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Engineering Physics

Objectives of the Engineering Physics Program
Engineering Physics Curriculum
Facilities
Courses

153 Engineering Research Building, 1500 Engineering Drive, Madison, WI 53706; 608-263-7038; www.engr.wisc.edu/ep/

Professors Blanchard (chair), T. Allen, Bier (also Industrial Engineering), Bisognano, Bonazza, Corradini (also Mechanical Engineering), Crone, Deluca (also Medical Physics), Drugan, Fonck, Hegna, Henderson, Kammer, Lakes, Mackie (also Medical Physics),Moses, Pfotenhauer (also Mechanical Engineering), Plesha, Smith (also Mathematics), Sovinec, Vanderby (also Biomedical Engineering), Waleffe (also Mathematics), Wilson; Associate Professor M. Allen, Thomadsen (also Medical Physics), Witt; Assistant Professors Notbohm, Scarlat, Schmitz

The Department of Engineering Physics offers the B.S. degree in engineering physics. The degree is designed for the ever-changing technologies in emerging technological areas to graduates who will become a source of qualified employees for high tech, start-up companies and traditional engineering firms, as well as be prepared for advanced graduate degrees.

Students specialize in a technological focus area such as: nanoengineering, plasma science and engineering, and scientific computing.

Distinguishing features of the engineering physics degree include: strong emphasis on math and physics, and engineering fundamentals; choice of a technical focus area beginning in the junior year; emphasis on research project, culminating in a senior thesis.

Entrance Requirements. See this link.

Objectives of the Engineering Physics Program

The objectives of the engineering physics program are to:

  • Educate students to think and participate deeply, creatively, and analytically in emerging areas of engineering technology.
  • Educate students in the basics of instrumentation, design of laboratory techniques, measurement, data acquisition, interpretation, and analysis
  • Educate students in the methodology of research.
  • Provide and facilitate teamwork and multidisciplinary experiences throughout the curriculum.
  • Foster the development of effective oral and written communication skills.
  • Expose students to environmental, ethical and contemporary issues.

Engineering Physics Curriculum

The following curriculum applies to students who entered the program after September 2004.

Summary of Requirements

Mathematics/Statistics Requirement, 25 cr
Science Requirement, 28 cr
Engineering Science Requirement, 25-27 cr
Focus Area Courses, 22 cr
Technical Electives, 6 cr
Communications Skills Requirement, 7 cr
Liberal Studies Requirement, 16 cr

Total Credits: 129–131
I. Mathematics/Statistics Requirement, 25 credits

Math 221 Calculus and Analytic Geometry 1, 5 cr
Math 222 Calculus and Analytic Geometry 2, 4 cr
Math 234 Calculus - Functions of Several Variables, 4 cr
Math 319 Techniques in Ordinary Differential Equations, 3 cr
Math 321 Applied Mathematical Analysis, 3 cr
Math 340/341 Linear Algebra, 3 cr
Stat 224 Introductory Statistics for Engineers, 3 cr

II. Science Requirement, 28 credits

Chem 109 Advanced General Chemistry, 5 cr
Physics 202 General Physics, 5 cr
Physics 241 or 205 Modern Physics, 3 cr
Physics 322 Electromagnetic Fields, 3 cr
CS 310 or EP 271 Engineering Problem Solving, 3 cr
MS&E 350/351 or CBE 440 Introduction to Materials Science, 3 cr
NE 305 Fundamentals of Nuclear Engineering or Physics 531 Introduction to Quantum Mechanics, 3 cr
Computing Elective, 3 cr

III. Engineering Science Requirement, 25–27 credits

EMA 201 Statics, 3 cr
Physics 311 Mechanics, 3 cr
EMA 303 Mechanics of Materials, 3 cr
EMA 307 Mechanics of Materials Lab, 1 cr
InterEGR 160 Introduction to Engineering Design, 3 cr
ME 361 or MS&E 330 Thermodynamics, 3 cr or 4 cr
ECE 376 Electrical and Electronic Circuits , 3 cr or Physics 321 Electric Circuits and Electronics, 4 cr
ME 363 Fluid Mechanics, 3 cr
ME 364 Elementary Heat Transfer or MS&E 331 Transport Phenomena in Materials, 3 cr

IV. Focus Area Courses, 22 credits

Research and Development/Senior Thesis, 8 cr
Focus Electives, 14 cr

V. Technical Electives, 6 credits

6 credits at a level that requires two semesters of calculus or two semesters of physics as a prerequisite.

VI. Communications Skills Requirement, 7 credits

Communications ”A” Elective, 2 cr
(must be selected from an approved list available in the department office)
EPD 275 Technical Presentations or Com Arts 105 Public Speaking, 2 cr
EPD 397 Technical Communication, 3 cr

VII. Liberal Studies Requirement, 16 credits

Students must take 16 credits that carry H, S, L, or Z breadth designators. These credits must fulfill the following subrequirements:

  1. A minimum of 2 courses from the same department or program. At least 1 of these 2 courses must be designated as above the elementary level (I, A, or D) in the timetable.
  2. A minimum of 6 credits designated as humanities (H, L, or Z in the course listing), and an additional minimum of 3 credits designated as social science (S or Z in the course listing). Foreign language courses count as H credits. Retroactive credits for language courses may not be used to meet the Liberal Studies credit requirement (they can be used for subrequirement 1 above).
  3. At least 3 credits in courses designated as ethnic studies (lower case “e” in the course listing). These courses may help satisfy subrequirements 1 and 2 above, but they only count once toward the total required. Note: Some courses may have “e” designation but not have H, S, L, or Z designation; these courses do not count toward the Liberal Studies requirement.

For information on credit load, adding or dropping courses, course substitutions, pass/fail, auditing courses, dean's honor list, repeating courses, probation, and graduation, see the College of Engineering Official Regulations.

Suggested Eight-Semester Course Sequence
Freshman Year, First Semester, 15 credits

Chem 109 General Chemistry, 5 cr
Math 221 Calculus and Analytic Geometry 1, 5 cr
Communications ”A” Elective, 2 cr
InterEGR 160 Introduction to Engineering, 3 cr

Second Semester, 15 credits

EMA 201 Statics, 3 cr
Math 222 Calculus and Analytic Geometry 2, 4 cr
Physics 202 General Physics, 5 cr
Liberal Studies Elective, 3 cr

Sophomore Year, First Semester, 17 credits

Math 319 Techniques in Ordinary Differential Equations, 3 cr
Physics 241 or 205 Modern Physics, 3 cr
Physics 311 Mechanics*, 3 cr
CS 310 or EP 271 Engineering Problem Solving, 3 cr
EPD 275 Technical Presentations or Com Arts 105 Public Speaking, 2 cr
Stat 224 Introductory Statistics for Engineers, 3 cr

*Physics 311 highly recommended for all EP majors; however, EMA 202 Dynamics is acceptable substitute.

Second Semester, 17 credits

Math 234 Calculus—Functions of Several Variables, 4 cr
Physics 322 Electromagnetic Fields, 3 cr
MS&E 350/351 or CBE 440 Introduction to Materials Science, 3 cr
EMA 303 Mechanics of Materials, 3 cr
EMA 307 Mechanics of Materials Lab, 1 cr
Liberal Studies Elective, 3 cr

Junior Year, First Semester, 16–17 credits

EP 468 Introduction to Engineering Research, 1 cr
NE 305 Fundamentals of Nuclear Engineering or Physics 531 Introduction to Quantum Mechanics, 3 cr
EP Focus Area Course, 3 cr
Math 321 Applied Mathematical Analysis, 3 cr
ME 361 or MS&E 330 Thermodynamics, 3 cr or 4 cr
Computing Elective, 3 cr

Second Semester, 16–17 credits

EP 469 Research Proposal in Engineering Physics, 1 cr
Technical Elective, 3 cr
EPD 397 Technical Communication, 3 cr
ECE 376 or Physics 321 Circuits, 3 cr or 4 cr
Math 340/341 Linear Algebra, 3 cr
Liberal Studies Elective, 3 cr

Senior Year, First Semester, 16 credits

EP 568 Research Practicum in Engineering Physics 1, 3 cr
ME 363 Fluid Mechanics, 3 cr 
EP Focus Area Course, 3 cr
EP Focus Area Course, 3 cr
Liberal Studies Elective, 4 cr

Second Semester, 17 credits

EP 569 Research Practicum in Engineering Physics 2, 3 cr
EP Focus Area Course, 2 cr 
ME 364 Elementary Heat Transfer or MS&E 331 Transport Phenomena in Materials, 3 cr
EP Focus Area Course, 3 cr
Technical Elective, 3 cr
Liberal Studies Elective, 3 cr

Total credits required for graduation: 129–131

Facilities

Facilities available for instruction and research include:

Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer Laboratories
Instructional Computing Labs (in Computer Aided Engineering)
Nanomechanics Laboratory
Nuclear Instrumentation Laboratory
Plasma Physics Laboratories
Superconductivity and Cryogenics Laboratories