Jun 28, 2022  
Xavier University Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 2021-2022 
Xavier University Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 2021-2022

Engineering Physics, B.S.

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The Engineering Physics program offers a concentration in Electrical Engineering..  In addition, the program provides students interested in other specialized fields of Engineering a clear track 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

Further information about this partnership can be found at this link (https://www.xavier.edu/physics-department/programs/masters-in-engineering-tracks)

Engineering Physics combines courses in physics and mathematics with several diverse courses in engineering.  Serving the foundation of the program is 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.  Overarching these “foundational” courses are a set of “engineering” courses that focus on the application of scientific principles toward the design and construction of structures, materials, devices and systems that serve an intended function.  A senior capstone experience provided through a two-semester sequence teaches the product development process typically utilized in the engineering community and enables students to experience the process from idea conception through production.  The program is intended for students who want a solid foundation in physics and a rigorous set of engineering courses that will allow them to pursue an engineering related career or an advanced degree in engineering.

Requirements for the Engineering Physics Major

Core Curriculum Requirement:

See Undergraduate Core Curriculum  

39 credit hours outside of major courses, assuming 103 language placement and that ER/S and DCR flags are satisfied in other core courses.

Mathematical Perspectives, Scientific Perspectives, Natural Science Elective, Quantitative Reasoning and Oral Communication are included in the major.

Major Requirements:

75 credit hours, as follows:


  • Specific requirements are modifiable for the needs and interests of each individual student.
  • A 2.000 cumulative average must be attained within the major, as listed in Degree Works.

TOTAL Minimum Hours Required for Degree: 120 Semester Hours

  • Depending on the language placement and how the DCR and ERS flags are satisfied additional hours need to be taken as electives to reach 120 hours.

B.S. Engineering Physics

This block serves as a guideline for progress toward a degree.  See your academic advisor.

Freshman Year

First Semester

  • ENGR 101 - Intro to Engineering
  • PHYS 170 - University Physics I
  • PHYS 171 - Explorations in Physics I
  • MATH 170 - Calculus I
  • CORE 100 - First Year Seminar
  • CORE 101, GOA
  • Second Language 102 level


Total (14)

Second Semester

  • PHYS 172 - University Physics II
  • ENGR 173 - Explorations in Engineering
  • MATH 171 - Calculus II
  • THEO 111 - Theological Foundations
  • CORE 102, GOA
  • Second Language 201 level

Total (14).

Sophomore Year

First Semester

  • PHYS 242 - Circuit Analysis
  • PHYS 243 - Design Experience: Circuit Analysis
  • PHYS 330 - Modern Physics I
  • PHYS 331 - Modern Physics I Lab
  • MATH 220 - Calculus III    
  • ENGL 101 - English Composition or ENGL 115 - Rhetoric. 

Total (16)

Second Semester

  • ENGR 180, Intro to MATLAB
  • ENGR 244, Electronics
  • ENGR 245, Design Experience: Electronics
  • MATH 230 - Intro to Ordinary Diff Equations
  • PHYS 355 - Advanced Lab
  • PHIL 100 - Ethics as Intro to Philosophy
  • Theological Perspectives elective

Total (16)

Junior Year

First Semester

  • ENGR 370, Fluid Mechanics
  • PHYS 360 - Electromagnetism I
  • ENGR 354 - Microprocessors
  • Philosophical Perspectives 
  • Literature and Moral Imagination

Total (16)

Second Semester

  • PHYS 364 - Physical Optics
  • PHYS 365 - Physical Optics Lab
  • PHYS 350 - Theoretical Mechanics  
  • Creative Perspectives
  • Historical Perspectives elective
  • Program elective (3)

Total (16)

Senior Year

First Semester

  • ENGR 346 - Signals, Systems & Measurements
  • ENGR 395 - Senior Project I
  • Creative Perspectives elective
  • Social Science Elective
  • DCR Flag course or Elective (3)

Total (15)

Second Semester

  • ENGR 396 - Colloquium
  • ENGR 342 - Material Science
  • Program Elective (3)
  • ENGR 398 - Senior Project II
  • Humanities elective
  • ER/S or Elective (3)

Total (15).

Scheduling Notes:

  • Consult the Core Curriculum requirements of the Catalog.
  • The E/RS Focus Elective, Diversity Curriculum Elective, and Writing Intensive Elective requirements may be used to satisfy another element of the core or the major.

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