. Composition and Critical Thinking I 
      CLAR 111. Composition and Critical Thinking II
      Core Area Courses:
           CLAR 103. Foundations of the Western World
           CLAR 105. Inquiry in the Social World
           CLAR 206. Foundational Religious Texts of the Western World
           CLAR 207. The Catholic-Franciscan Heritage
           CLAR 208. World Views
           CLAR 209. Art and Literature
           CLAR 302 & CLRL 302. Inquiry in the Natural World
           CLAR 304. The Good Life
      CLAR 401. The University Forum
3
3
3
 
3
3
3
3
3
3
4
3
2
 General Electives  20
 Total  120

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

** The mathematics elective is to be chosen from the following: MATH 207, 208, 241, 322, 323, 341, 342, 345, 351, 352, 413, 431, or 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 Clare College curriculum also includes a three-credit quantitative reasoning requirement. Engineering physics majors satisfy this requirement by passing any of the courses listed in the above table under Mathematics.

The comprehensive requirement for engineering physics majors is the passing of an oral examination (PHYS 490. Physics Senior Comprehensive) in the second semester of the senior year.