Basic physics is an integral part of every engineering curriculum. However, the sophistication of many areas of engineering, coupled with the staggering rate of technological advance, has created a need for engineers with much stronger backgrounds in math and physics—people who can work in an engineering environment and who are capable of applying advanced physics concepts to bring innovations to the marketplace. For example, the development of the computer closely followed the invention of the transistor. Consider the number of other physical phenomena (lasers, nuclear reactors, semiconductors, nuclear magnetic resonance, particle accelerators, etc.) that have been developed by engineers into modern technologies.
Engineering Physics is particularly attractive to those students who may attend graduate school, even if they have not yet decided on a particular field. An advanced physics and mathematics background, coupled with an engineering curriculum, is excellent preparation for most graduate engineering programs and for traditional physics or applied physics programs. Additionally, for those students that are seeking industry careers after their undergraduate degrees, the Engineering Physics curriculum offers the opportunity to focus in an advanced engineering area while developing a strong fundamental physics foundation.
Engineering Physics meets the stated needs by providing a thorough curriculum in basic and advanced engineering courses combined with sufficient physics and mathematics to be equivalent to a traditional degree in physics. A unique feature of the curriculum is the elective sequence of engineering courses that the student elects in a specialized field of engineering. This sequence of courses is chosen by the student (with the advisor’s input and approval) in any field of interest, such as quantum computing, data science, microprocessor design, plasma science and technology, electro-optics, computational methods or bioengineering, to name just a few. With 42 credit hours of electives in math, engineering and physics, the student has a high degree of flexibility and opportunity for exploring or specializing in fields of their interest. Many Engineering Physics students also take advantage of the extensive research opportunities on campus, both in engineering and in science departments.
The Engineering Physics degree program is administered by the Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences Department.
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