Engineering Physics Program

Engineering Physics

The Bachelor of Science in Engineering Physics is offered in four design concentrations – Aerospace Systems, Chemical Systems, Digital Electronic Systems, and Electromechanical Control Systems. The required credits vary slightly depending on the concentration chosen, but are each approximately 128 – 130 hours.  All Engineering Physics degree concentrations meet or exceed the minimum requirements for math, science, engineering and engineering-related courses specified by ABET.  Graduating with a BS in Engineering Physics is contingent upon completing or having credit for all required courses or approved course substitutions, rather than completion of a specific number of credit hours. 

Students majoring in Engineering Physics are subject to the requirements of the KU Core Curriculum.  By completing the required courses listed for the different Engineering Physics concentrations, the requirements of the KU Core Curriculum for Goal 1 Outcome 1 and 2, Goal 3 (natural science), Goal 5, and Goal 6 are fulfilled.  The curricula are designed so that the remaining requirements of the KU Core can be met by an additional 15 credit hours of course work. Credit from advanced placement or course transfers may be used to satisfy KU Core requirements. Proposed places in the curriculum for taking courses satisfying the remaining KU Core requirements are included in the Suggested Schedules.  In some cases the requirements of the KU Core Curriculum can be met by a non-course educational experience.

The curriculum is challenging and it is important to be aware that many of the required courses, particularly at the junior/senior level, are offered only once a year.  Students are urged to plan ahead in consultation with their advisor.  Advising is required of Engineering Physics majors and enrollment is restricted until advising is complete.  Although the Department makes every effort to keep this information current, it is important to be aware that the schedule of course offerings is subject to change, particularly within the School of Engineering, with the potential that suggested courses may not be available as listed here or may be in time conflict with other suggested courses.  It is also possible that enrollment in some courses may be limited.  Again, the advisor can be helpful at exploring options in these cases.  Furthermore, the following suggested schedules are built on the assumption that Engineering Physics students come to KU with the preparation in high school math, chemistry and physics to allow enrollment in MATH 121 and CHEM 130 or 150.  If MATH 121, CHEM 130/150, or PHSX 211/213 is postponed the schedule can be significantly affected resulting in an increased probability of needing more than four years to complete the degree.  All students in Engineering Physics are encouraged to consider taking at least one summer of course work.

In general, substitutions for the required courses are not available, although in a few cases substitutions have been approved, such as ME 312 Thermodynamics instead of C&PE 221 Thermodynamics.  To assist in planning, the following suggested schedules include many pre-approved alternatives where they exist.  Also, courses that are only offered in the semester listed are annotated in boldface type.

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