Engineering Physics

Program Features

Students majoring in engineering physics gain a solid foundation in physics and engineering through courses that allow them to explore how mathematical concepts intersect with phenomena in the natural world.

In addition, the program provides students a clear path to pursue a 1-year Masters in Engineering or a 2-year, research-based Masters in Science at the University of Cincinnati in Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering or Civil Engineering.

Concentrations: Electrical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering

Curriculum

The sample course sequence below illustrates class offerings for the Engineering Physics major. Consult the official Xavier University course catalog for detailed registration and advising information.

Fall

  • PHYSICS 170: University Physics I............ 3cr.
  • PHYSICS 171: Explorations in Physics ............ 1cr.
  • MATHEMATICS 170: Calculus I............ 4cr.
  • CORE 100, First Year Seminar............ 3cr.
  • CORE 101, GOA............ 0cr.
  • Second Language 103 level............ 3cr.

Spring

  • PHYSICS 172: University Physics II............ 3cr.
  • ENGR 173: Explorations in Engineering............ 1cr.
  • MATHEMATICS 171: Calculus II............ 4cr.
  • THEOLOGY 111: Theological Foundations............ 3cr.
  • CORE 102, GOA............ 0cr.
  • Second Language 201 level............ 3cr.

Fall

  • PHYSICS 330: Modern Physics I............ 3cr.
  • PHYSICS 331: Moder Physics I Lab ............ 2cr.
  • PHYSICS 242: Circuit Analysis............ 3cr.
  • PHYSICS 243: Circuit Analysis Lab............ 1cr.
  • MATHEMATICS 220: Calculus III............ 4cr.
  • ENGL 101, Composition............ 3cr.

Spring

  • ENGINEERING 244: Electronics............ 3cr.
  • ENGINEERING 245: Electronics Lab............ 1cr.
  • MATHEMATICS 230: Intro to Ordinary Differential Equations (taught only in the Spring)............ 3cr.
  • ENGINEERING 180: Intro to MATLAB............ 1cr.
  • PHILOSOPHY 100: Ethics as Intro to Philosophy............ 3cr.
  • Historical Perspectives............ 3cr.
  • Writing Flag (If not satisfied through a required core course)............ 3cr.

Fall

  • ENGINEERING 350: Digital Logic and Circuit Design............ 3cr.
  • ENGINEERING 370: Fluid Mechanics............ 3cr.
  • PHYSICS 360: Electromagnetism I............ 3cr.
  • MATHEMATICS 156: General Statistics............ 3cr.
  • Theological Perspectives............ 3cr.
  • Diversity Flag (If not satisfied through a required core course) or Free Elective............ 3cr.

Spring

  • PHYSICS 364: Physical Optics............ 3cr.
  • PHYSICS 365: Physical Optics Lab............ 1cr.
  • ENGINEERING 346: Signals, Systems and Measurements............ 3cr.
  • ENGINEERING 347: Signals, Systems and Measurements Lab............ 1cr.
  • ENGINEERING 354: Microprocessors............ 3cr.
  • Lit and Moral Imagination............ 3cr.
  • ER/S Flag (If not satisfied through a required core course)............ 3cr.

Fall

  • ENGINEERING 395: Senior Project I............ 2cr.
  • ENGINEERING 384: Heat Transfer............ 3cr.
  • ENGINEERING 380: Control Systems............ 3cr.
  • PHYS 350: Theoretical Mechanics I............ 3cr.
  • Creative Perspectives............ 3cr.

Spring

  • ENGINEERING 398: Senior Project II............ 2cr.
  • ENGINEERING 358: Analog and Digital Communication............ 3cr.
  • ENGR 396: Colloqium............ 1cr.
  • Philosophical Perspectives............ 3cr.
  • Humanities Elective............ 3cr.
  • Social Science Elective............ 3cr.

Sample Courses

Xavier is known for providing an education that's both challenging and personal. Here are some courses that are part of the ENGINEERING PHYSICS major at Xavier:

Electronics I (PHYS 242) - Explore the fundamental concepts and laws of electric AC and DC circuits, and apply them to topics such as delta-star conversion, power and power transfer in circuits, impedance, steady state and transient analysis, ideal transformers, operational amplifiers, RLC resonant circuits, and analog filters.

Digital Logic and Circuits Design (ENGR 350) - Learn the fundamentals of Boolean algebra, logic gates, and computer architecture. Then use these fundamentals to analyze, design, build and test combinatorial circuits, flip-flops, registers, counters, and sequential circuits.

Microprocessors and Microcontrollers (ENGR 354) - Learn about the architecture of microprocessors and microcontrollers, programming, instruction design, memory hierarchy and Input/Output interfaces, and assembly language programming. Then gain hands on experience with microcontroller programming and system design.

Clubs

Xavier students have formed more than 160 clubs and organizations, dabbling in everything from computer science to community service, languages and art.

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Outcomes

98% of students from Xavier’s College of Arts and Science programs, including Engineering Physics, are working, volunteering or in graduate school within six months of graduating.

Top Jobs: Software Engineer, Actuarial Analyst, Associate Consultant, Chemist, Developer, Electrical Engineer, Research Engineer

Top Companies: Good Samaritan Hospital, The Christ Hospital, AT&T, 84.51, TBM Consulting, ScribeAmerica, GE Aviation

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All for one

Xavier is ranked #1 for its excellent academic reputation among top competitors in the region. Students get the most out of their education, from rigorous classroom studies to experiential learning in the real world.

Research Opportunities

The Lindner Family Physics Building houses a variety of research facilities, including a holography lab, atomic and nuclear labs, optics lab, superconductivity lab, atomic force microscope lab, a thin-film deposition system, and an astronomical observatory.


Student Research

Senior Capstone

All engineering physics majors take a senior capstone course, where they learn the product development process utilized in the engineering community and experience the process from idea conception through production.


Earn a Master's

Many students earn their Masters through Xavier's partnership with the University of Cincinnati. Students choose from Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering or Civil Engineering.


XU/UC Masters Partnership

Engineering Physics Major at Xavier University

The Engineering Physics major at Xavier University focuses on 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 systems.

Xavier University’s College of Arts and Sciences challenges students to develop an integrated understanding of humanity, the world, and God by pursuing the questions raised in Xavier's core and departmental curricula. The College of Arts and Sciences is the oldest and largest college at Xavier University. The college provides an excellent liberal arts education in the Jesuit tradition that prepares students for careers, professional or graduate school, and life in a global society.

Xavier University is a private university located in Cincinnati, Ohio, providing a liberal arts education in the Jesuit Catholic tradition. Founded in 1831, the University is the sixth-oldest Catholic university in the nation. It has been ranked among the top 10 master's-level universities in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report for the past two decades. The Princeton Review names it one of the "Best 385 Colleges in America."