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Engineering Physics Program

2019-20 Engineering Physics UG Major Program (BS, BSH)

Pat Burchat, Varian Physics 158, burchat@stanford.edu
Mark Cappelli, Bldg 520-520D, cap@stanford.edu
Student Services: Darlene Lazar, 135 Huang, dlazar@stanford.edu

The Engineering Physics program is designed for students who have an interest in and an aptitude for both engineering and physics. The program provides students with a firm foundation in physics and mathematics, together with engineering design and problem-solving skills.

This background prepares students to tackle complex problems in multidisciplinary areas that are at the forefront of 21st-century technology, such as aerospace physics, biophysics, computational science, quantum science and engineering, materials science, nanotechnology, electromechanical systems, renewable energy, and any engineering field that requires a very solid background in physics. Because the program emphasizes science, mathematics and engineering, students are well prepared to pursue graduate work in either engineering or physics.

The main contacts for the EPhys major are Prof Pat Burchat, Prof Mark Cappelli, or student services administrator Darlene Lazar, located in 135 Huang.

Advising

Many School of Engineering, Physics and Applied Physics faculty members serve as advisors in the Engineering Physics program. They are listed below by Engineering Physics specialty.

    Aerospace Physics: Mark Cappelli, Sigrid Close, Ilan Kroo
    Biophysics: Polly Fordyce, Stephen Quake, Jan Liphardt, Andy Spakowitz
    Computational Science: Tom Abel, Ron Fedkiw, Patrick Hanrahan
    Electromechanical System Design: Mark Cappelli, Sigrid Close
    Energy Systems: Mark Cappelli, Bruce Clemens
    Materials Science: Mark Brongersma, Bruce Clemens, Jen Dionne, Evan Reed
    Quantum Science and Engineering: Mark Kasevich, Amir Safavi-Naeini
    Renewable Energy: Bruce Clemens

EPIC: The Engineering Physics Student Society

Check out the the Engineering Physics Interdisciplinary Community (EPIC) webpage for current news, links, and answers to common questions.

Honors

EPHYS majors have the option to pursue an honors degree (ENGR-BSH, Engineering Physics), applying autumn quarter of the senior year; the deadline to submit a proposal for honors is November 1.

Honors Criteria: Minimum GPA of 3.5 and independent research conducted at an advanced level with a faculty research advisor and documented in an honors thesis. The honors candidate must identify a faculty member who will serve as his or her honors research advisor and a second reader who will be asked to read the thesis and give feedback before endorsing the thesis. One of the two must be a member of the Academic Council and in the School of Engineering.

Application: Application documents should be submitted to Darlene in 135 Huang no later than November 1 of senior year:

  • One-page description of the research topic
  • Application form signed by the honors thesis advisor
  • Unofficial Stanford transcript

Students may enroll for research units in ENGR 199(W) or in departmental courses such as ME 191(H). A completed thesis draft must be submitted to the research advisor and second reader by April 15. For more details on completing the honors requirements, see the EPhys Honors description on the Explore Degrees Majors page.

Summer Research

Engineering Physics majors may participate in on-campus summer research programs in engineering, physics, or applied physics. To conduct research with a faculty member in the School of Engineering, students apply to the summer research program for the department of the faculty mentor. To conduct research with a faculty member in the Physics or Applied Physics Departments or at SLAC, students apply through the Physics, Applied Physics and SLAC program.

EPHYS Program Sheet 2018-19 -- this link is to the new ePS; or 2019-20 Program Sheet Excel or PDF version, see the Program Sheets page on this site for pdf.)

Requirements

Find current major requirements for this and all other School of Engineering major programs at Explore Degrees

Math and Science Requirements: Includes the following required courses:
Math:

  • MATH 51& 52 or CME 100 & 104*
  • MATH 53 or CME 102*
  • PHYSICS 111 (MATH 131P, MATH 173, CME 204, or MATH 220 can be taken in place of PHYSICS 111)

*Students can take either the Math 50 series or the CME 100 series.  However, the Math 50 series is strongly recommended for students who are likely to choose any of the Physics course options for depth (e.g., Physics 120, 121, 130, 131, 110, 170, 171)

Science:

  • PHYSICS (41, 42, 43, 44*, 45, 46, 70) or (61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 67)

*PHYSICS 67 strongly recommended in place of 44 for students taking the PHYSICS 40 series.

Technology in Society: One 3-5 unit approved course required; see Approved Courses page for SoE list. The course chosen must be on the Approved list the year it is taken.

Engineering Fundamentals and Depth:

At least 45 of the units in Engineering Fundamentals, Required Depth Classes, Required Depth Electives, and other electives must be School of Engineering units.

Engineering Fundamentals:
Two courses from the ENGR Fundamentals approved list. A course in computer science, such as CS106A, AX, B, or X, is recommended. Fundamentals courses acceptable for the core program (below) may also be used to satisfy the 2-course Fundamentals requirement as long as 45 unduplicated units of engineering are taken.

Engineering Physics Depth - Core Courses Required in All Specialty Areas:

  • Advanced Mathematics: One elective such as EE 261, PHYSICS 112, CS 109 or CME 106. Also qualified are EE 263, any Math or Statistics course numbered 100 or above, and any CME course numbered 200 or above, except CME 206.
  • Advanced Mechanics and Dynamics: AA 242A or ME 333 or PHYSICS 110  
  • Intermediate Electricity and Magnetism: EE (142 and 242) or PHYSICS (120 and 121)
  • Numerical Methods: CME 108 or CME 206/ME 300C or PHYSICS 113
  • Electronics Laboratory:  40A+40B (not offered 2019-20) or EE 101B or PHYSICS 105 or APPPHYS 207 (ENGR 40A alone or 40M or 40P do not satisfy this req't)
  • Writing Laboratory (WIM; see recommendation within Specialty area below)
  • Quantum Mechanics: EE 222 and 223 or PHYSICS 130 and 131
  • Thermodynamics, Kinetics, & Statistical Mechanics: PHYSICS 170 and 171, or ME 346A (not offered every year)
  • Design Course: At least one of the following design-project courses must be included in each program:
    • AA 236A, CS 108, EE 133, EE 134, EE 155, ME 203, ME 210 or PHYSICS 108

Three Courses from one of the following Specialty Areas:

Aerospace Physics: Students develop a deep background in physics and mathematics and apply it to understanding the space environment, and the dynamics, design, and control of space vehicles. 

    Aerospace Physics: Specialty Electives & Recommended Core Courses

Specialty Electives: Choose three courses from:

Units

AA 203

Intro to Optimal Control Theory

3

AA 244A

Intro to Plasma Physics & Engineering

3

AA 251

Intro to Space Environment

3

AA 279A

Space Mechanics

3

ME 161

Dynamic Systems

4

Recommended Courses for Aerospace Depth Requirements:

 

WIM

AA 190: Directed Research & Writing in AA

5

Advanced Mechanics

AA 242A Classical Dynamics

3

Design

AA 236A: Spacecraft Design

5

Other

AA 100: Intro to AA

3

Biophysics: Prepares students to employ methods in physics to the study of biological systems.  Students have the opportunity to learn about the physical biology of systems on a broad range of scales, techniques developed in biophysics for imaging, measuring, and manipulating biological systems, and the application of quantitative analysis techniques to topics in biology and genomics. 

Biophysics: Specialty Electives & Recommended Core Courses

Specialty Electives: Choose three courses from:

Units

BIOE 42

Physical Biology of Cells

4

BIOE 44

Fundamentals for Engineering Biology Lab

4

BIOE 101

Systems Biology

3

BIOE 103

Systems Physiology and Design

4

BIOE 123

Biomedical System Prototyping Lab

4

BIOE 211

Biophysics of Multicellular Systems & Amorphous Computing

2-3

BIOE 214

Representations & Algorithms for Computational Molecular Biology

3-4

BIO 132

Advanced Imaging Lab in Biophysics

4

APPPHYS 205

Intro to Biophysics

3-4

CS 262

Computational Genomics (last offered 2015-16)

3

Recommended Courses for Biophysics Depth Requirements:

 

WIM/TiS

BIOE 131

5

Advanced Math

EE 261

3

Design OR

Electronics Lab

BIOE 123 (if used for Design or Electronics Lab cannot also be one of 3 specialty electives)

5

Thermo, Kinetics & Stat Mech

BioE 41 and 42 (if used for this requirement, cannot also be one of three specialty electives)

 

ENGR Fundamental

BIOE 80

3

Computational Science: Prepares students to apply modern computational techniques to problems in engineering and applied science, and to the analysis of data. Students have the opportunity to study computational theory and algorithms, as well as applications in modeling and data analysis.

Computational Science: Specialty Electives & Recommended Core Courses

Specialty Electives: Choose three courses from:

Units

CS 103

Mathematical Foundations of Computing

5

CS 154

Intro to Automata and Complexity Theory

3-4

CS 161

Design and Analysis of Algorithms

5

CS 205L

Continuous Mathematical Methods with Emphasis on Machine Learning

3

CS 221

Artificial Intelligence: Principles and Techniques

3-4

CS 228

Probabilistic Graphical Models: Principles and Techniques

3-4

CS 229

Machine Learning

3-4

CME 212

Advanced Software Development for Scientists & Engineers

3

CME 215A or 215B

Advanced Computational Fluid Dynamics

3

Any CME course greater than CME 300 and less than 390

 

STATS 202

Data Mining and Analysis

3

STATS 213

Intro to Graphical Models (last offered 2014-15)

3

Recommended Courses for Computational Science Depth Requirements:

 

WIM/TiS

CS 181W or CS 182W

4

Advanced Math

CS 109 Intro to Probability for Computer Scientists

5

Design

CS 108 Object-Oriented Systems Design

3-4

ENGR Fundamental

CS 106 AX/B/X

5

Electromechanical System Design: Provides the opportunity for students to explore the process of design, analysis, and realization of modern electromechanical systems including “smart products” with embedded sensing and actuation.

Electromechanical System Design: Specialty Electives & Recommended Core

Specialty Electives: Take all:

Units

ME 80

Mechanics of Materials

4

ME 104

Mechanical Systems Design (formerly ME 112)

4

ME 210/EE 118

Intro to Mechatronics

4

Recommended Courses for Electromechanical System Design Depth Requirements:

 

WIM

PHYSICS 107 Intermediate Physics Laboratory II: Experimental Techniques and Data Analysis

4

Design

ME 203 Design and Manufacturing

4

Other

ME 101 & ME 103D

3

Materials:  Students learn how to design and synthesize materials with particular structures at the nanometer and micrometer scale that provide special electrical, optical, magnetic or mechanical properties.  Students can learn how to use these materials to make integrated circuits, light-emitting diodes, solar cells, fuel cells, microelectromechanical systems and other advanced devices.

Materials Science: Specialty Electives & Recommended Core Courses

Specialty Electives: Choose three courses from:

Units

MATSCI 142 to 199 (except 150 and 159Q)

 

APPPHYS 272 /PHYSICS 172

Solid State Physics

3

Recommended Courses for Materials Science Depth Requirements:

 

WIM

MATSCI 161 or 164

5

Other

CHEM 31A/B or 31M (formerly 31X)

5-10

       

Quantum Science & Engineering: Provides opportunities for students to develop an understanding of quantum systems – including atoms, lasers, and quantum devices – and investigate potential applications, such as timing and navigation, quantum computing, quantum communication and quantum cryptography, and tests of fundamental physics..

Quantum Science & ENGR: Specialty Electives & Recommended Core Courses

Specialty Electives: Choose at least one course from:

Units

APPPHYS 225 Probablity and Quantum Mechanics (not offered 2019-20) 3

PHYSICS 134

Advanced Topics in Quantum Mechanics

3-4

PHYSICS 230

Graduate Quantum Mechanics I

3

PHYSICS 231

Graduate Quantum Mechanics II

3

And choose at least two courses from:

 

APPPHYS 203

Atoms, Fields, & Photons

4

APPPHYS 228

Quantum Hardware (not offered 2019-20)

4

CS 254

Computational Complexity

3

EE 234

Photonics Lab (not offered 17-18)

3

EE 236C

Lasers

3

EE 243

Semiconductor Optoelectronic Devices

3

EE 376A/STATS 376A Information Theory 3

APPPHYS 182

Intro to Modern Atomic Physics & Quantum Optics

3

Recommended Courses for Quantum Science Depth Requirements:

 

WIM

PHYSICS 107 or EE 134

5

Design

EE 134

5

Renewable Energy: Students explore energy conversion and storage technologies that are relevant in renewable energy systems, such as solar cells, wind turbines, batteries, fuel cells, and hydrogen production and storage.

Renewable Energy: Specialty Electives & Recommended Core Courses

Specialty Electives: Choose three courses from:

Units

CEE 176B

Electric Power: Renewables and Efficiency

3-4

EE 153

Power Electronics

3-4

EE 155

Green Electronics

4

MATSCI 156

or

EE 293

Solar Cells, Fuel Cells, Batteries: Materials for Energy Solution

Energy Storage & Conversion: Solar Cells, Fuel Cells, Batteries and Supercapacitors

3-4

 

3-4

EE 293B

Fundamentals of Energy Processes

3

MATSCI 302

Solar Cells

3

MATSCI 316

Nanoscience, Engineering, and Technology

3

ME 260

Fuel Cell Science & Technology

3

Recommended Courses for Renewable Energy Depth Requirements:

 

WIM

EE 153 or EE 155

4

Other Specialty: With approval of advisor and by petition, a set of three courses in one area of concentration

Declaring Engineering Physics

  1. Make a pre-major advising appointment with either Prof Pat Burchat in Physics, or with Prof Mark Cappelli in Mechanical Engineering, to discuss math and physics requirements, the selection of a specialty in Engineering Physics, and choosing an advisor.
  2. Declare the Engineering Physics subplan on Axess: select “Engineering” as your major and "Engineering Physics" as your subplan. Do not select Engineering Honors; this option may be elected later should you choose to pursue the Honors program.
  3. Print your unofficial Stanford transcript from Axess.
  4. Download the Engineering Physics Program Sheet from the Program Sheet page of this site. Complete the Program Sheet, indicating how you plan to fulfill the major requirements (or do this when you meet with your advisor).
  5. Make an appointment with your advisor to discuss your program. Have your advisor sign the Program Sheet. Your program proposal may change as you progress in the program; submit revisions in consultation with your advisor. (Submit an initial Program Sheet during the quarter in which you declare, and a final Program Sheet at least two quarters before you graduate.)
  6. Turn in your signed form and a copy of your unofficial transcript to Darlene in 135 Huang; she can then approve your declaration in Axess and enter your new advisor. You can also get AP or transfer credit approval taken care of at this time.