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TAS: Engineering Physics (B.S.)


Convener: Faculty:
Philip Anderson Daniela Buna
Caroline Brisson


About the Major

Physics is known as the most fundamental of all sciences: it encompasses both the life sciences and the physical sciences. Physics is to the present what natural philosophy is to the past: it is at the root of every field of science. Engineering is the application of science in the design, construction, analysis of machines, processes or works for practical purposes. Engineering Physics is meant to provide a more thorough grounding in applied physics and it offers an unlimited scope of study and career opportunities in such areas as electronics, atomic, nuclear, and sub-nuclear physics, solid-state and low-temperature physics, optics, acoustics, relativity, quantum electronics, astrophysics, biophysics, and chemical physics, as well as a whole range of applied technology fields.

The Engineering Physics major at Ramapo College is designed for students who like physics, have strong aptitude in it, and are interested and excited by the applied or engineering aspects of it. The Engineering Physics major is designed to offer students a broad theoretical and practical background providing a pivotal point for its graduates either to enter graduate school for further study and research or to pursue a professional career in private industry, government, or teaching.

Advanced course offerings provide experience in electronics; mechanics, thermodynamics, electromagnetic theory and optics; relativity, atomic, and quantum theory; nuclear, sub-nuclear, and solid state physics; and computer science.

The faculty encourages and supports independent undergraduate research projects in computer studies, electronics, alternate energy sources and technologies, and optics. Facilities include well-equipped laboratories in electronics, advanced physics, computer science, instrumentation, optics, and a machine shop.

Majors in Engineering Physics are encouraged to take more than the minimum Requirements of the Major and to consider additional courses in microprocessors, computer modeling, energy system design, and mathematics, depending on their particular interests. There are also opportunities through cooperative education for students to gain credit and work experience in local industrial and research laboratories.

The major is offered by the School of Theoretical and Applied Science and leads to a B.S. degree.

Requirements of the Major

  1. Transfer students who have 48 or more credits accepted at the time of transfer are waived from the courses marked with a [W] below.  Waivers only apply to General Education Requirements NOT School Core or Major Requirements.

  2. Double counting between General Education, School Core, and Major may be possible.  Check with your advisor to see if any apply.
Subject & Course # Title & Course Description
GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
INTD 101 [W] FIRST YEAR SEMINAR
ENGL 180 COLLEGE ENGLISH
SELECT ONE  
BADM 115 [W] PERSPECTIVES OF BUSINESS AND SOCIETY OR
SOSC 101 [W] SOCIAL ISSUES
SELECT ONE [W] GE-HISTORY CATEGORY: HIST 101-110
AIID 201 [W] READINGS IN HUMANITIES
SELECT ONE GE-INTERCULTURAL NORTH AMERICA CATEGORY
SELECT ONE GE-INTERNATIONAL ISSUES CATEGORY
SELECT ONE [W] GE-TOPICS ARTS AND HUMANITIES CATEGORY OR
  [W] GE-TOPICS SOCIAL SCIENCE CATEGORY
SCHOOL OF THEORETICAL AND APPLIED SCIENCE REQUIREMENT
SELECT ONE Science In Cultural Perspective course:
AMER 307 TECHNOLOGY AND CULTURE IN AMERICA
ANTH 307 MEDICAL ANTHROPOLOGY
CNTP 315 ART AND TECHNOLOGY
ENST 215 ENVIRONMENTAL HISTORY
ENST 223 ENERGY AND SOCIETY
ENST 305 ECOLOGY, ECONOMICS AND ETHICS
ENST 312 ECOLOGICAL ANTHROPOLOGY
ENST 317 ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY AND REGULATION
HIST 396 HISTORY OF SCIENTIFIC IDEAS
INFO 315 COMPUTER LAW AND ETHICS
MATH 441 HISTORY OF MATH
MGMT 324 INVENTION FOR MANAGERS AND SCIENTISTS
PHIL 328 BIO-ETHICS
POLI 328 LAW AND POLITICS INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENT
PSYC 306 ETHICAL AND LEGAL ISSUES
PSYC 413 PHILOSOPHICAL ROOTS OF PSYCH
PSYC 423 HISTORY AND SYSTEMS OF PSYCHOLOGY
SCIN 210 SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY AND SOCIETY
SCIN 230 COMPUTERS AND SOCIETY
SCIN 235 HISTORICAL TRENDS IN NURSING
SCIN 343 SCIENCE AND RELIGION
SCIN 405 FEMINIST SCIENCE FICTION
SCIN 425 SCIENCE AND LITERATURE
SCIN 434 WOMEN AND SCIENCE
SCIN 481 SCIENCE LAW AND FEMINISM
SCIN 489 SCIENCE AND LAW
SOCI 306 ENVIRONMENTAL SOCIOLOGY
SOCI 330 SCIENCE IN A MULTICULTURAL WORLD
ENGINEERING PHYSICS MAJOR REQUIREMENTS
PHYS 114 PHYSICS I WITH CALCULUS LECTURE/LAB
PHYS 115 PHYSICS II WITH CALCULUS LECTURE/LAB
PHYS 210 MODERN PHYSICS LECTURE/LAB
MATH 121 CALCULUS I
MATH 122 CALCULUS II
MATH 223 CALCULUS III
MATH 224 CALCULUS IV
MATH 305 DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS
PHYS 240 ELECTRONICS FOR SCIENTISTS I
PHYS 241 ELECTRONICS FOR SCIENTISTS II
PHYS 322 ADVANCED MECHANICS
PHYS 323 ELECTRODYNAMICS I
PHYS 324 ELECTRODYNAMICS II
PHYS 330 SEMICONDUCTORS AND OPTOELECTRONIC DEVICES
PHYS 422 CONDENSED MATTER AND NUCLEAR PHYSICS
PHYS 423 QUANTUM MECHANICS I
PHYS 424 QUANTUM MECHANICS II OR
PHYS 432 PHOTONICS
ENSC 331 COMPUTER MODELING:ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE LECTURE/LAB OR
CMPS 147 COMPUTER SCIENCE I
PHYS 425 ADVANCED TOPICS

Note: A 2.0 GPA in the major is required for graduation.

Requirements of the Minor


Subject & Course # Title & Course Description

Required Courses:

PHYS 114 PHYSICS I WITH CALCULUS LECTURE/LAB
PHYS 115 PHYSICS II WITH CALCULUS LECTURE/LAB
PHYS 210 MODERN PHYSICS LECTURE/LAB

Select TWO of the following:

PHYS 240 ELECTRONICS FOR SCIENTISTS I
PHYS 322 ADVANCED MECHANICS
PHYS 323 ELECTRODYNAMICS I

Note: A school core is NOT required for completion of the minor. Minors are open to students regardless of school affiliation.

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