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Engineering Physics (EPHYS)

Completion of the undergraduate program in Engineering Physics leads to the conferral of the Bachelor of Science in Engineering. The subplan "Engineering Physics" appears on the transcript and on the diploma.

Mission of the Undergraduate Program in Engineering Physics

The mission of the undergraduate program in Engineering Physics is to provide students with a strong foundation in physics and mathematics, together with engineering design and problem solving skills. All majors take high-level math and physics courses as well as engineering courses. This background prepares them to tackle complex problems in multidisciplinary areas that are at the forefront of 21st-century technology such as solid state devices, quantum optics and photonics, materials science, nanotechnology, electromechanical systems, energy systems, and any other engineering field that requires a solid background in physics. Because the program emphasizes science, mathematics, and engineering, students are well prepared to pursue graduate work in engineering, physics, or applied physics.

Requirements

Mathematics (21 units minimum):

MATH 51 and 52. Multivariable Calculus

 

or CME 100 and 104. Vector Calculus, Linear Algebra, PDE

10

MATH 53 or CME 102. Ordinary Differential Equations

5

MATH 131. Partial Differential Equations

3

One advanced math elective such as EE 261, PHYSICS 112, or CME 106. Also qualified are EE 263, any Math or Statistics course numbered 100 or above, and any CME course numbered 200 or above, except CME 206.

3-4

Science:

PHYSICS 41. Mechanics

4

PHYSICS 43 and 44. Electricity and Magnetism and Lab

5

PHYSICS 45 and 46. Light and Heat and Lab

5

PHYSICS 70. Foundations of Modern Physics

4

or

 

PHYSICS 61. Mechanics and Special Relativity

4

PHYSICS 63 and 64. Electricity, Magnetism, and Waves and Lab

5

PHYSICS 65 and 67. Thermodynamics and Modern Physics and Lab

6

Technology in Society (one course required; see Basic Requirement 4)

3-5

Engineering Fundamentals

(three courses minimum; CS 106X or B recommended)

9-14

Engineering Physics Depth (core):

Intermediate Mechanics:

ENGR 15. Dynamics

3

or PHYSICS 110. Intermediate Mechanics

4

Intermediate Electricity and Magnetism:

EE 141 and 242. Engineering Electromagnetics and Electromagnetic Waves

7

or PHYSICS 120 and 121. Intermediate Electricity and Magnetism

8

Numerical Methods:

APPPHYS 215. Numerical Methods for Physicists and Engineers

3

or CME 108. Introduction to Scientific Computing

3-4

or CME 206/ME 300C. Intro to Numerical Methods for Engineering

3

or PHYSICS 113. Computational Physics

4

Electronics Lab:

ENGR 40. Introductory Electronics

5

or EE 101B. Circuits II

3

or EE 122A. Analog Circuits Laboratory

3

or PHYSICS 105. Analog Electronics

3

or APPPHYS 207. Laboratory Electronics

3

Writing Lab (WIM):

EE 108A and ENGR 102E. Digital Systems I

4-5

or ME 203 and ENGR 102M. Manufacturing and Design

4-5

or MATSCI 161. Nanocharacterization Laboratory

4

or MATSCI 164. Electronic and Photonic Materials and Devices Laboratory

4

or PHYSICS 107. Experimental Techniques and Data Analysis

4

Quantum Mechanics:

EE 222 and 223. Applied Quantum Mechanics

6

or PHYSICS 130 and 131. Quantum Mechanics

8

Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics:

PHYSICS 170 and 171. Thermodynamics, Kinetic Theory, and Statistical Mechanics

8

or ME 346A. Introduction to Statistical Mechanics

3

Design Course (choose one of the following):

CS 108. Object-Oriented Systems Design

3-4

EE 133. Analog Communications Design Laboratory

3

ME 203. Manufacturing and Design

3-4

ME 210 or EE 118. Introduction to Mechatronics

4

PHYSICS 108. Project Laboratory

3

Three courses from one specialty area:

9-12

Solid State Physics:

APPPHYS 272. Solid State Physics I

3

APPPHYS 273. Solid State Physics II

3

EE 116. Semiconductor Device Physics

3

EE 216. Principles and Models of Semiconductor Devices

3

MATSCI 199. Electronic and Optical Properties of Solids

4

PHYSICS 172. Solid State Physics

3

Photonics:

EE 216. Principles and Models of Semiconductor Devices

3

EE 231. Introduction to Lasers

3

EE 232. Laser Dynamics

3

EE 234. Photonics Laboratory

3

EE 243. Semiconductor Optoelectronic Devices

3

EE 268. Introduction to Modern Optics

3

MATSCI 199. Electronic and Optical Properties of Solids

4

Materials Science: Any MATSCI courses numbered 151 to 199

(except 159Q) or PHYSICS 172

Electromechanical System Design:

ME 80. Strength of Materials

4

ME 112. Mechanical Engineering Design

4

ME 210 or EE 118. Introduction to Mechatronics

4

Energy Systems:

ME 131A. Heat Transfer

3-4

ME 131B. Fluid Mechanics: Compressible Flow and Turbomachinery

4

ME 140. Advanced Thermal Systems

5

Renewable Energy:

 

EE 293A. Fundamentals of Energy Processes

3

EE 293B. Fundamentals of Energy Processes

3

MATSCI 156. Solar Cells, Fuel Cells and Batteries

4

MATSCI 302. Solar Cells

3

MATSCI 316. Nanoscale Science, Engineering, and Technology

3

ME 260. Fuel Cell Science Technology

3

These requirements are subject to change. The final requirements are published with sample programs in the Handbook for Undergraduate Engineering Programs.

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