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Engineering Physics

  1. Aug 19, 2008 #1
    So recently I've been thinking about switching from aero/mech engineering over to engineering physics because I enjoy physics more so than a typical engineering degree allows for course wise. However I'm also interested in engineering so I think it would be a good combo.

    But my main question concerns grad school. Another reason I'd like to do engineering physics is because from what I've heard it's possible to go to grad school for either engineering or physics which is really appealing to me, because right now I'm sort of undecided which one I like more so in that sense engineering physics seems to have more flexibility.

    Just wondering what others thoughts/experiences were...
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  3. Aug 19, 2008 #2
    I'm an engineering physics major. The ease at which you can transition into a grad program depends heavily on your curriculum and electives. For instance, mine is not heavy on physics, but their are quite a few engineering grad programs I could enter.
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  5. Aug 19, 2008 #4
    Wow that is a rich programme. So many options.

    If a such a programme would exist here, i would go for it!
  6. Aug 19, 2008 #5
    What exactly do you mean by an aerospace concentration?

    The list of courses seem's good. But many are not very relevant to the field of aerospace. There not bad, but you'd be better off taking classes in vibrations, materials, aerodynamics and such.

    I think the following are not really aero-topics:
    PHYS 332 Introduction to Quantum Mechanics II
    PHYS 327 Quantum Electronics
    EEAP 321 Physical and Solid State Electronics
    EEAP 420 Solid State Electronics I
    EMSE 314 Electrical, Magnetic, and Optical Properties of Materials
    EMSE 405 Dielectric, Optical, and Magnetic Properties of Materials

    The two in bold might be good though.

    PHYS 313 Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics

    If you go into gas dynamics or heat transfer this will be good.

    PHYS 324 Electricity and Magnetism I
    PHYS 325 Electricity and Magnetism II


    PHYS 331 Introduction to Quantum Mechanics I

    Probably not.

    If you take this:

    Aerospace Engineering
    EMAE 325 Fluid and Thermal Engineering
    EMAE 359 Aero/Gas Dynamics
    EMAE 381 Flight Dynamics I
    EMAE 382 Flight Dynamics II

    You will be ok. You should be pretty flexible with that degree though.
  7. Aug 19, 2008 #6


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    If one does Engineering Physics, and also the Aerospace courses,

    Aerospace Engineering
    EMAE 325 Fluid and Thermal Engineering
    EMAE 359 Aero/Gas Dynamics
    EMAE 381 Flight Dynamics I
    EMAE 382 Flight Dynamics II

    Then one should be reasonably prepared for graduate school in Aerospace Engineering.

    If one is interested in propulsion or structures, then I'd recommend some basic Mat Sci courses, e.g.

    Materials Science and Engineering
    EMSE 201 Introduction to Materials Science
    EMSE 202 Phase Diagrams and Phase Transitions

    However if one is interested in control systems, then one should look at EECS courses, e.g.

    Control Systems and Automation
    EECS 212 Systems and Control
    EECS 214 Systems and Control Laboratory (1hr)
    EECS 313 Signal Processing
    EECS 304 Control Engineering I
    EECS 305 Control Engineering Laboratory (1hr)
  8. Aug 19, 2008 #7
    Well the major requires you take 12 credit hours in a particular field of engineering to be approved by an adviser. The example listed for aerospace was:

    EMAE 325 Fluid and Thermal Engineering
    EMAE 359 Aero/Gas Dynamics
    EMAE 381 Flight Dynamics I
    EMAE 382 Flight Dynamics II


    Yeah it does seem like the degree is aimed towards electrical specialties, but still fairly flexible.

    Thanks for the advise guys, I appreciate it!
  9. Aug 19, 2008 #8
    If you take those four aero classes, I really see no reason why you can't do fine in any aero graduate school. (My undergrad background was in Mechanical, so I was somewhat in the same boat as you).
  10. Aug 20, 2008 #9
    How about work in combustion? What sort of classes would I need for that? Could a chemical engineer work in the aerospace industry designing rocket fuels or propulsion systems?
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