Engineering Physics, BS
for the degree of Bachelor of Science in Engineering Physics
department website: Department of Physics
department faculty: Physics Faculty
overview of college admissions & requirements: The Grainger College of Engineering
college website: https://grainger.illinois.edu/
In the Physics (Engineering) program, students will study, measure, and manipulate the fundamental interactions of matter, energy, space, and time. This fundamental branch of science forms the foundation of all natural sciences and engineering disciplines. Students in this major will gain a deep conceptual and mathematical understanding of the world through their coursework and handson learning opportunities. This program will give students the tools to quantitatively break down complex problems to solve scientific mysteries and reveal the inner workings of nature. Further, the program will provide students with the keys to a wide range of challenging and fulfilling careers, whether they plan to enter a graduate or professional school or join the privatesector workforce after graduation. There is also the option for students to earn a Secondary Education minor and obtain certification to teach Physics in high schools.
The Physics (Engineering) program provides a solid training in fundamental physics, but also allows space for electives through a diverse range of technical options. This provides students flexibility to take more advanced Physics coursework or pursue other interests. Students may select from a list of preapproved options or design a custom option, subject to departmental approval. The current preapproved options, requiring 1222 credit hours of course work, are:

Acoustical Physics

Astrophysics

Atmospheric Science

Biophysics

Business

Computational Physics

Computer Engineering

Energy/Sustainability

Materials Science

Nuclear Physics

Optical Physics

Law

Professional Physics

Solid State Electronics

PreMed

PreLaw
The course work is selected in consultation with the student's advisor to address an intellectually coherent body of knowledge. The curriculum is designed to prepare students for a wide variety of technical and professional careers, including graduate study in physics or a closely allied field.
for the degree of Bachelor of Science in Engineering Physics
Graduation Requirements
Minimum Technical GPA: 2.0
TGPA is required for Math and Physics courses. See Technical GPA to clarify requirements.
Minimum Overall GPA: 2.0
Minimum hours required for graduation: 128 hours
General education: Students must complete the Campus General Education requirements including the campus general education language requirement.
Orientation and Professional Development
Code  Title  Hours 

ENG 100  Engineering Orientation ^{1}  0 
PHYS 110  Physics Careers ^{1}  0 
Total Hours  0 
Foundational Mathematics and Science
Code  Title  Hours 

MATH 221  Calculus I ^{2}  4 
MATH 231  Calculus II  3 
MATH 241  Calculus III  4 
MATH 285  Intro Differential Equations ^{3}  3 
PHYS 211  University Physics: Mechanics  4 
PHYS 212  University Physics: Elec & Mag  4 
PHYS 213  Univ Physics: Thermal Physics  2 
PHYS 214  Univ Physics: Quantum Physics  2 
CHEM 102  General Chemistry I  3 
CHEM 103  General Chemistry Lab I  1 
CS 101  Intro Computing: Engrg & Sci  3 
Total Hours  33 
Engineering Physics Technical Core
Code  Title  Hours 

PHYS 225  Relativity & Math Applications  2 
PHYS 325  Classical Mechanics I  3 
PHYS 435  Electromagnetic Fields I  3 
PHYS 486  Quantum Physics I ^{4}  4 
or PHYS 485  Atomic Phys & Quantum Theory  
Total Hours  12 
Flexible Physics Core Electives
Code  Title  Hours 

Flexible physics core electives. Choose three courses from a departmentally approved list below, with at least one being a lab course (PHYS 401, PHYS 402, PHYS 403, PHYS 404, or PHYS 406). The number of hours varies depending upon the courses chosen.  915  
PHYS 326  Classical Mechanics II  3 
PHYS 401  Classical Physics Lab  3 
PHYS 402  Light  3 or 4 
PHYS 403  Modern Experimental Physics  4 or 5 
PHYS 404  Electronic Circuits  4 or 5 
PHYS 406  Acoustical Physics of Music  4 
PHYS 427  Thermal & Statistical Physics  4 
PHYS 436  Electromagnetic Fields II  3 
PHYS 460  Condensed Matter Physics  4 
PHYS 470  Subatomic Physics  4 
PHYS 475  Introduction to Biophysics  3 or 4 
PHYS 487  Quantum Physics II  4 
Mathematics Elective
Code  Title  Hours 

Mathematics elective, chosen from a departmentally approved list below:  3  
CS 357  Numerical Methods I  3 
CS 450  Numerical Analysis  3 or 4 
MATH 415  Applied Linear Algebra  3 or 4 
MATH 417  Intro to Abstract Algebra  3 or 4 
MATH 453  Number Theory  3 or 4 
MATH 412  Graph Theory  3 or 4 
MATH 413  Intro to Combinatorics  3 or 4 
MATH 414  Mathematical Logic  3 or 4 
MATH 482  Linear Programming  3 or 4 
MATH 347  Fundamental Mathematics  3 
MATH 348  Fundamental MathematicsACP  4 
MATH 424  Honors Real Analysis  3 
MATH 441  Differential Equations  3 or 4 
MATH 442  Intro Partial Diff Equations  3 or 4 
MATH 444  Elementary Real Analysis  3 or 4 
MATH 446  Applied Complex Variables  3 or 4 
MATH 447  Real Variables  3 or 4 
MATH 484  Nonlinear Programming  3 or 4 
MATH 489  Dynamics & Differential Eqns  3 or 4 
MATH 402  Non Euclidean Geometry  3 or 4 
MATH 403  Euclidean Geometry  3 or 4 
MATH 423  Differential Geometry  3 or 4 
MATH 432  Set Theory and Topology  3 or 4 
MATH 481  Vector and Tensor Analysis  3 or 4 
MATH 461  Probability Theory  3 or 4 
MATH 463  Statistics and Probability I  4 
MATH 450  Numerical Analysis  3 or 4 
Technical/Professional Option Electives
Code  Title  Hours 

Technical/professional option electives for the option selected, chosen from a departmentally approved list of Technical/Professional Option Electives (or a list designed for a departmentally approved custom option) below. The number of hours varies depending upon the option chosen.  1222  
Acoustical Physics  
ECE 210  Analog Signal Processing  4 
ECE 473  Fund of Engrg Acoustics  3 or 4 
Choose 2 classes from the following:  
ECE 310  Digital Signal Processing  3 
ECE 417  Multimedia Signal Processing  4 
ECE 473  Fund of Engrg Acoustics  3 
ECE 402  Electronic Music Synthesis  3 
PHYS 402  Light  3 or 4 
Astrophysics  
ASTR 210  Introduction to Astrophysics  3 
ASTR 350  The Big Bang, Black Holes, and the End of the Universe (OR ASTR 406: Galaxies and the Universe)  3 
ASTR 404  Stellar Astrophysics  3 
ASTR 405  Planetary Systems  3 
ASTR 414  Astronomical Techniques  4 
Atmospheric Science  
ATMS 201  General Physical Meteorology  3 
Choose 4 classes from the following:  
ATMS 301  Atmospheric Thermodynamics  3 
ATMS 302  Atmospheric Dynamics I  3 
ATMS 304  Radiative TransferRemote Sens  3 
ATMS 305  Computing and Data Analysis  3 
ATMS 306  Cloud Physics  3 
ATMS 314  Mesoscale Dynamics  3 
ATMS 405  Boundary Layer Processes  4 
BioPhysics  
CHEM 104  General Chemistry II (OR CHEM 204)  3 
CHEM 105  General Chemistry Lab II (OR CHEM 205)  1 
CHEM 232  Elementary Organic Chemistry I (OR CHEM 236)  3 or 4 
CHEM 233  Elementary Organic Chem Lab I  2 
Choose 2 classes from the following:  
BIOP 401  Introduction to Biophysics  3 
MCB 450  Introductory Biochemistry (OR MCB 354: Biochemistry and Physical Basis of Life)  3 
PHYS 498  Special Topics in Physics (Quantiative Biology)  4 
Business  
ENG 471  Seminar Energy & Sustain Engrg  1 
IE 420  Financial Engineering  3 or 4 
SE 400  Engineering Law  3 or 4 
TE 100  Introduction to Innovation, Leadership and Engineering Entrepreneurship  1 
TE 360  Lectures in Engineering Entrepreneurship  1 
TE 333  Creativity, Innovation, Vision  4 
TE 461  Technology Entrepreneurship  3 
TE 450  Startups: Incorporation, Funding, Contracts, & Intellectual Property  3 
TE 466  HighTech Venture Marketing  2 
Computational Physics  
CS 173  Discrete Structures (OR MATH 213: Basic Discrete Structures)  3 
CS 225  Data Structures  4 
Choose 3 classes from the following:  
CS 357  Numerical Methods I  3 
CS 420  Parallel Progrmg: Sci & Engrg  3 or 4 
CS 418  Interactive Computer Graphics  3 or 4 
CS 450  Numerical Analysis  3 or 4 
PHYS 298  Freshmen/Sophomore Special Topics in Physics (Computational Physics)  2 
PHYS 498  Special Topics in Physics (Computation in Physics)  3 
Electrical and Computer Engineering  
ECE 110  Introduction to Electronics (OR ECE 205: Electrical and Electronic Circuits)  3 
ECE 120  Introduction to Computing  4 
ECE 210  Analog Signal Processing  4 
Take 1 class from the following:  
ECE 310  Digital Signal Processing  3 
ECE 330  Power Ckts & Electromechanics  3 
ECE 385  Digital Systems Laboratory  3 
PHYS 404  Electronic Circuits (or ECE 342: Electronic Circuits)  4 or 5 
Energy/Sustainability  
ATMS 201  General Physical Meteorology  3 
ATMS 302  Atmospheric Dynamics I  3 
ECE 205  Electrical and Electronic Circuits  3 
ENG 471  Seminar Energy & Sustain Engrg  1 
NRES 210  Environmental Economics  3 
Choose 1 class from the following:  
ECE 333  Green Electric Energy  3 
NPRE 402  Nuclear Power Engineering  3 or 4 
NPRE 412  Nuclear Power Econ & Fuel Mgmt  3 or 4 
NPRE 470  Fuel Cells & Hydrogen Sources  3 
NPRE 475  Wind Power Systems  3 or 4 
Materials Science  
MSE 206  Mechanics for MatSE  4 
MSE 280  Engineering Materials  3 
MSE 401  Thermodynamics of Materials (OR PHYS 427: Thermal & Statistical Physics)  3 
Choose 1 class from the following:  
MSE 304  Electronic Properties of Matls  3 
MSE 402  Kinetic Processes in Materials  3 
MSE 403  Synthesis of Materials  3 
MSE 405  Microstructure Determination  3 
MSE 406  ThermalMech Behavior of Matls  3 
Nuclear Physics  
NPRE 402  Nuclear Power Engineering  3 or 4 
PHYS 470  Subatomic Physics  4 
Choose 2 classes from the following:  
NPRE 435  Radiological Imaging  3 
NPRE 441  Radiation Protection  4 
NPRE 446  Radiation Interact w/Matter I  3 
Optical Physics  
ECE 455  Optical Electronics  3 or 4 
ECE 460  Optical Imaging  4 
ECE 465  Optical Communications Systems  3 
Choose 1 class from the following:  
PHYS 402  Light  3 or 4 
PHYS 404  Electronic Circuits  4 or 5 
PHYS 436  Electromagnetic Fields II  3 
Law  
CMN 211  Business and Professional Communication  3 
JOUR 200  Introduction to Journalism  3 
LAW 301  Introduction to Law  2 or 3 
Choose 2 classes from the following:  
ESE 320  Water Planet, Water Crisis  3 
NPRE 480  Energy and Security  3 
PS 225  Environmental Politics & Policy  3 
PS 273  Environment and Society  3 
SE 400  Engineering Law  3 or 4 
Professional Option  
MATH 415  Applied Linear Algebra  3 or 4 
PHYS 326  Classical Mechanics II  3 
PHYS 436  Electromagnetic Fields II  3 
PHYS 427  Thermal & Statistical Physics  4 
PHYS 487  Quantum Physics II  4 
Choose 1 lab from the following (cannot count toward Flexible Physics Core):  
PHYS 401  Classical Physics Lab  3 
PHYS 402  Light  3 or 4 
PHYS 403  Modern Experimental Physics  4 or 5 
PHYS 404  Electronic Circuits  4 or 5 
Solid State Electronics  
ECE 110  Introduction to Electronics  3 
ECE 444  IC Device Theory & Fabrication  4 
PHYS 404  Electronic Circuits  4 or 5 
PHYS 460  Condensed Matter Physics  4 
Electives
Code  Title  Hours 

Free Electives  
The Grainger College of Engineering Liberal Education course list, or additional courses from the campus General Education lists for Social and Behavrioal Sciences or Humanities and the Arts ^{5}  6  
Free electives. Additional unrestricted course work, subject to certain exceptions as noted by the College, so that there are at least 128 credit hours earned toward the degree. The number of hours varies depending upon the total hours earned in both the Flexible Physics Core and the Technical/Professional Option and whether or not MATH 415 and PHYS 486 are taken in place of PHYS 485. ^{6}  1337  
Total Hours of Curriculum to Graduate  128 
^{1}  External transfer students take ENG 300 instead. 
^{2}  MATH 220 may be substituted, with four of the five credit hours applying toward the degree. MATH 220 is appropriate for students with no background in calculus. 
^{3}  
^{4}  If PHYS 486 is chosen, take prerequisite MATH 415, which may be used to meet free elective requirements.If PHYS 485 is taken, an additional free elective hour or a surplus flexible physics core course hour offsets the onehour credit differential. 
^{5}  The Grainger College of Engineering approved liberal education course list can be found here. Note that these credit hours could carry the required cultural studies designation required for campus general education requirements. 
^{6}  The Grainger College of Engineering restrictions to free electives can be found here. 
for the degree of Bachelor of Science in Engineering Physics
Suggested Sequence
The curriculum sequence below is a suggested sequence, as all Grainger Engineering students work with a department academic advisor to achieve their educational goals, specific to their needs and preparation. Dynamic and Static curricular maps, which include prerequisite sequencing, can be found here (with Tech Electives) and here (Professional Track).
First Year  

First Semester  Hours  
PHYS 110  Physics Careers  0 
ENG 100  Engineering Orientation  0 
MATH 221^{1,2}  Calculus I  4 
CHEM 102  General Chemistry I  3 
CHEM 103  General Chemistry Lab I  1 
RHET 105 (or General education elective)^{3,4}  Writing and Research  43 
General education elective^{4}  3  
Semester Hours  1514  
Second Semester  
CS 101  Intro Computing: Engrg Sci  3 
MATH 231  Calculus II  3 
PHYS 211^{2}  University Physics: Mechanics  4 
General Education elective (or RHET 105)^{3,4}  34  
General Education elective^{4}  3  
Semester Hours  1617  
Second Year  
First Semester  
MATH 241  Calculus III  4 
PHYS 212  University Physics: Elec Mag  4 
PHYS 225  Relativity Math Applications  2 
General education electives^{4}  6  
Semester Hours  16  
Second Semester  
MATH 285^{5}  Intro Differential Equations  3 
PHYS 213  Univ Physics: Thermal Physics  2 
PHYS 214  Univ Physics: Quantum Physics  2 
PHYS 325  Classical Mechanics I  3 
Technical/professional option elective^{6}  3  
General education elective^{4}  3  
Semester Hours  16  
Third Year  
First Semester  
MATH 415  Applied Linear Algebra  3 
PHYS 435  Electromagnetic Fields I  3 
Flexible physics core elective^{7,8}  3  
Mathematics elective^{9}  3  
Technical/professional option elective^{6}  3  
Free elective  3  
Semester Hours  18  
Second Semester  
Flexible physics core electives^{7,8}  6  
Technical/professional option electives^{6}  10  
Semester Hours  16  
Fourth Year  
First Semester  
PHYS 485 or 486^{10}  Atomic Phys Quantum Theory  34 
Technical/professional option electives or Free electives^{6,11}  6  
Flexible physics core electives or Free electives^{7,8}  6  
Semester Hours  1516  
Second Semester  
Free electives  1110  
Technical/professional option electives or Free electives^{6,11}  5  
Semester Hours  1615  
Total Hours:  128 
^{1}  MATH 220 may be substituted, with four of the five credit hours applying toward the degree. MATH 220 is appropriate for students with no background in calculus. 
^{2}  Students with proficiency or advanced placement (AP or IB) credit in MATH 221 are strongly encouraged to enroll in MATH 231 and PHYS 211 for the first semester. 
^{3}  RHET 105 (or an alternative Composition I sequence) is taken either in the first or second semester of the first year, according to the student's UIN (Spring if your UIN is Odd). General Education Elective is taken the other semester. Composition I guidelines can be found at http://catalog.illinois.edu/generalinformation/degreegeneraleducationrequirements/ under Written Communication Requirement. 
^{4}  Students must take 6 hours from the campus General Education Social and Behavioral Sciences list, 6 hours from campus General Education Humanities and the Arts list, and 6 hours from a liberal education list approved by the college or from the campus General Education lists for Social and Behavioral Sciences or Humanities and the Arts. Students must also complete the campus cultural studies requirement by completing (i) one western/comparative culture(s) course, (ii) one nonwestern culture(s) course, and (iii) one U.S. Minority Culture(s) course from the General Education cultural studies lists. Most students select general education courses that simultaneously satisfy these cultural studies requirements. 
^{5}  
^{6}  To be chosen from a departmentally approved list of Technical/Professional Option Electives, in consultation with the student’s advisor, for the option elected (or a list fashioned for a departmentally approved custom option). The number of credit hours varies 1222 depending upon the option chosen. 
^{7}  The flexible physics core requirement consists of three courses chosen from a departmentally approved list of Flexible Physics Core Electives with at least one of them being a lab course, PHYS 401, PHYS 403, PHYS 404, or PHYS 406. The number of credit hours varies 915 depending upon the courses chosen. 
^{8}  For courses chosen with more than 3 hours credit, the surplus hours may be used to meet free elective requirements. 
^{9}  To be chosen from a departmentally approved list of Mathematics Electives. Any course satisfying the Mathematics Elective cannot be used to satisfy any other requirement. 
^{10}  If PHYS 485 is taken, an additional free elective hour or a surplus flexible physics core course hour offsets the onehour credit differential. 
^{11}  Taken if needed to complete a technical/professional option requiring more than 12 hours of credit. 