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Engineering Physics

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Degrees Offered

Bachelor of Science in Engineering Physics

Engineering Physics

The Bachelor of Science in Engineering Physics is offered in cooperation with the Department of Physics in the College of the Pacific. The degree is granted by the School of Engineering and Computer Science. Engineering Physics is well suited for the student with a strong interest in physics but with the desire to apply that knowledge to real world problems.

The Engineering Physics curriculum is designed to educate students to work in areas where technology is changing rapidly and where the boundaries of several traditional engineering disciplines overlap. These areas include sensors, robotics, energy, and semiconductor materials particularly in nano-scale electron devices. The curriculum develops sufficient depth in both engineering and science to produce  graduates who are able to relate basic knowledge to practical problems in engineering. The physics engineer is a person with the training of an applied physicist that can function as an engineer with a deeper understanding of physics.

Engineering Physics Program Educational Objectives

Through their careers in engineering or related profession, Pacific graduates are expected to demonstrate the following within a few years of earning their Bachelor's degree in Engineering Physics:

  • Competency in an engineering or science profession via promotion to positions of increasing responsibility, publications, and/or conference presentations
  • Adaptability to new developments in science and technology by successfully completing or pursuing graduate education in engineering or related fields, or participating in professional development and/or industrial training courses

Bachelor of Science in Engineering Physics

Students must complete a minimum of 120 units of academic work and a minimum of 32 units of Cooperative Education in order to earn the bachelor of science in engineering physics.

I. General Education Requirements

PACS 001What is a Good Society4
PACS 002Topical Seminar on a Good Society4
PACS 003What is an Ethical Life?3

Note: 1) Pacific Seminars cannot be taken for Pass/No Credit. 2) Transfer students with 28 or more transfer units complete 2 additional General Education elective courses from below in place of taking PACS 001 and PACS 002.

One course from each subdivision below:

Social and Behavioral Sciences
Two courses from the following:
Arts and Humanities
One course from the following categories:


Note: 1) Only one course can come from each subcategory (A, B, or C) within each category. 2) No more than 2 courses from a single department may be applied to meet the breadth program requirements, with the exception of certain 1-unit GE IIC courses.

II. Diversity Requirement

Students must complete one diversity course (3-4 units)
ENGR 030Engineering Ethics and Society3

Note: 1) Transfer students with 28 units or more transfer units prior to fall 2011 are encouraged but not required to complete a designated diversity course prior to graduation. 2) Courses are also used to meet general education and/or major/minor requirements.

III. Fundamental Skills

Students must demonstrate competence in:

Quantitative analysis

Note: 1) Fundamental skills must be satisfied before enrolling in upper division courses. 

IV. Major Requirements

Mathematics and Science (minimum of 30 units)
MATH 039Probability with Applications to Statistics4
MATH 051Calculus I4
MATH 053Calculus II4
MATH 055Calculus III4
MATH 057Applied Differential Equations I: ODEs4
Select one of the following Chemistry courses:4-5
Fundamentals of Chem
General Chemistry
General Chemistry
PHYS 053Principles of Physics I5
PHYS 055Principles of Physics II5
Engineering Science
Select one of the following:3-4
Introduction to Computer Science
Computer Applications in Engineering
ECPE 041Circuits3
ECPE 041LCircuits Laboratory1
ECPE 071Digital Design3
ECPE 071LDigital Design Lab1
ENGR 010Dean's Seminar1
ENGR 020Engineering Mechanics I (Statics)3
ENGR 045Materials Science- Properties and Measurements4
Engineering Physics Core
CIVL 130Fluid Mechanics I3
CIVL 130LFluid Mechanics I Lab1
ECPE 121Digital Signal Processing4
ECPE 131Electronics3
ECPE 131LElectronics Lab1
ECPE 194Core Assessment Exam (CAE)0
ECPE 195Senior Project I2
ECPE 196Senior Project II2
ENGR 025Professional Practice Seminar1
ENGR 120Engineering Mechanics II (Dynamics)3
PHYS 057Modern Physics4
Select one of the following:4
Applied Electromagnetics
Electricity and Magnetism
Select one of the following:3-4
Thermodynamics I
Thermal Physics
Technical Electives
Electives: Five Courses From Technical Electives Options15-21
Physics Electives
Select two of the following:
Computational Physics
Mathematical Physics
Advanced Physics Laboratory
Solid State Devices
Classical Mechanics
Quantum Mechanics
Independent Study
Undergraduate Research
Engineering Electives
Select two of the following from the same discipline:
Digital Image Processing
Solid State Devices
Power Electronics
VLSI Design
Autonomous Robotics
Automatic Control Systems
Communication Systems
Energy Conversion
Power System Analysis
Computer Systems and Networks
Computer Organization and Arch
Advanced Digital Design
Computer Networking
Computer Network Security
Independent Study
Undergraduate Research
Digital Signal Processing with Applications
Quantum and Nano Devices
Recent Topics in Renewable Energy
Instrumentation and Experimental Methods
Mechanics of Materials
Project Decision Making
Engineering Economy
Engineering Project Management
Manufacturing Processes
Introduction to Mechatronics
Heat Transfer
Applied Heat Transfer
Solar Energy Engineering
Thermodynamics II
Air Conditioning
Fluid Dynamics
Systems Analysis and Control
Finite Element Methods
Math Elective
Select one of the following:
Introduction to Linear Algebra
Numerical Analysis
Applied Linear Algebra
Vector Analysis
Applied Differential Equations II
Graph Theory
Cooperative Education - Minimum 32 units that include:
ENGR 181Professional Practice1-18
ENGR 182Professional Practice1-18
ENGR 183Professional Practice1-18

Students graduating with a BS in Engineering Physics will have:

  • an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering. 
  • an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data. 
  • an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability. 
  • an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams. 
  • an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems. 
  • an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility. 
  • an ability to communicate effectively. 
  • the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context. 
  • a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning. 
  • a knowledge of contemporary issues. 
  • an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

Engineering Physics Faculty

Jennifer Ross, Associate Dean and Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, 1993, BS in Electrical Engineering University of Illinois, 1988; MS in Electrical Engineering, University of California Berkeley, 1990. PhD in Electrical Engineering University of California Berkeley, 1993; Solid state, short wavelength lasers, analog circuits and devices.

Kenneth F. Hughes, Chair and Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, 1993, BS, Information and Computer Science, Georgia Institute of Technology, 1985; MS, Computer Science, University of South Florida, 1989; PhD, Computer Science and Engineering, University of South Florida, 1994. Robotics, sensors and sensor fusion, computer vision, artificial intelligence, embedded systems, microprocessors and microcontrollers, digital systems.

Rahim Khoie, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Program Director of Engineering Physics, 2002, BSEE, 1977, Abadan Institute of Technology, Abadan, Iran; MS, 1980, University of Pittsburgh; PhD, 1986, University of Pittsburgh. High speed electron devices, Quantum effect devices, Solid state physics, Renewable energy, Analog and digital electronics, and Embedded Systems.

Elizabeth Basha, Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, 2010, BS in Computer Engineering, University of the Pacific, 2003; SM in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2005; PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2010. Sensor networks, autonomous robotics, international development.

Cherian Mathews, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, 2005, BE in Electrical Engineering, Anna University, Chennai, India, 1987; MS in Electrical Engineering, Purdue University, 1989; PhD in Electrical Engineering, Purdue University, 1993; Statistical signal processing, Array signal processing, Real-time digital signal processing using DSP processors, power systems.

David Mueller, Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, 2015, BS Electrical and Computer Engineering, 2006; MS Electrical Engineering, 2008; PhD Electrical and Computer Engineering, 2015, University of Missouri - Columbia. Semiconductor devices, Optical electronics, Computational intelligence, Robotics, Device simulation, Photovoltaics, Renewable energy, Device fabrication and characterization.

Vivek Pallipuram, Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, 2015, BS National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirapalli, India 2008; MS Computer Engineering, Clemson University, 2010; PhD Computer Engineering, Clemson University, 2013. Computer architecture, High performance computing, Cloud computing, Machine learning, Statistics, & Digital signal processing.

Jeffrey Shafer, Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, 2010, BS, Computer Engineering, University of Dayton, 2002; MS, Electrical Engineering, University of Dayton, 2004; PhD, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Rice University, 2010; Computer architecture, Network systems architecture, Data-intensive computing, Cloud computing, Virtualization.

Huihui Xu, Assistant Professor of Bioengineering, 2014, B.E., Biomedical Engineering, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China, 2006; M.S., Applied Mathematics, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China, 2002; Ph.D., Bioengineering, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL., 2006; Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Imaging, Bio-instrumentation.