Typical Course of Study

For physics majors starting EPAD track in the freshman year

The Engineering Physics and Applied Design (EPAD) Physics concentration combines physics courses with applied science courses to create a degree that focuses on solving real-life problems.  The goal of EPAD is to produce physicists who also have an “engineering mindset” and are prepared to work among teams of engineers. This track is most suitable for students who do not plan on pursuing the Ph.D. in physics.

The first two years of regular track and EPAD track are similar, and we recommend taking General Physics (PHYS101 and 102) and Calculus (MATH111 and 112) during the first year. If you do this, your plan for taking the major requirements leading to an EPAD concentration in physics could look something like this:

Fall
Spring

YEAR 1
PHYS 101 - General Physics (required)
MATH 111 - Calculus I (recommended)

YEAR 1
PHYS 102 - General Physics
MATH 112 - Calculus II

YEAR 2
PHYS 201 - Modern Physics
APSC 251 – Intro to Engineering and design
MATH 213 - Multivariable Calculus
PHYS 256 - Practical Computing

YEAR 2
PHYS 208 - Classical Mechanics I
PHYS 252 - Electronics I
MATH 211 - Linear Algebra
APSC 201 - Introduction to Materials Science

YEAR 3
PHYS 313 - Quantum Physics I
PHYS 351 - Scientific Instrumentation Lab
APSC 301 - Mechanics of Materials
MATH 302 - Ordinary Differential Equations

YEAR 3
PHYS 401 - Electricity and Magnetism I
APSC 304 – Energy and Thermodynamics
EPAD Elective 

YEAR 4
PHYS/APSC 471 – Capstone Project
PHYS 357 – Career in Physics

YEAR 4
 PHYS/APSC 472 – Capstone Project

One required EPAD Elective can be chosen from the following:
APSC 302 - Fluid Mechanics
APSC 422 - Introduction to Materials Characterization
APSC 328 – Scanning Probe Nanoengineering

Degree requirements include all courses in bold. Courses listed in regular font are strongly recommended for all physics majors. For the complete list of requirements, consult the course catalog.

Similar to the standard physics track, it is possible to fulfill the major requirements even when starting at the second year. In this case, the following plan will fulfill all requirements for the EPAD Physics concentration:

Fall
Spring

YEAR 1
PHYS 101 - General Physics (required)
MATH 111 - Calculus I (recommended)

YEAR 1
PHYS 102 - General Physics
MATH 112 - Calculus II

YEAR 2
PHYS 201 - Modern Physics
APSC 251 – Intro to Engineering and Design
APSC 301 - Mechanics of Materials
MATH 213 - Multivariable Calculus

YEAR 2
PHYS 208 - Classical Mechanics I
PHYS 252 - Electronics I
MATH 211 - Linear Algebra

APSC 201 - Introduction to Materials Science

YEAR 3
PHYS/APSC 471 – Capstone Project
PHYS 313 - Quantum Physics I
PHYS 351 - Scientific Instrumentation Lab
MATH 302 - Ordinary Differential Equations

YEAR 3
PHYS/APSC 472 – Capstone Project
PHYS 401 - Electricity and Magnetism I
APSC 304 – Energy and Thermodynamics
EPAD Elective

One required EPAD Elective can be chosen from the following:
APSC 302 - Fluid Mechanics
APSC 422 - Introduction to Materials Characterization
APSC 328 – Scanning Probe Nanoengineering

Degree requirements include all courses in bold. Courses listed in regular font are strongly recommended for all physics majors. For the complete list of requirements, consult the course catalog.