Engineering Physics Major

 

This major provides a strong background in physics and mathematics, and it is intended for students interested in applying theory to applied problems in acoustics, optics, continuum mechanics, and materials science. The structure of the program is very similar to that of electrical engineering except the depth requirement includes seven courses and there are only five electives.

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NOTE: ALL COURSES USED TO SATISFY MAJOR REQUIREMENTS MUST BE TAKEN FOR A LETTER GRADE AND RECEIVE A GRADE OF C- OR BETTER.

REQUIREMENTS

Lower Division (70 units):

  • Mathematics: MATH 20A, 20B, 20C, 20D, 20E, and 18 

  • Physics: PHYS 2A, 2B, 2C, 2D, 2DL

  • Chemistry: CHEM 6A

  • Electrical and Computer Engineering: ECE 15, 25, 30, 35, 45, and 65


Summary of Lower Division Major Requirements:

Area Courses Units
Math Math 20A, 20B, 20C, 20D, 20E, and 18 24
ECE ECE 15, 25, 30, 35, 45 and 65 24
Chemistry Chem 6A 4
Physics Phys 2A, 2B, 2C, 2D, 2DL 18
  Total Units 70

Upper Division (76 units):

Breadth (24 units): ECE 100, 101, 102, 103, 107, and 109

Design (4 units): ECE 111 or 190 or 191 or 193H (Honors Students Only)

Depth (28 units): PHYS 110A, 130A-B, 140A; MATH 110A; ECE 123 and 166 or ECE 135A and 135B or ECE 182 and (181 or 183)

Electives (20 units): 2 Technical (engineering, physics or math) Elective and 3 Professional Electives


Summary of Upper Division Major Requirements:

Area Courses Units
Breadth ECE 100, 101, 102, 103, 107, 109 24
Design ECE 111 or 190 or 191 or 193H (Honors Students Only) 4
Depth

PHYS 110A, 130A-B, 140A; MATH 110A;

ECE 123 and 166 or ECE 135A and 135B or ECE 182 and (181 or 183)

28
Electives

2 Technical (Engineering, Physics or Math) Elective

 and 3 Professional Electives

20
     
  Total Units 76

NOTE: PHYS 2DL and PHYS 130A have prerequisites that are not listed above. PHYS 2DL requires PHYS 2BL or 2CL. PHYS 130A requires 100A and 110A.  PHYS 100A can be applied towards one elective requirement.

 

Design:

Students can choose from ECE 111 (Advanced Digital Design Project), ECE 190 (Engineering Design), or ECE 191 (Engineering Group Design Project). Graduation will not be approved until a written copy of the design project is submitted to the ECE Undergraduate Office.

ELECTIVES

Professional and technical electives are an integral part of the ECE major curriculum. They allow students course flexibility as well as the unique opportunity to tailor their major to their personal interests and professional goals.


Professional Electives:

Professional electives are acceptable courses taken in one department. Normally these will be upper-division courses in engineering, mathematics, or physics. Students may also choose upper-division courses from other departments provided that they fit into a coherent professional program. In such cases, a lower-division prerequisite may be included in the electives. Courses other than upper-division engineering, mathematics, or physics must be justified in terms of such a program, and must be approved by the ECE department.


Technical Electives:

Technical electives must be upper-division engineering, math or physics courses.  At most one lower-division course in engineering may be used but it must receive prior approval from the ECE department. Certain courses listed below are not allowed as electives because of overlap with ECE courses.

For more information about electives, please visit ECE Electives.