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
PHYS 170
University Physics I
3 PHYS 172
University Physics II
PHYS 171
Explorations in Physics
1 PHYS 173
Explorations in Physics II
MATH 170
Calculus I
4 MATH 171
Calculus II
Second Language I 3 Second Language II 3
First Year Seminar 3 Theology 111 3
Total 14 Total 14

Sophomore Year

First Semester Credit Hours Second Semester Credit Hours
PHYS 242
Electronics I
3 ENGR 246
Signals, Systems & Measurements
PHYS 243
Electronics I Lab
1 ENGR 247
Signals, Systems & Measurements Lab
PHYS 330
Modern Physics I
3 ENGR 352
Statics and Dynamics
PHYS 331
Modern Physics I Lab
1 MATH 230
Differential Equations
MATH 220
Calculus III
4 Philosophy 100 3
Composition 100 or Rhetoric 115 3 Lit. & Moral Imagination 205 3
Total 15 Total 16

Junior Year

First Semester Credit Hours Second Semester Credit Hours
PHYS 360
Electromagnetism I
3 PHYS 364
Physical Optics
ENGR 300
Principles of Design
3 PHYS 365
Physical Optics Lab
ENGR 301
Principles of Design Lab
1 ENGR 370
Fluid Mechanics
ENGR 384
Heat Transfer
3 CSCI 170
Computer Science I
CHEM 160/161
General Chemistry I Lecture & Lab
4 PHIL 200
Philosophical Perspectives
Writing Intensive elective* (if needed) (3) Theological Perspectives elective 3
Total 14 Total 16

Senior Year

First Semester Credit Hours Second Semester Credit Hours
ENGR 380
Control Systems
3 ENGR 386
Material Science
ENGR 395
Senior Project I
2 ENGR 398
Senior Project II
Social Sciences elective 3 PHYS/ENGR/MATH/CSCI elective 3
Humanities elective 3 Creative Perspectives elective 3
Historical Perspectives elective 3 ER/S* or General elective 3
DCR* or General elective 3    
Total 17 Total 14

* May double count with other core or major courses.

Note – Scientific Perspectives, Mathematical Perspectives, Natural Sciences, Oral Communications and Quantitative Reasoning electives satisfied in major.