Engineering Physics

Program Features

Engineering physics explores how physics and engineering come together to find solutions to real-world problems. As a student in the engineering physics major, you’ll learn the mathematical tools important to all scientists and engineers and study how basic physics underlies common rules within engineering fields. By the time you get to the end of the program, you’ll be ideating and conceptualizing real applied projects, building devices and making them work.

Xavier's engineering physics major also 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.

Xavier University, located in Cincinnati, Ohio, is nationally recognized as a top university by U.S. News & World Report, The Princeton Review and Forbes. 98 percent of our students, including those in the engineering physics major, are working, volunteering or in graduate school within six months of graduation (Class of 2021).

Concentrations

Electrical 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

  • ENGR 101: Intro to Engineering............ 3cr.
  • 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 102 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: Design Experience: Electronics............ 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.
  • PHYS 355: Advanced Lab............ 2cr.
  • Theological Perspectives elective............ 3cr.

Fall

  • ENGR 354: Microprocessors............ 3cr.
  • ENGINEERING 370: Fluid Mechanics............ 3cr.
  • PHYSICS 360: Electromagnetism I............ 3cr.
  • Philosophical Perspectives............ 3cr.
  • Literature and Moral Imagination............ 3cr.

Spring

  • PHYSICS 364: Physical Optics............ 3cr.
  • PHYSICS 365: Physical Optics Lab............ 1cr.
  • PHYS 350: Theoretical Mechanics ............ 3cr.
  • Creative Perspectives............ 3cr.
  • Historical Perspectives elective............ 3cr.
  • Program elective............ 3cr.

Fall

  • ENGINEERING 395: Senior Project I............ 2cr.
  • ENGR 346: Signals, Systems & Measurements............ 3cr.
  • DCR Flag course or Elective............ 3cr.
  • Social Science Elective............ 3cr.
  • Creative Perspectives............ 3cr.

Spring

  • ENGR 398: Senior Project II............ 2cr.
  • ENGINEERING 358: Analog and Digital Communication............ 3cr.
  • ENGR 396: Colloqium............ 1cr.
  • Program Elective............ 3cr.
  • Humanities Elective............ 3cr.
  • ER/S or Elective............ 3cr.

Sample Courses

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

The following clubs are popular choices for students in the engineering physics major.

Physics Club

The Physics Club organizes events and service opportunities that explore and promote interests in physics to majors, minors and the entire campus community. Beyond the task of promoting physics, these events and gatherings are meant to develop a sense of friendship and growth in all avenues. The Physics Club also supports the Xavier Chapter of Sigma Pi Sigma, the national Physics Honor Society.

Math Club

The Xavier University Mathematics Club promotes the interest of mathematics at Xavier University and facilitates interaction among math undergraduates, graduates and faculty. Also, Mathematics Club links students to the worldwide mathematical community.

 

All Xavier Clubs

Career Outcomes

98% of Xavier students, including those in the engineering physics major, are working, volunteering or in graduate school within six months of graduation (Class of 2021).

Careers: Aeronautical Engineer, Engineering Technician, Engineering Supervisor, Engineering Consultant, Laboratory Technician, Mechanical Designer, Mechanical Engineer, Nuclear Engineer, Project Engineer, Test Engineer, Science Teacher/Professor, Software Engineer, Systems Engineer

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.

Cincinnati: A City of Opportunity

A photo of downtown Cincinnati, Ohio at night. Lights from the buildings reflect on the Ohio river.

Cincinnati, Ohio features some of the largest companies in the world, which means engineering physics students have countless opportunities for careers, internships and mentorships at places like Kroger, Procter & Gamble, Macy’s and Fifth Third Bancorp. The city is ranked the #1 Best City for College Graduates (smartasset.com) and the #15 Best Place to Start a Career (WalletHub).


Going to College in Cincinnati

Engineering Physics Student Research

Students in the engineering physics major using lab equipment

The Lindner Family Physics Building houses a variety of research facilities for students in the engineering physics major, 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 in the Physics Department

Senior Capstone Course

Laser instrument used by students earning their engineering physics degree

All students 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.


Senior Research in the Physics Department

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."