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Engineering Physics (B.S.)

Website: School of Theoretical and Applied Science



About the Major

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.

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.

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.

Outcomes for the Major

Goal 1: Develop qualitative skills. 

Outcome 1: Develop an integrated conceptual understanding of engineering physics concepts and demonstrate knowledge of the topics taught: Mechanics: § The Newton’s Laws § Two-dimensional and rotational motion § Energy (concepts of work and power) § States of matter – Thermodynamics § Energy in thermal processes § The laws of Thermodynamics – Waves § Frequency, amplitude and wavelength § Oscillations and motion of a pendulum § Sound – Electricity and Magnetism § Insulators and conductors § Electric fields and potentials § Current and resistance § Induced voltages and inductance § Direct and alternating current circuits § Magnets and electromagnetic waves – Light and optics § Dual nature of light § Reflection, refraction and diffraction of light § Transmission of light in optical fibers § Light sources, photodetectors and other opto-electronic devices § Theory of semiconductor devices – Advanced Physics § Relativity § Black body radiation § The photoelectric effect § Uncertainty principle § Radioactivity § Nuclear fusion and fission – Electronics § LRC Circuits § Transistors § Op amps Logic gates 

Goal 2: Develop analytical / solving problem skills 

Outcome 1: Develop analytical skills by demonstrating the ability of applying the acquired knowledge of the material to solve problems. 

Goal 3: Develop interdisciplinary skills 

Outcome 1: Apply acquired mathematical skills to solve engineering physics problems. Demonstrate proficiency in applying theoretical physics concepts to practical engineering applications. 

Goal 4: Develop experiential laboratory / research skills 

Outcome 1: Develop hands-on laboratory skills, including methods, data collection, error analysis, graphing and statistical methods. (Information Literacy) 

Goal 5: Develop communication skills 

Outcome 1: Write precise and concise scientific reports related to laboratory or research assignments. Display proficiency in providing an oral presentation of an engineering physics related field. 

Goal 6: Develop cultural integration of scientific disciplines 

Outcome 1: Learn about History and current developments in the fields of Engineering Physics. Develop an adequate understanding of scientific progress, the evolution of technology and the role of science and technology in modern society.

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 do not apply to Major Requirements.
  2. Double counting between General Education and Major may be possible.  Check with your advisor to see if any apply.
  3. Writing Intensive Requirement (five courses):  two writing intensive courses in the general education curriculum are required:Critical Reading and Writing and Studies in the Arts and Humanities the other three courses are taken in the major.
  4. Not all courses are offered each semester.  Please check the current Schedule of Classes for semester course offerings.

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

Requirements of the Minor
  1. At least 1/2 of the courses fulfilling a minor must be distinct from the student’s major. That is, three of the five courses (lecture and lab co-requisites count as one course) required for a minor cannot be used towards fulfillment of major requirements. A school core does not need to be completed for a minor. Minors are open to students regardless of school affiliation.