Engineering Physics

Home Department: Physics

Department Head:

Daniel O. Ludwigsen, Ph.D.
Room 2-323A, 810-762-7488
physics@kettering.edu

Program Overview

Physics is the most fundamental science and underlies the understanding of nearly all areas of science, technology, and engineering.  Physics is concerned with the study of energy, space, time, matter, the interaction between material objects and the laws that govern these interactions at various scales from sub nano-scale to light-years scale.  Physicists study mechanics, sound, heat, light, electric and magnetic fields, gravitation, relativity, atomic and nuclear physics, solid state physics, wave-like properties of particles and particle-like properties of radiation.  Engineering physics is not a specific branch of physics but the application of all branches of physics to the broad realm of practical problems in scientific and industrial settings, engineering design and applications, applied science, and advanced industry.  Engineering Physics (EP) is the interface of physics with specific areas of advanced or emerging technology, which are not covered in depth under the traditional engineering education such as applications of optics, acoustics, and materials in fields such as nanotechnology, telecommunications, medical physics and devices, or advanced and electronic materials. The Engineering Physics degree is a flexible degree designed to interface physics with applied sciences and engineering disciplines.

The Bachelor of Science in Engineering Physics (EP) degree at Kettering University unifies the physics knowledge applications in optics, acoustics, and advanced materials with a comprehensive engineering component emphasizing the systems engineering approach to prepare graduates for engineering applications in emerging technology.  The well balanced curriculum in Engineering Physics provides a solid education combined with desirable skills that could lead to a career in industry and government sector as well as graduate studies in applied sciences and engineering.  

  • Engineering Physics (EP) students at Kettering take the same core physics courses as physics students at other universities. Furthermore, our Physics students are required to take a sequence of courses in optics, acoustics and materials.
  • Engineering Physics (EP) students at Kettering University will graduate from the most distinctive physics program in the nation.  The cooperative education and experiential learning model at Kettering University provides Engineering Physics students with a rich co-op experience complete with a senior thesis while they are undergraduates.
  • The Engineering Physics (EP) program includes a thorough background in mathematics, science, engineering fundamentals, social sciences, humanities, and communication coupled with an individually designed engineering concentration.
  • Engineering Physics (EP) students complete an individually designed concentration in engineering that includes an engineering capstone design augmenting a sequence of courses in an engineering program. Popular options include sequences such as energy systems engineering or  mechanical engineering.
  • The Engineering Physics program at Kettering University is an ABET accredited engineering physics program.

For more information about the Engineering Physics program, including pictures and descriptions of our laboratory facilities and minors, please visit our degree program website, or send an email to physics@kettering.edu.

Program Educational Objectives    

Engineering Physics graduates will:

  • Thrive in graduate studies, technical careers, or engineering practices using broad based scientific knowledge.   
  • Work effectively in diverse professional environments and multi-disciplinary projects.
  • Improve their workplaces and communities, and the society through professional and personal activities.

Dual Options

One of the advantages of being an Engineering Physics major is that because physics leads to or has overlaps with nearly every science and engineering discipline, it is makes it very easy to pursue a dual option.  Pursuing a dual option will create greater flexibility in terms of future career or graduate studies.  When thinking about a dual option as an Engineering Physics major please be aware that Kettering University offers two distinct dual options as described below.

Double Major:  Students may earn a double major as part of a single bachelor’s degree by completing all course requirements for the two majors.  If capstone courses are required in both majors, both must be completed.  Only one thesis is required. To pursue a double major, obtain approval from departments for both majors. Both majors will be shown on one diploma and on the transcript.

Two Degrees:  Students may earn two undergraduate degrees simultaneously by completing all course requirements for any two majors that in combination require at least 28 credits beyond 161 credits. If capstone courses are required in both majors, both must be completed. Only one thesis is required. To pursue two degrees, obtain approval from departments for both degrees. Two diplomas will be awarded and both degrees will be shown on the transcript.

For further information please contact the Physics Department Head at physics@kettering.edu

Physics Program Concentrations

Applied and Engineering Physics students who wish to obtain a concentration in acoustics, applied optics, medical physics, or materials science, and have it so designated on their transcript should contact one of the following Professors: Ludwigsen (Acoustics), Tackett (Materials), Kumon (Medical) or Rablau (Optics).  The basic criteria is that to obtain a concentration students must successfully complete four courses (16 credits) the same as those listed under minor programs (16 credits). 

Track of Studies and International Programs

Engineering Physics students may utilize the flexibility built in the physics curriculum to use their elective courses toward a collection of courses in a specific area of engineering or a cohesive collection of science and mathematics courses.  This in particular could be useful in designing a track of study that may facilitate student participation in an existing study abroad program.  This flexibility in the Physics curriculum may also be useful in better planning and preparing for future graduate studies and career.  For further information about this please contact the Physics Department Head at physics@kettering.edu.

Engineering Physics Program Curriculum Requirements

First Year Experience
FYE-101First Year Foundations1
Credit Hours Subtotal: 1
General Education
COMM-101Written & Oral Communication I4
COMM-301Written & Oral Communication II4
ECON-201Economic Principles4
HUMN-201Introduction to Humanities4
LS-489Senior Seminar: Leadership, Ethics, and Contemporary Issues4
SSCI-201Introduction to the Social Sciences4
Advanced Humanities Elective4
Advanced Social Science Elective4
Credit Hours Subtotal: 32
Engineering
EP-235Computers in Physics4
EP-485Acoustic Testing and Modeling4
EE-240Electromagnetic Fields and Applications4
IME-100Interdisciplinary Design and Manufacturing4
MECH-210Statics4
MECH-212Mechanics of Materials4
Select one of the following:4
Circuits I
and Circuits I Lab
Applied Electrical Circuits
and Signals for Mechanical Systems Lab
Select one of the following:4
Engineering Materials
Materials Science and Nanotechnology
Engineering Elective Sequence 120
Credit Hours Subtotal: 52
Chemistry
Select one of the following:4
General Chemistry I
and Principles of Chemistry Lab
Principles of Chemistry
and Principles of Chemistry Lab
Credit Hours Subtotal: 4
Mathematics
MATH-101Calculus I4
or MATH-101X Calculus I
Select one of the following:4
Calculus II
Calculus II
Calculus II - Honors
MATH-203Multivariate Calculus4
or MATH-203H Multivariate Calculus - Honors
MATH-204Differential Equations & Laplace Transforms4
or MATH-204H Differential Equations and Laplace Transforms - Honors
MATH-305Numerical Methods and Matrices4
MATH-327Mathematical Statistics I4
Credit Hours Subtotal: 24
Physics
PHYS-114
PHYS-115
Newtonian Mechanics
and Newtonian Mechanics Laboratory
4
PHYS-224
PHYS-225
Electricity and Magnetism
and Electricity and Magnetism Laboratory
4
PHYS-302Vibration, Sound and Light4
PHYS-362Modern Physics and Lab4
PHYS-412Theoretical Mechanics4
PHYS-452Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics4
PHYS-462Quantum Mechanics4
PHYS-477Optics and Lab4
Advanced Physics ElectiveAny PHYS or EP course that is not a core physics requirement listed above4
Credit Hours Subtotal: 36
Electives
Free Electives8
Credit Hours Subtotal: 8
Culminating Undergraduate Experience
Culminating Undergraduate Experience Introductory Course (No credit, Pass/Fail)
Select one of the following:4
Co-op Thesis
Intra/Entre/Social E-ship Thesis
Professional Practice Thesis
Research Thesis
Credit Hours Subtotal: 4
Total Credit Hours161

(Minimum) Total Credits Required for Program: 161

1

Engineering Electives are any 300 or 400 level Engineering or Applied Sciences courses approved by the academic advisor to form a sequence of courses in a specific Engineering or technical field of study (in some cases, this may also include one or more courses in Science, Math, or Business necessary to complete an engineering sequence, such as fuel cell sequence). Engineering sequence courses will be designed based on individual student interests and their future career or graduate studies plans and in some cases may satisfy a minor program requirements.

Representative Program

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman ICredit Hours
FYE-101 First Year Foundations 1
CHEM-137
General Chemistry I
or Principles of Chemistry
3
CHEM-136 Principles of Chemistry Lab 1
COMM-101 Written & Oral Communication I 4
IME-100 Interdisciplinary Design and Manufacturing 4
MATH-101 Calculus I 4
 Credit Hours17
Freshman II
ECON-201 Economic Principles 4
MATH-102 Calculus II 4
MECH-210 Statics 4
PHYS-114 Newtonian Mechanics 3
PHYS-115 Newtonian Mechanics Laboratory 1
 Credit Hours16
Sophomore I
MATH-203 Multivariate Calculus 4
MECH-212 Mechanics of Materials 4
PHYS-224 Electricity and Magnetism 3
PHYS-225 Electricity and Magnetism Laboratory 1
HUMN-201
Introduction to Humanities
or Introduction to the Social Sciences
4
 Credit Hours16
Sophomore II
EP-235 Computers in Physics 4
MATH-204 Differential Equations & Laplace Transforms 4
PHYS-362 Modern Physics and Lab 4
HUMN-201
Introduction to Humanities
or Introduction to the Social Sciences
4
 Credit Hours16
Junior I
COMM-301 Written & Oral Communication II 4
Select one of the following: 4
Circuits I
and Circuits I Lab
 
Applied Electrical Circuits
and Signals for Mechanical Systems Lab
 
PHYS-302 Vibration, Sound and Light 4
Engineering Elective Sequence 1 4
 Credit Hours16
Junior II
EE-240 Electromagnetic Fields and Applications 4
IME-301
Engineering Materials
or Materials Science and Nanotechnology
4
PHYS-412 Theoretical Mechanics 4
MATH-327 Mathematical Statistics I 4
Engineering Elective Sequence 1 4
 Credit Hours20
Senior I
MATH-305 Numerical Methods and Matrices 4
PHYS-462 Quantum Mechanics 4
PHYS-477 Optics and Lab 4
Advanced Humanities or Advanced Social Science Elective 4
Engineering Elective Sequence 1 4
 Credit Hours20
Senior II
EP-485 Acoustic Testing and Modeling 4
Advanced Physics Elective 2 4
Advanced Humanities or Advanced Social Science Elective 4
Engineering Elective Sequence 1 4
Free Elective 4
 Credit Hours20
Senior III
LS-489 Senior Seminar: Leadership, Ethics, and Contemporary Issues 4
PHYS-452 Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics 4
Engineering Capstone Design Course 1 4
Free Elective 4
 Credit Hours16
Any Term
CUE -495C/E/P/R Culminating Undergraduate Experience 4
 Credit Hours4
 Total Credit Hours161

(Minimum) Total Credits Required for Program: 161

1

Engineering Electives are any 300 or 400 level Engineering or Applied Sciences courses approved by the academic advisor to form a sequence of courses in a specific Engineering or technical field of study (in some cases, this may also include one or more courses in Science, Math, or Business necessary to complete an engineering sequence, such as fuel cell sequence). Engineering sequence courses will be designed based on individual student interests and their future career or graduate studies plans and in some cases may satisfy a minor program requirements.

2

Advanced Physics Electives includes any PHYS or EP course, which is not a core physics requirement as listed above.