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Engineering Physics Major

The Physics Engineering major is intended for students interested learning physics, but with an inclination towards using physics in an applied setting.  

This major, like the regular Physics major, provides a rigorous grounding in fundamental physics, critical thinking and creative problem solving, and provides broad practical training in science and technology. The addition of Systems Engineering courses gives students practical experience with the processes of design, development, and deployment that are used in real-world applications. 

Physics Engineering majors complete a set of core courses in Physics and Engineering, including both introductory courses and basic grounding in modern physics, mechanics, electricity and magnetism, classical mechanics, lab techniques, and engineering fundamentals.  Students are then allowed to pick their own courses leading to specific specialization "track".  Examples of recommended tracks are given below, including Industrial and Systems, Mechanical, Materials, and Electrical. 

Students have many opportunities to work either in research settings with Physics faculty, or in internships with nearby companies. 

It is designed to prepare you for advanced study in physics, engineering or other technical disciplines, for employment in industry, or for teaching at the secondary level. Physics graduates are in high demand in any area where analytical thinking and problem solving are important, and our students have also gone on to careers in computer programming, finance, law, and medicine.

See the Catalog for complete graduation requirements. 

Required Math Courses
  • MATH 1700 – Calculus I
  • MATH 1800 – Calculus II
  • MATH 2700 – Multivariate Calculus
  • MATH 2900 – Linear Algebra and Differential Equations 4
Required Physics Courses:
  • PHYS 1500 – Principles of Physics I
  • PHYS 1600 – Principles of Physics II
  • PHYS 2700 – Modern Physics
  • PHYS 3000 – Classical Mechanics
  • PHYS 3100 – Electricity and Magnetism I
  • PHYS 3500 – Advanced Lab (WI)
Required Engineering Courses:
  • ENGR 1000 – Fundamentals of Engineering I 
  • ENGR 1010 – Fundamentals of Engineering II
Electives:

4 courses (16 hours), of which at least 3 (12 hours) must be Engineering courses. Other allowed electives include any PHYS courses at the 3000+ level. At least 1 course (4 hours) of electives must be at the 4000+ level.

Suggested Tracks:

Industrial and Systems Track 

  • ENGR 2000 – Statics and Mechanics
  • ENGR 3100 – Production Processes
  • ENGR 3300 – Linear Systems Modeling
  • ENGR 4300 – Systems Optimization

Mechanical Track

  • ENGR 2000 – Statics and Mechanics
  • ENGR 2200 – Thermo and Heat Transfer
  • CHEM 1700 – Accelerated General Chemistry (needed as prereq for ENGR 3200) 
  • ENGR 3200 – Materials
  • ENGR 4500 – Vibrations (requires allowing PHYS 3000 in place of ENGR 2100)

Materials Track

  • CHEM 1700 – Accelerated General Chemistry (needed as prereq for ENGR 3200)
  • ENGR 2000 – Statics and Mechanics
  • ENGR 2200 – Thermo and Heat Transfer
  • ENGR 3200 – Materials
  • PHYS 4100 – Solid State Physics

Electrical Track

  • ENGR 3000 – Electrical Systems I
  • ENGR 3010 – Electrical Systems II
  • ENGR 4500 – Vibrations
  • ENGR 4600 – Control Theory

Department of Physics

Celina Chou
Science Building 236
p / 614.823.1316
e / cchoufong@otterbein.edu

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