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Engineering Physics:

Bachelor of Science in Engineering (B.S.E.), Engineering Physics Major

The Case School of Engineering

(updated on March 30, 2014)

The Engineering Physics major allows students with strong interests in both physics and engineering to concentrate their studies in the common areas of these disciplines. The Engineering Physics major prepares students to pursue careers in industry, either directly after undergraduate studies, or following graduate study in engineering or physics. Many employers value the unique problem solving approach of physics, especially in industrial research and development.

Students majoring in engineering physics complete the Engineering Core as well as a rigorous course of study in physics. Students select a concentration area from an engineering discipline, and must complete a sequence of at least four courses in this discipline. In addition, a senior research and design project under the guidance of a faculty member is required. The project includes a written report and participation in the senior seminar and symposium.

Mission and Program Objectives
The mission of the Engineering Physics program is to prepare students for careers in engineering where physics principles can be applied to the advancement of technology. This education at the intersection of engineering and physics will enable students to seek employment in engineering upon graduation while, at the same time, provide a firm foundation for the pursuit of graduate studies in either engineering or physics. The Engineering Physics program will develop sufficient depth in both engineering and physics skills to produce engineers who can relate fundamental physics to practical engineering problems, and will possess the versatility to address new problems in our rapidly changing technological base. The program will provide a curriculum and environment to develop interdisciplinary collaboration, ethical and professional outlooks, communication skills, and the tools and desire for life-long learning. In order to realize this mission, the Engineering Physics Program will pursue the following objectives:

Program Objective 1:Graduates of the Engineering Physics program will 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.  Its engineering science and design components prepare students to work as professional engineers.

Program Objective 2:Graduates of the Engineering Physics program will use their strong skills in problem solving, research experience and knowledge in physics and engineering as successful graduate students and researchers in highly ranked graduate programs.

The Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree program in Engineering Physics is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org


Course requirements for B.S.E., Engineering Physics Major

Engineering Core and Science Requirements
PHYS 121 or 123  General Physics I. Mechanics or Physics & Frontiers I - Mechanics
PHYS 122 or 124  General Physics II. Electricity and Magnetism or Physics & Frontiers I - Electricity and Magnetism
PHYS 221               Introduction to Modern Physics
MATH 121             Calculus for Science and Engineering I
MATH 122             Calculus for Science and Engineering II
MATH 223             Calculus for Science and Engineering III
MATH 224             Elementary Differential Equations
CHEM 111             Principles of Chemistry for Engineers
ENGR 131              Elementary Computer Programming
ENGR 145              Chemistry of Materials
ENGR 200              Statics and Strength of Materials
ENGR 210              Introduction to Circuits and Instrumentation
ENGR 225              Thermodynamics, Fluid Dynamics, Heat and Mass Transfer
ENGR/ENGL 398   Professional Communication for Engineers
SAGES   First Seminar and 2 University Seminars
Humanities and Social Science 12 hours
Physical Education

Physics Courses
PHYS 208               Instrumentation and Signal Analysis Laboratory
PHYS 250               Computational Methods in Physics
PHYS 303               Advanced Physics Laboratory Seminar
PHYS 310               Classical Mechanics
PHYS 313               Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics
PHYS 317               Engineering Physics Laboratory I
PHYS 318               Engineering Physics Laboratory II
PHYS 324               Electricity and Magnetism I
PHYS 325               Electricity and Magnetism II
PHYS 331               Introduction to Quantum Mechanics I
PHYS 352               Senior Physics Project Seminar
PHYS 353               Engineering Physics Senior Project

Applications of Quantum Mechanics  (Choose one of the following courses)
PHYS 332               Introduction to Quantum Mechanics II
PHYS 327               Laser Physics
EEAP 321               Physical and Solid State Electronics
EEAP 420               Solid State Electronics I
EMSE 314              Electrical, Magnetic, and Optical Properties of Materials
EMSE 405              Dielectric, Optical, and Magnetic Properties of Materials

Engineering Physics Concentration
Engineering Physics majors must complete a sequence of at least four upper level courses in an engineering concentration.  Below is a list of suggested sequences in the various engineering programs.  Students should seek advice from those engineering representatives listed below for each program in order to select the courses, either from the courses below or a set of four consistent with scheduling, student preparation, and student interest.  Both the program representative and the student’s advisor must approve the sequence.  Following approval, students must submit the paperwork to undergraduate studies to insure credit for the sequence toward graduation.

Biomedical Engineering Concentration
Contact:  Prof. Justin Tyler

Biomedical Systems and Analysis, Devices, and Instrumentation
EBME 201 (Physiology-Biophysics I)
EBME 202 (Physiology-Biophysics II)
EBME 308 (Biomedical Signals & Systems)
Plus one from the following:
EBME 309/359 (Modeling for Biomedical Engineering)
EBME 317 (Excitable Cells)
EECS 245 (Electronic Circuits)
EECS 309 (Electromagnetics)

Biomaterials
EBME 201 (Physiology-Biophysics I)
EBME 202 (Physiology-Biophysics II)
EBME 306 (Introduction to Biomedical Materials)
Plus one from the following: (pre-reqs might preclude a few of the options)
EBME 303 (Structure of Biological Materials)
EBME 305 (Materials for Prosthetics and Orthotics)
EBME 325 (Introduction to Tissue Engineering)
EBME 315 (Applied Tissue Engineering)
EBME 350 (Quantitative Molecular Bioengineering)
EBME 406 (Polymers in Medicine)

Chemical Engineering Concentration
Contact: Prof. Uziel Landau

ECHE 260              Introduction to Chemical Systems
ECHE 360              Transport Phenomena for Chemical Systems     
ECHE 361              Separation Processes                                                    
ECHE 364              Chemical Reaction Processes     

Civil Engineering Concentration
Contact: Prof. Xiangwu Zeng or see below

ECIV 310        Strength of Materials
ECIV 211        Civil Engineering Materials

And then two courses from Civil Engineering Minors lists in either:
Solid Mechanics                                (Contact: Prof. Brian Metrovich)
Structural Engineering                   (Contact: Prof. Dario Gasparini)
Geotechnical Engineering            (Contact: Prof. Bill Yu)
Environmental Engineering         (Contact: Prof. Aaron Jennings)

Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Concentration
Contact: Prof. Michael Lewicki

Solid State
EECS 245        Electronic Circuits
EECS 321        Semiconductor Electronic Devices
EECS 322        Integrated Circuits/Electronic Devices
EECS 344        Electronic Analysis and Design

Computer Science
EECS 233        Introduction to Data Structures      
EECS 302        Discrete Mathematics
EECS 340        Algorithms and Data Structures      
EECS 341        Databases

Computer Engineering, Software
EECS 233        Introduction to Data Structures
EECS 337        Systems Programming
EECS 338        Introduction to Operating Systems
Plus one from the following:
EECS 315        Digital Systems Design
EECS 301        Digital Logic Laboratory       

Computer Engineering, Hardware
EECS 233        Introduction to Data Structures      
EECS 281        Logic Design and Computer Organization
EECS 316        Computer Design
Plus one from the following:
EECS 315        Digital Systems Design        
EECS 301        Digital Logic Laboratory       

Systems and Control
EECS 246        Systems and Control
EECS 304        Control Engineering I
EECS 346        Engineering Optimization
EECS 352        Engineering Economic and Decision Analysis

Macromolecular Science and Engineering Concentration
Contact: Prof. David Schiraldi

EMAC 270      Introduction to Polymer Science
EMAC 376      Polymer Engineering
EMAC 377      Polymer Processing
Plus one from the following:
EMAC 378      Polymer Engineer Design Product
EMAC 403      Polymer Physics

Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering Concentration
Contact:  Prof. Iwan Alexander

Aerospace Engineering
EMAE 325            Fluid and Thermal Engineering II
EMAE 359            Aero/Gas Dynamics
EMAE 381            Flight and Orbital Dynamics
Plus one from the following:
EMAE 382            Propulsion
EMAE 376            Aerostructures

Mechanics Engineering
EMAE 325            Fluid and Thermal Engineering II
EMAE 350            Mechanical Engineering Analysis
EMAE 355            Design of Fluid and Thermal Analysis
Plus one from the following:
EMAE 387            Vibration Problems in Engineering
EMAE 370            Design of Mechanical Elements

Materials Science and Engineering Sequence
Contact: Prof. James McGuffin-Cawley

EMSE 201             Introduction to Materials Science
EMSE 202             Phase Diagrams and Phase Transitions
EMSE 314             Electrical, Magnetic, and Optical Properties of Materials
EMSE 312             Diffraction Principles



BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN ENGINEERING DEGREE

Major in Engineering Physics - typical schedule

 

Fall
(Class Hours-Lab Hours-Credit Hours)

Spring
(Class Hours-Lab Hours-Credit Hours)

First
Year

PHYS 121 General Physics I. Mechanics (4-3-4)b
MATH 121 Calculus for Science and Engineering I (4-0-4)a
CHEM 111 Principles of Chemistry for Engineers (4-0-4)
FS** SAGES First Seminar (4-0-4)
PHED *** Physical Education Activities (0-3-0)
Total (16-6-16)

PHYS 122 General Physics II. Electricity & Magnetism (4-3-4)b
MATH 122 Calculus for Science and Engineering II (4-0-4)a
ENGR 131 Elementary Computer Programming (2-2-3)
ENGR 145 Chemistry of Materials (4-0-4)
US** University Seminar (3-0-3)
PHED *** Physical Education Activities (0-3-0)
Total (17-8-18)

Second Year

PHYS 221 General Physics III – Modern Physics (3-0-3)
MATH 223 Calculus for Science & Engineering III (3-0-3)
ENGR 200 Statics and Strength of Materials (3-0-3)
ENGR  210 Circuits & Instrumentation (3-2-4)
US** University Seminar (3-0-3)
Total (15-2-16)

PHYS 208 Instrumentation and Signal Analysis Lab (2-4-4)
PHYS 250 Computing Methods (3-0-3)
PHYS 310 Classical Mechanics (3-0-3)
MATH 224 Differential Equations (3-0-3)
ENGR 225 Thermodynamics, Fluids, Heat & Mass Transfer (4-0-4)
Total (15-4-17)

Third Year

PHYS 303 Adv. Lab Physics Seminar (1-0-1)
PHYS 313 Thermodynamics & Statistical Mech. (3-0-3)
PHYS 317 Engineering Physics Lab I (0-3-3)
PHYS 331 Introduction to Quantum Mechanics I(3-0-3)
Engineering Concentration (3-0-3)c
Humanities/Social Science Elective (3-0-3)
Total (13-3-16)

PHYS 318 Engineering Physics Lab II(2-4-4)
PHYS 324 Electricity and Magnetism I(3-0-3)
ENGL 398N Professional Communications (3-0-3)
Humanities/Social Science Elective (3-0-3)
Engineering Concentration (3-0-3)c
Total (14-4-16)

Fourth Year

PHYS 352 Sr. Physics Project Seminar (1-0-1)
PHYS 353 Sr. Engineering Physics Project (0-6-2)
PHYS 325 Electricity and Magnetism II(3-0-3)
Engineering Concentration (3-0-3)c
Humanities/Social Science Elective (3-0-3)
Open Elective (3-0-3)
Total(13-6-15)

PHYS 352 Sr. Physics Project Seminar (1-0-1)
PHYS 353 Sr. Engineering Physics Project (0-6-2)
Applied Quantum Mechanics (3-0-3)d
Engineering Concentration (3-0-3)c
Humanities/Social Science Elective (3-0-3)
Open Elective (3-0-3)
Total(13-6-15)

Hours required for graduation: 129

a. Selected students may be invited to take MATH 123, 124, 227, and 228 in place of MATH 121, 122, 223, and 224.
b. Selected students may be invited to take PHYS 123, 124 Physics and Frontiers I, II Honors in place of PHYS 121, 122.
c. Engineering Physics Concentration courses are flexible, but must be in a specific engineering discipline or study area and be approved by an advisor.  Possible concentration areas include: Aerospace engineering, Biomedical engineering “hardware,” Biomedical engineering “software,” Chemical engineering, Civil engineering (solid mechanics, structural and geotechnical, environmental), Computer science, Computer systems hardware, Computer systems software, Control systems and automation, Electrical engineering, Macromolecular science, Materials science and engineering, Mechanical engineering, Signal processing, Systems analysis and decision making.
d. PHYS 332, PHYS 327/427, EEAP 321, EEAP 420, EMSE 314, or EMSE 405

 


For more information, contact Prof. Mike Martens, mam18@case.edu .

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