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 Semester Hours Second Semester Semester 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
THEOLOGY 111
Theological Foundations
3 COMPUTER SCIENCE 170
Computer Science I
3
PHILOSOPHY 100
Ethics as Intro. to Philosophy
3 FINE ARTS
Elective
3
ENGLISH 101 or 115
English Composition or Rhetoric
3 SOCIAL SCIENCE
Elective I
3
Total 17 Total 17

Sophomore Year

First Semester Semester Hours Second Semester Semester 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
FOREIGN LANGUAGE
Elective I
3 FOREIGN LANGUAGE
Elective I
3
HISTORY
Elective I
3 HISTORY
Elective II
3
MATH 220
Calculus III
4    
Total 18 Total 16

Junior Year

First Semester Semester Hours Second Semester Semester 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 PHYS / MATH / CSCI
Elective
3
CHEMISTRY
General Chemistry I Lecture & Lab
4 THEOLOGY
Scrip/Hist or Christ Sys Elective
3
PHILOSOPHY 290
Theory of Knowledge
  SOCIAL SCIENCE
Elective I

3

Total 17 Total 16

Senior Year

First Semester Semester Hours Second Semester Semester Hours
ENGINEERING 380
Control Systems
3 ENGINEERING 386
Material Science
3
ENGINEERING 395
Senior Project I
2 ENGINEERING 398
Senior Project II
2
PHILOSOPHY 300 - 499
Elective
3 THEOLOGY
Ethics or Rel/Cult Elective
3
DIVERSITY CURRICULUM
Elective I
3 DIVERSITY CURRICULUM
Elective II
3
ENGLISH / CLAS / SPAN 205
Literature & the Moral Imagination
3 E/RS FOCUS
Elective
3
LITERATURE
Elective
3    
Total 17 Total 14

Note that ER/S and Diversity Curriculum requirements can be fulfilled with other core courses, although this is not always possible.