Engineering Physics Major

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Engineering is an application of scientific principles to solve real-world problems. Engineering physicists are engaged more deeply on the scientific end than most.

With UIC’s engineering physics major, you will develop a command of physics that will make you especially competitive in roles that require an understanding of science and theory, such as research and development positions.

Engineering physics majors take nine physics courses. After completing General Physics I (which focuses on mechanics) and General Physics II (which is about electricity and magnetism), EP majors delve the scientific method, quantum theory, waves, thermal physics, quantum and theoretical mechanics, experimental physics, and other topics.

If scientific inquiry—the research that will fuel the next generation of engineering advances—is your area of interest, an engineering physics major is a rewarding choice.

The UIC course catalog lays out all of the degree requirements for the EP major. The overview below gives a survey of what you can expect.

Engineering Physics Major Requirements

Engineering physics majors complete coursework in four categories:

  • Nonengineering and general education courses: Nonengineering and general education courses provide a foundation in math and science and will make you a well-informed graduate in disciplines outside of bioengineering. You will take 72 credit hours in this area, including the nine courses in physics that will develop your expertise in this scientific discipline. For details on these requirements, consult the course catalog.
  • Required engineering courses: EP majors earn 44 credit hours from a slate of required engineering courses. The list includes Properties of Materials, Introduction to Electromagnetics and Applications, and Fluid Mechanics I. For details on these requirements, please consult the course catalog.
  • Mathematics-related elective: Students choose one high-level math course (3 credit hours) that builds their knowledge in an area relevant to their program. Options include Applied Linear Algebra, Complex Analysis with Applications, Applied Differential Equations, Applied Partial Differential Equations, Numerical Analysis, and Probability and Random Processes for Engineers.
  • Technical electives: Engineering physics majors complete 9 credit hours from a list that draws from both Department of Physics offerings and Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering offerings. You can find this list in the course catalog.

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