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Engineering Physics

Physics & Astronomy Department

Engineering Physics

Engineering physics is the study of the combined disciplines of physics, engineering and mathematics in order to develop an understanding of the interrelationships of these three disciplines. Fundamental physics is combined with problem solving and engineering skills, which then has broad applications. Career paths for Engineering physics is usually (broadly) "engineering, applied science or applied physics through research, teaching or entrepreneurial engineering". This interdisciplinary knowledge is designed for the continuous innovation occurring with technology. 

Unlike traditional engineering disciplines, engineering physics is not confined to a particular branch of physics or engineering. Instead, engineering physics is meant to provide a more thorough grounding in applied physics for a selected specialty such as electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, or a combination of engineering disciplines. It is the discipline devoted to creating and optimizing engineering solutions through enhanced understanding and integrated application of mathematical, scientific, statistical, and engineering principles. The discipline is also meant for cross-functionality and bridges the gap between physics and practical engineering with emphasis in research and development, design, and analysis. The distinguishing feature of an Engineering Physics program is a focus on the fundamentals of physics and mathematics, both experimental and theoretical, that are at the heart of modern engineering and research and have broad applicability. In this program students combine this physics base with a firm background in engineering or applied science.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Bachelors of Science in Engineering Physics program is to educate students in both the fundamental laws of physics and in the applied and design aspects of an engineering discipline. Students will be prepared to combine fundamental problem solving skills with applied knowledge to attack challenging real-world problems.

Program Educational Objectives

PEOs describe what an Engineering Physics BS graduate should be able to do in the years following graduation from the program. The BSEP program educational objectives are to train and develop graduates who go on in their careers to:

  1. 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.  The engineering science and design components of the program prepare students to work as professional engineers.
  2. Effectively communicate opportunities and solutions to technical and nontechnical communities.
  3. Use lifelong learning skills to take advantage of professional development opportunities in their disciplines and develop new knowledge and skills and pursue areas of expertise or interests.

Engineering Physics Student Learning Outcomes

The Engineering Physics program seeks to produce graduates who can:

  1. Identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
  2. Apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors.
  3. Communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  4. Recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.
  5. Function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives.
  6. Develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.
  7. Acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

Further Program Information 

Engineering Physics B.S.E.P. provides information on degree requirements.

Sample plans for Engineering Physics B.S.E.P.:

Admission to Upper Division

Students enrolled in the Engineering Physics B.S.E.P. must apply for admission into upper division using this form.

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