Additional Information on the Department of Physics and Engineering Physics
This interdisciplinary program provides students with a broad science and mathematics background equal to that of Tulanes traditional physics major, combined with a strong grounding in engineering design and the application of physics principles to practical engineering problems. The curriculum is characterized by a strong emphasis on modern physics and its application to 21st century technology, including new materials, quantum electronics, nanofabrication, and devices. Our students will be well equipped to pursue research and development careers in new and emerging technologies that cut across traditional engineering and science disciplines, to pursue graduate studies in science or engineering, or to enter professional fields including law, management, and medicine. Graduates will have substantial experience with laboratory methods, data analysis, and computation. A centerpiece of the curriculum is the design sequence, consisting of a two-semester Introduction to Design sequence, a summer industry internship, and a two-semester capstone Team Design Project. As an intrinsic part of the curriculum, students develop strong oral and written communication skills, multidisciplinary teamwork skills, experience in public service, and knowledge about the high ethical standards of the engineering profession. The program builds on cross-cutting areas of research strength in the School of Science and Engineering, including: novel 21st century materials; materials for energy; biomolecular materials; macromolecules; quantum mechanics to devices; surfaces, interfaces, and nanostructures; and computation. interfaces, and nanostructures; and computation.
The mission of our program is to provide the highest quality education for students in the principles and applications of Engineering Physics. The excellence of the program is ensured by our departments high regard for teaching, research activities and industrial ties. The program educates students to take leadership roles in industry, academia and government.
Our engineering physics program aims to educate students to become professionals with in-depth knowledge and skills in mathematics, science and engineering to understand physical systems; to research, design and solve problems; and to provide the foundation for graduate study and lifelong learning. Our objective is to prepare graduates to be able to successfully pursue:
Graduates of the Engineering Physics program at Tulane University will attain:
Engineering Physics is a field that provides broad training in physics and mathematics and basic training in engineering and design. The practitioner of engineering physics is involved in the development of new devices and products using sophisticated physical concepts. The engineering physics curriculum educates students to work in areas where technology is changing rapidly and where the boundaries of several traditional engineering disciplines overlap, such as nanomaterials/devices, lasers, plasmas, robotics, materials, medical imaging, superconductors, and semiconductors. The curriculum develops sufficient depth in both engineering and science to produce graduates who are able to relate basic knowledge to practical problems in engineering. The engineering physicist is a person with the training of both an applied physicist and an engineer, the inclination to attack novel as well as routine problems in engineering, and the flexibility to exploit basic knowledge in any branch of science and technology using analytical and experimental skills.
Our engineering physics curriculum places emphasis on:
The required curriculum for engineering physics is relatively full. Class schedules should be carefully planned. Typical of engineering in the US, some engineering physics majors may take a course overload in some semesters.
The major curriculum consists of the following requirements (90 credits total plus Tulane Core Curriculum requirements)
Note that Engineering Physics majors must complete six cultural knowledge electives, but are exempt from the language requirement.
Four mathematics classes to be completed during the first two years of study that include:
Typically taken in the second year of study
One course chosen from among
One course chosen from among
Two courses chosen from among
Taken in the fourth year of study
Many intermediate and advanced courses in the program have prerequisites listed under the Basic Science and Mathematics categories; several of the allowed electives may have additional prerequisites. Many of the required and elective courses may not be offered every year. Students must work closely with the departmental undergraduate advisor to develop an individualized schedule of courses that fits their needs and interests, while satisfying all of the above requirements along with the university’s core requirements for graduation.
ROTC courses, if elected, are taken in addition to the normal courses. Please see the Engineering Physics advisor for details.
TIDES Course Credits / Units: 1
Public Service Course, e.g., Introduction to Physics Pedagogy
Engineering Elective: e.g., BMEN 2730: Electronics
Cultural Knowledge Elective 1
Engineering Elective: e.g., BMEN 3440: Biofluids (3)
Classical Elective: e.g., PHYS 4230: Thermal Physics (3)
Cultural Knowledge Elective 2 (3)
Cultural Knowledge Elective 3 (3)
Cultural Knowledge Elective 4 (3)
Cultural Knowledge Elective 5 (3)
Contemporary Elective: e.g., PHYS 4470: Quantum Mechanics (3)
Cultural Knowledge Elective 6 (3)
More information is available at: http://www.physics.tulane.edu/StudentsEngPhysSched.shtml