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

The Department of Engineering Physics offers the B.S. degree in engineering physics. The degree is designed for the ever-changing technologies and opportunities of the 21st century. The degree is designed to provide skills 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 are: 3.5 GPA and junior standing (minimum 54 credits); at least one semester completed in a pre-engineering program; still in need of four semesters of course work (consistent with EM and NE programs)..

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

Total Credits: 128

I. Mathematics Requirement, 22 credits

Math 221 Calculus and Analytic Geometry, 5 cr
Math 222 Calculus and Analytic Geometry, 5 cr
Math 234 Calculus—Functions of Several Variables, 3 cr
Math 319 Techniques in Ordinary Differential Equations, 3 cr
Math 321 Applied Mathematical Analysis, 3 cr
Stat 224 Introductory Statistics for Engineers, 3 cr

II. Science Requirement, 28 credits

Chem 109 General Chemistry, 5 cr
Physics 202 General Physics, 5 cr
Physics 241 or 205 Modern Physics, 3 cr
Physics 322 Electricity and Magnetism, 3 cr
CS 310/NE 271 Engineering Problem Solving, 3 cr
MSE 351/ChE 440 Intro Materials Science, 3 cr
Computing Elective, 3 cr
NE 305 Fundamentals of Nuclear Engineering or Phys 531 Intro to Quan Mech, 3 cr

III. Engineering Science Requirement, 27 credits

EMA 201 Statics, 3 cr
Physics 311 Mechanics, 3 cr
EMA 303 Mechanics of Materials, 3 cr
EMA 307 Mechanics of Materials, 1 cr
InterEgr (EPD) 160 Introduction to Engineering, 3 cr
ME 231 Introduction to Engineering Graphics, 2 cr
ME 361 Engineering Thermodynamics, 3 cr
ECE 376 Electrical and Electronic Circuits, 3 cr
ME 364 Heat Transfer, 3 cr
ME 363 Fluid Mechanics, 3 cr

IV. Focus Area Courses, 22 credits

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

V. Technical Electives, 6 cr

Six credits at a level that requires two semesters of calculus or two semesters of physics .

VI. Communication 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 Writing, 3 cr

VII. Liberal Studies Requirement, 16 credits

The College Liberal Studies Requirement is followed.

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

Chem 109 General Chemistry, 5 cr
Math 221 Calculus and Analytic Geometry, 5 cr
Communications "A" Elective, 2 cr
InterEgr (EPD) 160 Introduction to Engineering, 3 cr

Second Semester, 16 credits

EMA 201 Statics, 3 cr
Math 222 Calculus and Analytic Geometry, 5 cr
Stat 224 Statistics for Engineers, 3 cr
ME 231 Introductory Engineering Graphics, 2 cr
Liberal Studies Electives, 3 cr

Sophomore Year, First Semester, 16 credits

Math 319 Techniques in Ordinary Differential Equations, 3 cr
Physics 202 General Physics, 5 cr
Physics 311 Mechanics*, 3 cr
CS 310/NE 271 Engineering Problem Solving I, 3 cr
EPD 275 Technical Presentations or Com Arts 105 Public Speaking, 2 cr

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

Second Semester, 16 credits

Math 234 Calculus—Functions of Several Variables, 3 cr
Physics 241 or 205 Modern Physics, 3 cr
EMA 303 Mechanics of Materials, 3 cr
EMA 307 Mechanics of Materials Lab, 1 cr
Technical Elective, 3 cr
Liberal Studies Electives, 3 cr

Junior Year, First Semester, 16 credits

NE 305/ Fundamentals of Nuclear Engineering or Phys 531 Intro to Quantum Engineering, 3 cr
Physics 322 Electricity & Magnetism, 3 cr
Math 321 Applied Mathematical Analysis, 3 cr
ME 361 Thermodynamics or MSE 330 Thermodynamics of Materials, 3 cr
Computing Elective, 3 cr
EP 468 Intro to Engineering Research, 1 cr

Second Semester, 16 credits

MSE 351 or ChE 440 Intro to Material Science, 3 cr
ME 363 Fluid Mechanics, 3 cr
ECE 376 Electrical & Electron Circuits, 3 cr
EP Focus Area Course, 3 cr
EP 469 Research Prop in Engineering Physics, 1 cr
Liberal Studies Elective, 3 cr

Senior Year, First Semester, 16 credits

ME 364 Heat Transfer or MSE 331 Transport Phenomena in Materials, 3 cr
EP Focus Area Course, 3 cr
EP Focus Area Course, 3 cr
EP 568 Research Practicum in Engineering Physics, 3 cr
Liberal Studies Elective, 4 cr

Second Semester, 17 credits

EP Focus Area Course, 2 cr
EPD 397 Technical Writing, 3 cr
EP Focus Area Course, 3 cr
Technical Elective, 3 cr
EP 569 Research Practicum in Engineering Physics/Senior Thesis, 3 cr
Liberal Studies Electives, 3 cr

Total credits required for graduation: 128

Facilities

Facilities available for instruction and research include:

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