BS in Engineering Physics

Because a physics major can take you in many different directions, and students come to the subject with a wide range of backgrounds, interests and goals, we have designed our requirements for maximum flexibility. The material below describes the requirements and outlines some possible courses of study, but you will work closely with your advisor to design a curriculum aligned with your interests and goals. For more detailed information please speak with your advisor. 

Program Requirements and Policies

  • PHY 11 and 12 (or equivalent) are prerequisites for all Physics majors.
  • A minimum GPA of 2.0 is required for the courses applied to the major and no more than one course applied to the major may have a grade of less than C-.
  • No major courses may be taken Pass/Fail.
  • If you have more than one major, please see Bulletin for rules on double-counting courses.
  • If you have a minor, no more than two course credits used toward the minor may be used toward foundation, distribution, major, or other minor requirements.

Course Requirements

Foundation requirement:

  1. PHY 13: Introduction to Modern Physics
  2. PHY 32: Intermediate Mechanics
  3. PHY 52: Thermal Physics
  4. PHY 41: Electronics (or ES 3: Introduction To Electrical Systems W/ Lab and ES 4: Introduction To Digital Logic Circuits W/ Lab)
  5. Two courses from ES 3, 4, 5, 8, or 9
  6. Two other courses satisfying the foundation requirements of the School of Engineering

12 concentration courses:

  1. PHY 64: Advanced Experimental Physics
  2. Three additional courses in Physics or Astronomy at the intermediate or advanced levels.
  3. Four courses from the concentration requirements of one of the engineering departments.
  4. Four approved elective course in computer science, engineering, mathematics, or science.