Required Courses and Suggested Schedules
Engineering Physics is a collaborative degree program between the School of Engineering and the Department of Physics and Astronomy. The Department of Physics and Astronomy has responsibility for management of the program, however, students intending to major in Engineering Physics must be accepted into the School of Engineering. The Bachelor of Science in Engineering Physics is offered in four design concentrations – Aerospace Systems, Chemical Systems, Digital Electronic Systems, and Electromechanical Control Systems. This section of the Handbook lists the required courses and offers suggested schedules for meeting the requirements of the different concentrations. The required credits vary slightly depending on the concentration chosen, but are each approximately 128 – 130 hours. All Engineering Physics degree concentrations meet or exceed the minimum requirements for math, science, engineering and engineering-related courses specified by ABET. Graduating with a BS in Engineering Physics is contingent upon completing or having credit for all required courses or approved course substitutions, rather than completion of a specific number of credit hours.
Students who enrolled in or after Fall 2013 are subject to the requirements of the KU Core Curriculum. By completing the required courses listed for the different Engineering Physics concentrations, the requirements of the KU Core Curriculum for Goal 1 Outcomes 1 and 2, Goal 3 (natural science), Goal 5, and Goal 6 are fulfilled. The remaining requirements of the KU Core can be met by an additional l5 credit hours of course work. Credit from advanced placement or course transfers may be used to satisfy KU Core requirements. Proposed places in the curriculum for taking courses satisfying the remaining KU Core requirements are included in the Suggested Schedules. In some cases the requirements of the KU Core Curriculum can be met by a non-course educational experience. Students who were admitted prior to the implementation of the KU Core or who had the option to opt out of the KU Core are required to satisfy the 15 credit hours of general education courses specific to Engineering Physics. For students to whom this applies, check with your advisor to see what courses have been preapproved to meet the general education requirements.
The following Suggested Schedules are built on the assumption that entering freshmen in Engineering Physics come to KU with the preparation in high school math, chemistry, physics to allow enrollment in MATH 125 and CHEM 130 or CHEM 150. If MATH 125, CHEM 130/150, or PHSX 211/213 is postponed the schedule can be significantly affected resulting in an increased probability of needing more than four years to complete the requirements for the degree. Students transferring into EPHX after two years elsewhere will need to have credit for the pre-requisite courses in order to complete the remaining requirements in two additional years. Courses taken elsewhere can transfer for KU credit. Students interested in transferring credit from another institution can find additional information at http://admissions.ku.edu/apply/credits. All students in Engineering Physics are encouraged to consider taking at least one summer of course work.
The Engineering Physics curriculum is challenging and it is important to be aware that many of the required courses, particularly at the junior/senior level, are offered only once a year. Students are urged to plan ahead in consultation with their advisor. Advising is required of Engineering Physics majors and enrollment every semester is restricted until advising is complete. Although the Department makes every effort to keep the curriculum information current, it is important to be aware that the schedule of course offerings is subject to change, particularly within the School of Engineering, with the potential that suggested courses may not be available as listed here or may be in time conflict with other suggested courses. It is also possible that enrollment in some courses may be limited. Again, the advisor can be helpful at exploring options in these cases. In general, substitutions for the required courses are not available, although in a few cases substitutions have been approved, such as ME 312 Thermodynamics instead of C&PE 221 Thermodynamics. To assist in planning, the following suggested schedules include pre-approved alternatives where they exist. Also, courses that are only offered in the semester listed are annotated in boldface type.