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Engineering Physics Major

Engineering Physics Major ProgramThis interdisciplinary program provides students with a broad science and mathematics background similar 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. The curriculum is characterized by a strong emphasis on modern physics and its application to 21st century technology, including new materials, quantum electronics, nanofabrication, and devices.

Our students will be well equipped to pursue research and development careers in new and emerging technologies that cut across traditional engineering and science disciplines, to pursue graduate studies in science or engineering, or to enter professional fields including law, management, and medicine. Graduates will have substantial experience with laboratory methods, data analysis, and computation.

A centerpiece of the curriculum is the design sequence, consisting of a two-semester Introduction to Design sequence, a summer industry internship, and a two-semester capstone Team Design Project. As an intrinsic part of the curriculum, students develop strong oral and written communication skills, multidisciplinary teamwork skills, experience in public service, and knowledge about the high ethical standards of the engineering profession.

The program builds on cross-cutting areas of research strength in the School of Science and Engineering, including: novel 21st century materials; materials for energy; bio-molecular materials; macromolecules; “quantum mechanics to devices”; surfaces, interfaces, and nanostructures; and computation.

The Engineering Physics Major curriculum consists consists of the following requirements (94 credits total plus Tulane core requirements):


  • Tulane University’s core requirements for graduation (note that Engineering Physics majors must complete six cultural knowledge electives, but are exempt from the language requirement)
  • Mathematics: Four courses including MATH 2210 (Calculus III) and MATH 2240/4240 (Introduction to Applied Mathematics or Ordinary Differential Equations), to be completed during the first two years of study (13 credits minimum)
  • Basic Science: PHYS 1310, 1320 (General Physics I and II with lab) and CHEM 1070, 1075, 1080, 1085 (General Chemistry I and II with lab) taken in the first year of study, followed by PHYS 2350, 2360 (Modern Physics I and II) in the second year (22 credits)
  • Introduction to Design I and II: ENGP 2310-2020, typically taken in the second year of study (7 credits)
  • General Engineering Courses: ENGP 2010 (Electric Circuits), CENG 2120 (Thermodynamics I), ENGP 1410 (Statics), and ENGP 2430 (Mechanics of Materials) (12 credits)
  • Materials Science and Engineering: ENGP 3120 (3 credits)
  • Advanced Laboratory: ENGP 3530 (3 credits)
  • Nanoscience and Technology: ENGP 3600 (3 credits)
  • Computation: ENGP 3170 or PHYS 6170 (Computational Physics and Engineering) or CENG 3230 (Numerical Methods for Chemical Engineers) (3 credits) [Note: students may instead take MATH 3310 + one additional 3-credit engineering elective]
  • Colloquium: PHYS 3800 (1 credit)
  • Contemporary Topics: One course chosen from among PHYS 3150 or PHYS 6150, PHYS 3210 or PHYS 6210, PHYS 3230 or PHYS 6230, PHYS 3450 or 6450, PHYS 3700 or PHYS 6700, or PHYS 4470 (3 credits)
  • Classical Topics: One course chosen from among PHYS 3630, PHYS 3740, PHYS 4230, or PHYS 4650 (3 credits)
  • Engineering Electives: Three courses chosen from among ENGP 2420, ENGP 3910, ENGP 3911, CENG 2110, CENG 2320, CENG 2500, BMEN 2730, BMEN 3300, BMEN 3400, BMEN 3440, and BMEN 3780 (9 credits) [Note: students who started at Tulane before Fall 2010 are required to complete a minimum of two engineering electives (6 credits)]
  • Summer Internship, normally done in the summer following the third year of study, preceded by ENGP 3410 in the spring and followed by ENGP 3421 in the fall (6 credits)
  • Team Design Project and Professional Practice I and II: ENGP 4310-4320 (6 credits), taken in the fourth year of study

Please Note: Many intermediate and advanced courses in the program have prerequisites listed under the Basic Science and Mathematics categories; several of the allowed electives may have additional prerequisites. Many of the required and elective courses may not be offered every year. Students must work closely with the departmental undergraduate advisor (Prof. Lev Kaplan) to develop an individualized schedule of courses that fits their needs and interests, while satisfying all of the above requirements along with the university’s core requirements for graduation.

School of Science and Engineering, 201 Lindy Boggs Center, New Orleans, LA 70118 504-865-5764 sse@tulane.edu