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ENGINEERING PHYSICS

The bachelor’s degree program in Engineering Physics is offered jointly by the School of
Engineering and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Department of Physics. The goal of
the interdisciplinary Engineering Physics Program is to offer students a solid background in the
fundamentals of physics while applying that knowledge to engineering disciplines. It is intended
for students who would seek employment in industry after the baccalaureate degree, plan to
attend graduate school in either a specific engineering discipline or in Physics/Applied Physics,
or plan to pursue a professional career with advanced degrees in law or business. The program is
designed to provide a fundamental understanding of physical principles, a strong background in
quantitative skills, and a strong background in an engineering discipline.

The major requires 134 credits of course work including 4 credits of senior thesis.

The engineering disciplines participating in the Engineering Physics major are Electrical &
Computer Engineering (ECE), Metallurgy & Materials Engineering (MMAT), and Mechanical
Engineering (ME). Students who are unsure about their preparation or their choice of a major
should consult with the appropriate advisors in the School of Engineering and the Department of
Physics for help in selecting a program that is most suitable.

Increasingly, engineering requires an understanding of core physics fundamentals. Practitioners
may encounter questions such as:

ƒ What is the fundamental size limitation of electronic devices?
ƒ What are the limitations of quantum computing?
ƒ What is a spin transistor or what is a single electron transistor?
ƒ What material systems should be considered in order to produce tera-hertz switching?
ƒ How are micro-channels used to cool VLSI circuits using fluids?
ƒ What are nano-structures?

To answer these questions and others, which relate to technological advancements, a deeper
understanding of the underlying physical principles is required. The Engineering Physics major
prepares students to answer these discipline-spanning questions with confidence.

Contacts:

Dr. John Ayers Dr. Niloy Dutta
Electrical & Computer Engineering Department of Physics
Bronwell Building, Unit 2157 2152 Hillside Rd., Unit 3046
University of Connecticut University of Connecticut
Storrs, CT 06269-2157 Storrs, CT 06269-3046
Ph.: (860) 486-2207 Ph.: (860) 486-3481
E-mail: jayers@engr.uconn.edu E-mail: niloy@eng2.uconn.edu

For additional details and curricula, refer to:
Physics
Electrical & Computer Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Metallurgy & Materials Engineering

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Among these technologies are silicon microprocessors. However. and substitutions of course requirements by individual students. The major requires 134 credits of course work including 4 credits of senior thesis. but also an understanding of the physical principles of the underlying mechanisms. College of Liberal Arts and Sciences I. students may also choose to spread their studies over nine or ten semesters. ENGINEERING PHYSICS An Interdisciplinary Program Jointly Offered by the School of Engineering and the Department of Physics. and Mechanical Engineering (ME). II. The undergraduate Engineering Physics major offers students a strong foundation in physical science and engineering so that a wide range of career choices are available after graduation. and many others. IMPORTANCE Technology is a driving force in the world today. It is intended for students who would seek employment in industry after the baccalaureate degree. The exact sequence of humanities and social science courses may be chosen by the student. The engineering disciplines included in the following are Electrical Engineering (EE). The courses prescribed for the program meet the general education requirements of both the School of Engineering and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The directors will make recommendations to the Dean and Department Head for modifications. Department of Physics. micro-electro-mechanical sensors. a strong background in quantitative skills. image processing. although the ones shown below are recommended. and a strong background in an engineering discipline. CATALOG COPY The Engineering Physics major is a joint program between the School of Engineering and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The goal of the Engineering Physics Program is to offer students a solid background in the fundamentals of physics while applying that knowledge to engineering disciplines. Examples of physics questions associated with the directions of current technologies are : What is the fundamental size limitation of electronic devices? What are the limitations of quantum computing? What is a spin transistor or what is a single electron transistor? What material systems should be considered in order to produce tera-hertz switching? How are micro-channels used to cool VLSI circuits using fluids? What are nano-structures? To answer these questions and others which relate to technological advancements. plan to attend graduate school in either a specific engineering discipline or in Physics/Applied Physics. communication technologies. Students who are unsure about their preparation or their choice of a major should consult with the appropriate advisors in the School of Engineering and the Department of Physics for help in selecting a program that is most suitable. The program introduces the student to the key theoretical foundations and application areas in preparation for both industrial careers and graduate study. A suitably prepared student who follows one of the curricula listed below should be able complete the requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Engineering Physics in eight semesters. or plan to pursue a professional career with advanced degrees in law or business. 2 . An ability to participate in the technological advances not only needs a strong background in engineering fundamentals. The program is designed to provide a fundamental understanding of physical principles. a deeper understanding of the underlying physical principles is required. Administration of the program is the responsibility of co-directors appointed by the Dean of Engineering and the Department Head of Physics. waivers. Metallurgy and Materials Engineering (MMAT). Students are required to meet the academic level of performance as specified by both schools.

3 Total Credits 17 Total Credits 13 Total Credits (Four years) 134 EE Electives: EE 215.Multivar.Quantum Physics 3 PHYS 258Z . 242.Literature & Composition 3 Total Credits 16 Total Credits 17 SOPHOMORE YEAR PHYS 242Q . Eqns.249.Mechanics I 3 PHYS 230Q . 4 MATH 211Q . Term. 3 EE 245 . 3 Non-Western Course (Group 5) 3 Elective 2 PHYS 271Q – Stat. 3 EE 202 .Calculus II 4 ENGR 100 . Appl. 2 PHIL 104 (Group 6) 3 Social Science Course (Group 7) 3 Literature Course (Group 4) 3 Total Credits 18 Total Credits 17 JUNIOR YEAR PHYS 255Q .Design Lab. 3 CSE 208W .Fiber Optics Lab. 3 CSE 207 .Diff.Calculus I 4 MATH 116Q . 275Q. 3 EE 209W .Fiber Optics 3 EE 229 .Signals & Systems 3 EE 261 . 270 *Quantum Mechanics for Engineers Offered by EE can be substituted 3 .Analog Design Lab.General Chemistry I 4 CHEM 128Q . Mod.Lab. Calc. 3 EE 241 . 268 Physics Electives: PHYS 273Q.Commun.Elem.Quantum Mechanics* 3 PHYS 285Z .Electricity & Magnetism I 3 PHYS 257Q .Micro/Opto Devices 3 EE 228 . for Engrs. 263.Prob. Phys. 240.Physics for Engineers II 4 CHEM 127Q . A 3 EE 204 .Electricity & Magnetism II 3 MATH 272Q .Appl. Diff. 3 EE 232 .Physics for Engineers I 4 PHYS 152Q . & Ckts. Linear Algebra 3 STAT 224Q .Logic Design Lab.General Chemistry II 4 MATH 115Q . Circuit Anal. Eqns.Orientation to Engineering 1 CSE 123C .English Composition 3 ENGL 109 .Intro. 2 MATH 210Q . Systems. to Computing 2 ENGL 105 .Fund. 247. 3 Western course (Group 5 ) 3 MATH 227Q .Electronic Dev.Computer Science 3 EE 201 . 267.EE Lab. Bachelor of Science in Engineering Physics (EE) Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits FRESHMAN YEAR PHYS 151Q . 281Q.Systems Analysis 3 Arts Course (Group 4) 3 HIST 100 or 101 (Group 5) 3 Total Credits 18 Total Credits 18 SENIOR YEAR ENGR 295 – Special topics 2 ENGR 295 – Special topics 2 PHYS 261Q .

Mechanics I 3 PHYS 230Q .Design Lab. 3 PHYS 281Q . 3 MATH 210Q .Applied Thermodynamics 3 Total Credits 16 Total Credits 17 SENIOR YEAR ENGR 295 – Special topics 2 ENGR 295 .Physics for Engineers I 4 PHYS 152Q . Appl.Literature & Composition 3 Total Credits 16 Total Credits 17 SOPHOMORE YEAR PHYS 242Q . 3 MMAT 255 .Optics 4 MMAT 265 .Multivar. Calc.Structure/Properties II 3 Arts Course (Group 4) 3 MMAT 286W . Bachelor of Science in Engineering Physics (MMAT) Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits FRESHMAN YEAR PHYS 151Q . I 1 PHIL 104 (Group 6) 3 Social Science Course (Group 7) 3 Elective 3 Total Credits 16 Total Credits 18 JUNIOR YEAR PHYS 255Q .Calculus II 4 ENGR 100 . 3 MATH 211Q . 4 MMAT 244 . 3 MMAT 267 .English Composition 3 ENGL 109 .Elem.Electricity & Magnetism II 3 MATH 272Q .Orientation to Engineering 1 CSE 123C .Electricity & Magnetism I 3 PHYS 257Q . 277. 284 Physics Electives: PHYS 271Q.Diff.Structure/Properties III 3 CHEG 256 -Polymeric Materials 3 MMAT Elective 3 MMAT Elective 3 Non-Western (Group 5) 3 HIST 100 or 101 (Group 5) 3 Western Course (Group 5) 3 Elective 3 Total Credits 17 Total Credits 17 Total Credits (Four years) 134 MMAT Electives: MMAT 256. to Computing 2 ENGL 105 . Eqns.Quantum Physics 3 PHYS 258Z .Materials Processing 4 MMAT 266 .Intro. II 1 MMAT 256 .Intro.General Chemistry I 4 CHEM 128Q . 275Q.Materials Lab.Lab. Diff.Quantum Mechanics* 3 PHYS 285Z .Intro. 283.Calculus I 4 MATH 116Q . to Structure I 2 Literature Course (Group 4) 3 MMAT 283 .Structure/Properties I 3 PHYS 273Q .Materials Lab. to Solid State Phys.Special topics 2 PHYS 261Q . Eqns. 270 *Quantum Mechanics for Engineers Offered by EE can be substituted 4 .Intro.Physics for Engineers II 4 CHEM 127Q .General Chemistry II 4 MATH 115Q . to Structure II 3 MMAT 243 . 276.

Applied Thermo.Literature & Composition 3 Total Credits 16 Total Credits 17 SOPHOMORE YEAR PHYS 242Q . 239.Physics for Engineers II 4 CHEM 127Q .Machine Design 3 ME Elective 3 Non-Western Course (Group 5) 3 Electives 6 Western Course (Group 5) 3 Total Credits 17 Total Credits 17 Total Credits (Four years) 134 ME Electives: ME 214.Heat Transfer 3 ME Elective 3 ME 227 . for Engrs. I 3 MATH 210Q . Eqns. Prin.Prob.Design Lab. Appl. 230.Intro. 228. Diff.Electricity & Magnetism II 3 MATH 272Q . 270 *Quantum Mechanics for Engineers Offered by EE can be substituted 5 . 260. Mod.Mechanics I 3 PHYS 230Q . Mech. 275Q. 262.Applied Mechanics I 3 CE 287 . 229. Eqns.Multivar.Physics for Engineers I 4 PHYS 152Q . 3 PHYS Elective 3 ME 234 . to Computing 2 ENGL 105 . 295 Physics Electives: PHYS 273Q. 3 CE 211 .Lab.Dynam.Calculus II 4 ENGR 100 . 3 ME 250 .Fluid Dynamics I 3 ME 253 Linear Systems Theory 3 ME 220 .Diff. 224.Calculus I 4 MATH 116Q .English Composition 3 ENGL 109 .Quantum Mechanics* 3 PHYS 285Z . 3 ME 242 .General Chemistry I 4 CHEM 128Q . 3 ME 233 . 4 MATH 211Q .Thermo. 3 Arts Course (Group 4) 3 Literature Course (Group 4) 3 HIST 100 or 101 3 STAT 224Q .General Chemistry II 4 MATH 115Q .281Q.Electricity & Magnetism I 3 PHYS 257Q . Calc. 3 Total Credits 18 Total Credits 18 SENIOR YEAR ENGR 295 – Special topics 2 ENGR 295 – Special topics 2 PHYS 261Q . Bachelor of Science in Engineering Physics (ME) Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits FRESHMAN YEAR PHYS 151Q . Sys.Quantum Physics 3 PHYS 258Z .Mechanics of Materials 3 PHIL 104 (Group 6) 3 Social Science Course (Group 7) 3 Total Credits 16 Total Credits 15 JUNIOR YEAR PHYS 255Q .Orientation to Engineering 1 CSE 123C .Elem.