Engineering Physics

The Department of Physics and Optical Engineering has provided both science and engineering foundation at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology through its physics and optics engineering programs. Physics is the foundation subject to all engineering and through the study in engineering physics we aim at blending a strong physics component with relevant engineering backgrounds that are usually necessary to work in areas such as semiconductor, optical technologies, biomedical applications, mechanical, electrical, and civil engineering, and polymer and biochemistry. The students will get their traditional undergraduate engineering education that has a broad foundation in mathematics, engineering sciences and technology. This program emphasizes problem solving skills and an understanding of engineering design to address the needs and challenges of the technology age and allow students to take a broad range of engineering careers.

Engineering Physics emphasizes micro-nanoscale engineering courses necessary to work in areas such as semiconductor manufacturing, molecular electronics, integrated silicon photonics, nanomedicine, micro- and nano-electromechanical systems, thin film technologies, and other applications of nanotechnology. The engineering coursework is grounded in a strong foundation of mathematics and physics. This program uses multidisciplinary approaches in solving problems with a global understanding of engineering design, systems optimization, and fabrication techniques. Graduates will address the complex needs and challenges of cutting-edge nanotechnology using manufacturing, characterization, and analysis tools including those in a cleanroom environment. Rose-Hulman’s Engineering Physics graduates are trained to take up any demanding jobs for the development of new technologies or to pursue graduate school for further studies in engineering or physics.

Mission: To provide a coherent foundation of physics and cutting-edge engineering that leads to a large variety of possibilities for its graduates. Engineering Physics graduates are trained in design, optimization, fabrication, and testing of semiconductor and nanoscale systems. Graduates are enabled to practice their dynamic and progressive engineering profession in emerging fields as responsible citizens of the global society.

Vision: To cultivate in students the responsibility, independence, and knowledge that allows them to be fully engaged engineers in all disciplines, to continuously improve their knowledge and skills, and to be engaged in the development process of emerging nanotechnologies and semiconductor manufacturing.

EP Program Educational Objectives

Based on our mission and the needs of our constituents, our graduates will:

  • solve complex problems, create new knowledge, and incorporate innovative solutions.
  • be a good citizen of the world, participate in solving major world problems such as climate change and poverty, and develop products and policies that are ethically, socially, and economically responsible.
  • adopt and learn new skills, engage in lifelong learning, continue developing their knowledge, and teach others the benefits and limitations of their field.
  • explain complex problems to a wide audience of different backgrounds and bridge the gap between different fields of study.
  • collaborate, work well in a diverse and interdisciplinary team, and build relationships. 

EP Student Learning Outcomes

Outcome 1:

an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics

Outcome 2: an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
Outcome 3: an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
Outcome 4: an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts 
Outcome 5: an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
Outcome 6: an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
Outcome 7: an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies
The engineering physics program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, https://www.abet.org, under the commission’s General Criteria with no applicable program criteria.

Courses taken in the respective departments:

Subjects #Classes Hours
Physics (PH) 11 44
Math (MA) 6 27
Chemistry (CHEM) 2 8
CSSE/ME 1 4
EM 2 4
RHIT100 1 1
ES 1 4
HSSA 9 36
Engineering Physics (EP) 7 26
Engineering Physics Design (EP) 3 12
Electives (SEM, Eng. and Free) 6 24
Total 50 194

SUMMARY OF GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS FOR ENGINEERING PHYSICS

  1. All the courses listed above by the number.
  2. The program must be approved by the EP advisor.
  3. A list of the engineering electives is provided.
  4. SEM (Science, Engineering, Math) electives are courses that need to be taken at the 200 level (CHEM115 is allowed) or above in biology, biomathematics, chemistry, computer science, engineering, mathematics or physics.
  5. A free electives is any course in engineering, science, humanities, military science, or air science.
Classes by Subjects Hours
Physics Coursework* 44
Chemistry and Mathematics Coursework** 35
Humanities, Social Science, and the Arts (Standard requirement) 36
EM, ES, ME, RHIT100 Courses 13
Electrical Engineering Courses 8
Optical Engineering Courses 4
EP Courses 30
EP Capstone Design 12
Engineering Electives 16
SEM and Free Electives 8
Total 194

Foundation Physics Classes

Course Description Hours
PH 235 Many Particle Physics 4
PH 255 Modern Physics 4
PH 316 Electric & Magnetic Fields 4
PH 317 Electromagnetism 4
PH 328 Advanced Physics Lab I 4
PH 327 Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics 4
PH 401 Introduction to Quantum Mechanics 4
PH 405 Semiconductor Materials and Applications 4
Total   32

General Foundation Classes

Course Description Hours
PH 111 Physics I 4
PH 112 Physics II 4
PH 113 Physics III 4
MA 111 Calculus I 5
MA 112 Calculus II 5
MA 113 Calculus III 5
MA 221 Matrix Algebra & Differential Equations I 4
MA 222 Matrix Algebra & Differential Equations II  4
MA 223 or MA 381  Engineering Statistics I or Intro to Probability w/ Apps to Stats 4
CHEM 111 General Chemistry I 4
CHEM 113 General Chemistry II 4
Total   47

Engineering Foundation

Course Description Hours
EM 104 Graphical Communications 2
EP 180 Engineering at Nanoscale 2
EP 280 Introduction to Nano-engineering 4
EP 320 Fundamentals of Thin Films: Fabrication and Applications 4
EP 380 Nanotechnology, Entrepreneurship and Ethics 4
EP 395 Nanoscale Fabrication & Characterization Techniques 4
EP 406 Semiconductor Devices and Fabrication 4
EP 407 Nanoscale and Semiconductor Devices 4
EP 410 Introduction to MEMS; Fabrication and Applications 4
ES 213 Electrical Systems 3
ES 213L  Electical Systems Lab 1
 ME123 Computer Programming 4
  Engineering Elective 16
     
Total   56

Design Sequence

Course Description Hours
EM 103 Introduction to Design 2
EP 415 Engineering Physics Design I 4
EP 416 Engineering Physics Design II 4
EP 417 Engineering Physics Design III 4
Total   14

 

Approved Engineering 200-Level Electives (4 credit hours required)

  • ECE 205  Circuits and Systems
  • ES 201    Conservation and Accounting Principles
  • ES 202    Fluid and Thermal Systems
  • EM 204    Statics II
  • OE 280    Geometric Optics
  • EP 290    Directed Study
  • EP 490    Directed Study


Approved Engineering Electives 

  • OE 360   Optical Materials
  • OE 393   Fiber Optics
  • OE 437   Introduction to Image Processing
  • OE 450   Laser Systems and Applications
  • OE 495   Optical Metrology
  • EP 330   Materials Failure
  • EP 411    Advanced Topics in MEMS
  • EP 450   Nanomedicine
  • EP 470   Special Topics in Engineering Physics
  • EP 490   Directed Study
  • CHE 315 Materials Science and Engineering
  • ME 328   Materials Engineering
  • ME 417   Advanced materials Engineering
  • ME 422   Finite Elements for Engineering Applications
  • EM 403   Advanced Mechanics of Materials
  • ECE 351  Analog Electronics
  • ECE 250  Electronic Device Modeling

Plan of Study

Freshman Open Close
Sophomore Open Close
Junior Open Close
Senior Open Close

Total credits required: 194

NOTES

*If students miss EP 180 in the freshmen or sophomore year, this requirement must be replaced with a 300 or 400-level EP course of at least 2 credits.
EP course descriptions are listed under the Physics and Optical Engineering Department.

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