Basic physics is an integral part of every engineering curriculum. However, in many areas of engineering the sophistication of the field, 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 recently discovered physical phenomena (lasers, nuclear reactors, particle accelerators, etc.) that have been successfully brought to fruition by engineers.
Engineering Physics is particularly attractive to those students who may attend graduate school, even if they have not 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.
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 may select in a specialized field of engineering. This sequence of courses can be chosen by the student (with the advisor’s agreement) in any field of interest, such as microprocessor design, plasma processing, electro-optics, radiological health, 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 interest.
Engineering Physics is administered by the Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences Department.
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