Feb 27, 2020  
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Physics

Physics: Engineering Physics Option (B.S.)

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Total hours to degree: 90 (total does not include completion of required engineering degree elsewhere)

Minimum Semester Hours required for the Physics: Engineering Physics Option: 59 semester hours

(See also “Pre-Engineering Program” and “Engineering”)

This cooperative degree program requires about three years of work at EIU followed by two years of work at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). This program is designed to combine studies in Physics and Engineering, producing workers with greater versatility and broader skills, making them more attractive to employers of scientists and engineers.  Upon completion of the program, the student receives a Bachelor of Science in Physics: Option in Engineering Physics, from EIU and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree from UIUC. With approval of the Engineering Advisor and the Chair of the Physics Department, the Physics: Engineering Physics Option can be awarded upon completion of a Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree from Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC) as an alternative. Interested students should consult with the Pre-Engineering Coordinator for detailed requirements of the program.

After completing 60 semester hours in this curriculum, a student may apply to the EIU Pre-Engineering Coordinator for admission as an Engineering Physics candidate. The requirements for admission as an Engineering Physics candidate are a minimum grade point average of 3.00 and approval by the committee. Continuation as an engineering candidate includes meeting the transfer requirements of the College of Engineering at UIUC.

A student who transfers into this curriculum from another college or university must be in residence at EIU for at least one semester before he/she becomes eligible for admission as an Engineering Physics candidate.

12 Semester Hours From Category A+B+C:

Category A: At least one of:

Category C:

Courses Recommended

These courses may be required by certain Engineering programs. (See footnote 1)


(Major GPA based on all EIU courses in chemistry, industrial technology, mathematics, and physics taken from the list above.)

Students completing cooperative degree programs, i.e., Engineering and Clinical Laboratory Sciences, will not be required to take a senior seminar.

1 These courses should be selected in consultation with the Pre-Engineering Coordinator to ensure that Eastern’s General Education requirements and UIUC requirements are both fulfilled. ECN 2801G is highly recommended in the Social and Behavioral Sciences since it is required in some UIUC and SIUC Engineering Programs.

2 A limit of 3 hours of Physics 4444*, 4555, 4601*, 4602*, 4603*, 4644, or 4800* may be counted toward the degree.

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