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COVID-19-Related Degree Requirement Changes

The Engineering Physics program counts all courses taken in academic year 2020-21 with a grade of 'CR' (credit) or 'S' (satisfactory) towards satisfaction of undergraduate degree requirements that otherwise require a letter grade.

Engineering Physics (EPHYS)

Completion of the undergraduate program in Engineering Physics leads to the conferral of the Bachelor of Science in Engineering. The subplan "Engineering Physics" appears on the transcript and on the diploma.

Mission of the Undergraduate Program in Engineering Physics

The mission of the undergraduate program in Engineering Physics is to provide students with a strong foundation in physics and mathematics, together with engineering and problem-solving skills. All majors take high-level math and physics courses as well as engineering courses. This background prepares them 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 & engineering, materials science, nanotechnology, electromechanical systems, renewable energy, and any other engineering field that requires a solid background in physics. Because the program emphasizes science, mathematics, and engineering, students are well prepared to pursue graduate work in engineering, physics, or applied physics.


Select one of the following sequences:10
Linear Algebra, Multivariable Calculus, and Modern Applications
and Integral Calculus of Several Variables
Vector Calculus for Engineers
and Linear Algebra and Partial Differential Equations for Engineers
MATH 53Ordinary Differential Equations with Linear Algebra5
or CME 102 Ordinary Differential Equations for Engineers
MATH 131PPartial Differential Equations (or CME 204 or MATH 173 or MATH 220 or PHYSICS 111)3
PHYSICS 41Mechanics (or PHYSICS 61)4
PHYSICS 42Classical Mechanics Laboratory (or PHYSICS 62)1
PHYSICS 43Electricity and Magnetism (or PHYSICS 63)4
PHYSICS 67Introduction to Laboratory Physics 12
PHYSICS 45Light and Heat (or PHYSICS 65)4
PHYSICS 46Light and Heat Laboratory (or PHYSICS 67)1
PHYSICS 70Foundations of Modern Physics (if taking the 40 series)4
Technology in Society
One course required; course must be on the School of Engineering Approved List, Fig 4-3 in the UGHB, the year it is taken. See Basic Requirement 4.3-5
Engineering Fundamentals
Two courses minimum (CS 106A or B recommended) 26-10
Engineering Physics Depth (core)
Advanced Mathematics:
One advanced math elective such as3-5
The Fourier Transform and Its Applications
Mathematical Methods for Physics
Introduction to Probability for Computer Scientists
Introduction to Probability and Statistics for Engineers
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:3-4
AA 242AClassical Dynamics (or ME 333 or PHYSICS 110)3
Intermediate Electricity and Magnetism6-8
Select one of the following sequences:
Intermediate Electricity and Magnetism I
and Intermediate Electricity and Magnetism II
Engineering Electromagnetics
and Electromagnetic Waves
Numerical Methods
Select one of the following:3-4
Introduction to Scientific Computing
Introduction to Numerical Methods for Engineering
Computational Physics
Electronics Lab
Select one of the following:3-5
Circuits I
Circuits II
An Intro to Making: What is EE (or ENGR 40A+ENGR 40B; must take both [not offered 2019-20])
Electronics and Introduction to Experimental Methods (2020-21 only)
Intermediate Physics Laboratory I: Analog Electronics
Laboratory Electronics
Writing in the Major (WIM)
Select one of the following:4-5
Directed Research and Writing in Aero/Astro (for Aerospace specialty only)
Writing of Original Research for Engineers (for students pursuing an independent research project)
Ethics in Bioengineering (for Biophysics specialty only)
Computers, Ethics, and Public Policy (for Computational Science specialty or other specialty with prereqs)
Ethics, Public Policy, and Technological Change (for Computational Science specialty or other specialty with prereqs)
Introduction to Photonics (for Photonics specialty only. Not offered 2019-20)
Energy Materials Laboratory (for Materials Science and Renewable Energy specialties)
Electronic and Photonic Materials and Devices Laboratory (for Materials Science and Renewable Energy specialties)
Intermediate Physics Laboratory II: Experimental Techniques and Data Analysis (for Quantum Science & Engineering or other specialty)
Quantum Mechanics
Select one of the following sequences:6-8
Applied Quantum Mechanics I
and Applied Quantum Mechanics II
Quantum Mechanics I
and Quantum Mechanics II
Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics
Thermodynamics, Kinetic Theory, and Statistical Mechanics I
and Thermodynamics, Kinetic Theory, and Statistical Mechanics II
or ME 346A Introduction to Statistical Mechanics
Design Course
Select one of the following:3-4
Spacecraft Design
Object-Oriented Systems Design
Analog Communications Design Laboratory
Design and Manufacturing
Introduction to Mechatronics
Advanced Physics Laboratory: Project
Specialty Tracks
See Undergraduate Engineering Handbook for important details. Select three courses from one specialty area:9-12
Aerospace Physics:
Optimal and Learning-based Control
Rarefied and Ionized Gases
Introduction to Plasma Physics and Engineering
Introduction to the Space Environment
Space Mechanics
Dynamic Systems, Vibrations and Control
Introduction to Biophysics
Advanced Imaging Lab in Biophysics
Physical Biology
Fundamentals for Engineering Biology Lab
Systems Biology
Systems Physiology and Design
Bioengineering Systems Prototyping Lab
Biophysics of Multi-cellular Systems and Amorphous Computing
Representations and Algorithms for Computational Molecular Biology
Introduction to Bioimaging
Medical Imaging Systems I
Computational Science:
Advanced Software Development for Scientists and Engineers
Advanced Computational Fluid Dynamics
Advanced Computational Fluid Dynamics
Any CME course with course number greater than 300 and less than 390
Mathematical Foundations of Computing
Introduction to the Theory of Computation
Design and Analysis of Algorithms
Continuous Mathematical Methods with an Emphasis on Machine Learning
Artificial Intelligence: Principles and Techniques
Probabilistic Graphical Models: Principles and Techniques
Machine Learning
Data Mining and Analysis
Electromechanical System Design:
Mechanics of Materials
Mechanical Systems Design (formerly ME 112)
Introduction to Mechatronics
Introduction to Mechatronics
Materials Science:
Any MATSCI courses numbered 151 to 199 (except 159Q) or PHYSICS 172
Quantum Science & Engineering (See UGHB for further important details.)
Atoms, Fields and Photons
Probability and Quantum Mechanics
Quantum Hardware
Computational Complexity
Elements of Quantum Computer Programming
Photonics Laboratory
Semiconductor Optoelectronic Devices
Optical Micro- and Nano-Cavities
Experimental Methods in Quantum Physics
Advanced Topics in Quantum Mechanics
Quantum Gases
Graduate Quantum Mechanics I
Graduate Quantum Mechanics II
Information Theory
Renewable Energy:
100% Clean, Renewable Energy and Storage for Everything
Power Electronics
Green Electronics
Fundamentals of Energy Processes
Solar Cells, Fuel Cells, and Batteries: Materials for the Energy Solution
Solar Cells
Nanoscale Science, Engineering, and Technology
ME 260
Total Units93-119

For additional information and sample programs see the Handbook for Undergraduate Engineering Programs (UGHB).

Honors Program

The School of Engineering offers a program leading to a Bachelor of Science in Engineering: Engineering Physics with Honors.

Honors Criteria

  1. Minimum overall GPA of 3.5.
  2. Independent research conducted at an advanced level with a faculty research adviser and documented in an honors thesis. The honors candidate must identify a faculty member who will serve as his or her honors research adviser 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: The deadline to apply is November 1 in Autumn Quarter of the senior year. The application documents should be submitted to the Student Services Officer. Applications are reviewed by a subcommittee of the faculty advisers for Engineering Physics majors. Applicants and thesis advisers receive written notification when the application is approved. An application consists of three items:

  1. One-page description of the research topic
  2. The Honors Application form is available on Engineering Physics page of the Undergraduate handbook. It must be signed by honors thesis adviser.
  3. Unofficial Stanford transcript

Requirements and Timeline for Honors in Engineering Physics:

  1. Declare the honors program in Axess (ENGR-BSH, Subplan: Engineering Physics)
  2. Obtain application form from the student services officer.
  3. Apply to honors program by November 1 in the Autumn Quarter of the senior year.
  4. Maintain an overall GPA of at least 3.5.
  5. Optional: Under direction of the thesis adviser, students may enroll for research units in ENGR 199W Writing of Original Research for Engineers or in departmental courses such as  AA 190 Directed Research and Writing in Aero/Astro or ME 191H Honors Research.
  6. Submit a completed thesis draft to the research adviser and second reader by April 15.
  7. Present the thesis work in an oral presentation or poster session in an appropriate forum (e.g., an event that showcases undergraduate research and is organized by the department of the adviser, the school of the adviser, or the University).
  8. Incorporate feedback, which the adviser and second reader should provide by April 30, and obtain final endorsement signatures from the thesis adviser and second reader by May 15.
  9. Submit a pdf of the thesis, including the signature page signed by both readers, to the student services officer by May 15. Students are sent email instructions on how to archive a permanent electronic copy in Terman Engineering library.