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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, participating in professional development and/or industrial training courses, or pursuing professional licensure.

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

For more details, see General Education

Minimum 28 units and 9 courses that include:

A. CORE Seminars (2 courses)

CORE 001Problem Solving & Oral Comm3
CORE 002Writing and Critical Thinking4

Note: 1) CORE Seminars cannot be taken for Pass/No Credit. 2) Transfer students with 28 or more transfer credits taken after high school are exempt from both CORE seminars. Students participating in the First Year Honors Program should complete an honors section of CORE 001 regardless of the number of college transfer units completed. 

B. Breadth Requirement (7 courses, at least 3 units each)

At least one course from each of the following areas:
Artistic Process & Creation
Civic & Global Responsibility
Language & Narratives
Quantitative Reasoning
Scientific Inquiry
Social Inquiry
World Perspectives & Ethics

Note: 1) No more than 2 courses from a single discipline can be used to meet the Breadth Requirement.

C. Diversity and Inclusion Requirement

All students must complete Diversity and Inclusion coursework (at least 3 units)

Note: 1) Diversity and Inclusion courses can also be used to meet the breadth category requirements, or major or minor requirements.

D. Fundamental Skills

Students must demonstrate competence in:
Writing
Quantitative Analysis (Math)

Note: 1) Failure to satisfy the fundamental skills requirements by the end of four semesters of full-time study at the University is grounds for academic disqualification.

II. Major Requirements

Mathematics and Science (minimum of 30 units)
ECPE 127Random Signals3
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 030Engineering and Computing Ethics in Society3
ENGR 045
045L
Materials Engineering
and Materials Engineering Lab
4
Engineering Physics Core
ECPE 121Digital Signal Processing4
ECPE 131Electronics3
ECPE 131LElectronics Lab1
ENGR 025Professional Practice Seminar1
ENGR 120Engineering Mechanics II (Dynamics)3
EPHY 195Senior Project I2
or ECPE 195 Senior Project I
EPHY 196Senior Project II2
or ECPE 196 Senior Project II
PHYS 057Modern Physics4
Select one of the following:4
Applied Electromagnetics
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 one of the following:
Electrodynamics
Optics
Computational Physics
Mathematical Physics
Cosmology
Advanced Physics Laboratory
Solid State Devices
Classical Mechanics
Quantum Mechanics
Independent Study
Undergraduate Research
Engineering Electives
Select two 100 or 200 level BENG, CIVL, COMP, ECPE, ENGR, EMGT, EPHY or MECH courses **
Math Elective
Select one of the following:
Introduction to Linear Algebra
Numerical Analysis
Applied Linear Algebra
Cryptography
Vector Analysis
Applied Differential Equations II
Graph Theory
Cooperative Education - Minimum 32 units that include:
ENGR 181Professional Practice1-16
ENGR 182Professional Practice1-16
ENGR 183Professional Practice1-16

Students graduating with a BS in Engineering Physics will have:

  • an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.

  • an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors.

  • an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.

  • an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.

  • an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives.

  • an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.

  • an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

Engineering Physics Faculty

Elizabeth Basha, Chair and 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.

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.

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,

Kenneth F. Hughes, 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.

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.