Engineering Physics

The engineering physics program combines courses in physics and mathematics with several diverse courses in engineering. Serving the foundation of the program is a set of courses that provides a fundamental understanding of traditional topics in physics including the motion of solid bodies, sound, fluids, electricity, magnetism, and the interaction between light and matter. These “foundational” courses describe how theories about natural phenomena are deduced from experiments and observations, develop the mathematical formalism through which these theories are expressed, and present techniques for using this formalism to describe and analyze physical systems.  Overarching these “foundational” courses are a set of “engineering” courses  that focus on the application of scientific principles toward the design and construction of structures, materials, devices and systems that serve an intended function.  A senior capstone experience provided through a two-semester sequence teaches the product development process typically utilized in the engineering community and enables students to experience the process from idea conception through production.  The program is intended for students who want a solid foundation in physics and a rigorous set of engineering courses that will allow them to pursue an engineering related career or an advanced degree in engineering.

The engineering physics major requires 23 semester hours of specific physics courses, 27 semester hours of specific engineering courses, 10 semester hours of mathematics/computer science courses, 4-5 semester hours of specific chemistry or biology courses, and 3 hours of an elective course in physics, mathematics, or computer science. To strengthen and broaden the background of all Xavier students, a liberal arts core curriculum consisting of courses in history, literature, foreign language, philosophy, social sciences, fine arts, and theology is also a part of the program. Upon successful completion of the undergraduate program, students receive a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in engineering physics.

The following block schedule serves as a guideline for progress toward a degree in Engineering Physics.

Freshman Year

First Semester Credit Hours Second Semester Credit Hours
PHYSICS 170
University Physics I
3 PHYSICS 172
University Physics II
3
PHYSICS 171
Explorations in Physics
1 PHYSICS 173
Explorations in Physics II
1
MATH 170
Calculus I
4 MATH 171
Calculus II
4
SECOND LANGUAGE 102 3 SECOND LANGUAGE 201 3
FIRST YEAR SEMINAR 3 COMPOSITION 100 or RHETORIC 115 3
Total 14 Total 14

Sophomore Year

First Semester Credit Hours Second Semester Credit Hours
PHYSICS 242
Electronics I
3 ENGINEERING 246
Signals, Systems & Measurements
3
PHYSICS 243
Electronics I Lab
1 ENGINEERING 247
Signals, Systems & Measurements Lab
1
PHYSICS 330
Modern Physics I
3 ENGINEERING 352
Statics and Dynamics
3
PHYSICS 331
Modern Physics I Lab
1 MATH 230
Differential Equations
3
MATH 220
Calculus III
4 PHILOSOPHY 100 3
THEOLOGY 111 3 LIT. & MORAL IMAGINATION 3
Total 15 Total 16

Junior Year

First Semester Credit Hours Second Semester Credit Hours
PHYSICS 360
Electromagnetism I
3 PHYSICS 364
Physical Optics
3
ENGINEERING 300
Principles of Design
3 PHYSICS 365
Physical Optics Lab
1
ENGINEERING 301
Principles of Design Lab
1 ENGINEERING 370
Fluid Mechanics
3
ENGINEERING 384
Heat Transfer
3 COMPUTER SCIENCE 170
Computer Science I
3
CHEMISTRY 160/161
General Chemistry I Lecture & Lab
4 PHILOSOPHICAL PERSPECTIVES 3
WRITING FLAG* (IF NEEDED) (3) THEOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVES 3
Total 14 Total 16

Senior Year

First Semester Credit Hours Second Semester Credit Hours
ENGINEERING 380
Control Systems
3 ENGINEERING 386
Material Science
3
ENGINEERING 395
Senior Project I
2 ENGINEERING 398
Senior Project II
2
SOCIAL SCIENCE ELECTIVE 3 PHYS / ENGR / MATH / CSCI
Elective
3
HUMANITIES ELECTIVE 3 CREATIVE PERSPECTIVE 3
HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE 3 ER/S FLAG* or FREE ELECTIVE 3
DCR FLAG* or FREE ELECTIVE 3    
Total 17 Total 14

*DCR, ER/S and Writing flags can be satisfied through required core courses.