Tulane University to Add Engineering Physics Major

April 2, 2007

Michael Strecker
Phone: (504) 865-5210

Tulane University will offer a new bachelor of science degree program in engineering physics beginning in fall 2007. The four-year program will be available to freshmen enrolling in fall 2007 and to sophomores who have taken the appropriate freshmen courses and would like to declare engineering physics as their major.

The program, housed in Tulane's School of Science and Engineering, will be one of three undergraduate degree programs in engineering available at Tulane, joining existing programs in biomedical engineering and chemical engineering.

"This program will provide students with a broad science and mathematics background equal to that of Tulane's traditional physics major, combined with a strong grounding in engineering design and the application of physics principles to practical engineering problems," said Nicholas Altiero, dean of Tulane's School of Science and Engineering.

The program will have a strong emphasis on modern physics and its application to 21st century technology. Through course work in quantum electronics, nanofabrication, quantum signal processing and quantum computing, graduates of the program will be well-equipped to pursue careers in fields such as computer development, nanotechnology (the engineering of machines and other technology on a molecular scale) and the development of security encryption systems that guard against identity theft.

Graduates will have substantial experience with laboratory methods, data analysis and computation. Engineering physics majors could also pursue graduate studies in engineering, science, law, management or medicine. The new engineering physics major has been designed to meet all the criteria of the Engineering Accreditation Commission.

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