BS in Engineering Physics

Degree Requirements

To earn a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Physics degree from UIC, students need to complete University and college degree requirements. The course requirements for this program are outlined below. Students should consult the College of Engineering section for additional degree requirements and college academic policies. See the ECE Department website for revisions to the Engineering Physics curriculum

Summary of Requirements
Nonengineering and General Education Requirements72
Required in the College of Engineering 34
Advanced Electromagnetics Requirement6-8
Mathematics Elective3
Technical Electives9
Electives outside Major Rubric2-4
Total Hours128

Nonengineering and General Education Requirements

Required Courses
ENGL 160Academic Writing I: Writing in Academic and Public Contexts3
ENGL 161Academic Writing II: Writing for Inquiry and Research3
Exploring World Cultures course a3
Understanding the Creative Arts course a3
Understanding the Past course a3
Understanding the Individual and Society course a3
Understanding U.S. Society course a3
MATH 180Calculus I b4
MATH 181Calculus II b4
MATH 210Calculus III b3
MATH 220Introduction to Differential Equations3
PHYS 141General Physics I (Mechanics) b4
PHYS 142General Physics II (Electricity and Magnetism) b4
PHYS 215Computational and Mathematical Methods for the Physical Sciences4
PHYS 240Fundamentals of Modern Quantum Theory3
PHYS 245Introduction to Vibrations, Waves, and Thermal Physics4
PHYS 411Quantum Mechanics I4
PHYS 441Theoretical Mechanics4
PHYS 481Modern Experimental Physics I4
PHYS 499Survey of Physics Problems1
CHEM 122General Chemistry I Lecture c4
CHEM 123General Chemistry Laboratory I b,c1
Total Hours72

Students should consult the General Education section of the catalog for a list of approved courses in this category.


This course is approved for the Analyzing the Natural World General Education category.


General Education credit is given for successful completion of both CHEM 122 and CHEM 123.

Required in the College of Engineering

Required Courses
ENGR 100Engineering Orientation a1
CME 260Properties of Materials3
CHE 201Introduction To Thermodynamics3
or ME 205 Introduction to Thermodynamics
CS 109C/C ++ Programming for Engineers with MatLab3
ECE 115Introduction to Electrical and Computer Engineering4
ECE 225Circuit Analysis b4
ECE 310Discrete and Continuous Signals and Systems3
ECE 346Solid State Device Theory4
ECE 440Nanoelectronics3
BIOE/PHYS 450Molecular Biophysics of the Cell4
ME 212Fundamentals of Fluid Mechanics3
Total Hours34

ENGR 100 is a one-semester-hour course, but the hour does not count toward the total hours required for graduation.

Advanced Electromagnetics Requirement

Required Courses
Select one of the following two-course sequences:6-8
Communication Electromagnetics
and Quasi-Static Electric and Magnetic Fields
Electromagnetism I
and Electromagnetism II
Total Hours6-8

Mathematics Elective

Select one of the following:3
Applied Linear Algebra
Complex Analysis with Applications
Applied Differential Equations
Applied Partial Differential Equations
Total Hours3

Technical Electives

Select 9 semester hours from a list of technical electives available from the advisor. These courses should be selected in consultation with the advisor and should be chosen from approved sequences in the following areas:9
Civil and Materials Engineering
Chemical Engineering Design
Chemical Engineering, Multiphase Transport Phenomena
Chemical Engineering, Chemical Processes
Computer Science
Electrical and Computer Engineering, Circuits and VLSI
Electrical and Computer Engineering, Communications and Signal and Processing
Electrical and Computer Engineering, Solid State, MEMS, and Nanotechnology
Electromagnetics and Optics
Mechanical Engineering, Thermal/Fluid Science
Mechanical Engineering, Mechanical Systems
Modern Physics
Total Hours9

Electives Outside Major Rubric

Electives outside the PHYS and ECE Rubrics2-4
Total Hours2-4

Sample Course Schedule

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman Year
First SemesterHours
MATH 180 Calculus I 4
CHEM 122 General Chemistry I Lecture 4
CHEM 123 General Chemistry Laboratory I 1
ENGL 160 Academic Writing I: Writing in Academic and Public Contexts 3
General Education Core course 3
ENGR 100 Engineering Orientation a 1
Second Semester
ECE 115 Introduction to Electrical and Computer Engineering 4
MATH 181 Calculus II 4
PHYS 141 General Physics I (Mechanics) 4
ENGL 161 Academic Writing II: Writing for Inquiry and Research 3
Sophomore Year
First Semester
MATH 210 Calculus III 3
PHYS 142 General Physics II (Electricity and Magnetism) 4
CME 260 Properties of Materials 3
CS 109 C/C ++ Programming for Engineers with MatLab 3
General Education Core course 3
Second Semester
MATH 220 Introduction to Differential Equations 3
PHYS 215 Computational and Mathematical Methods for the Physical Sciences 4
PHYS 240 Fundamentals of Modern Quantum Theory 3
PHYS 245 Introduction to Vibrations, Waves, and Thermal Physics 4
General Education Core course 3
Junior Year
First Semester
ECE 225 Circuit Analysis 4
ECE 346 Solid State Device Theory 4
ME 212 Fundamentals of Fluid Mechanics 3
CHE 201
Introduction To Thermodynamics
or Introduction to Thermodynamics
Mathematics Elective 3
Second Semester
ECE 310 Discrete and Continuous Signals and Systems 3
BIOE 450
Molecular Biophysics of the Cell
or Molecular Biophysics of the Cell
PHYS 441 Theoretical Mechanics 4
PHYS 481 Modern Experimental Physics I 4
PHYS 499 Survey of Physics Problems 1
Senior Year
First Semester
PHYS 411 Quantum Mechanics I 4
Advanced Electromagnetics Requirement I 3-4
Technical Elective 3
General Education Core course 3
General Education Core course 3
Second Semester
ECE 440 Nanoelectronics 3
Advanced Electromagnetics Requirement II 3-4
Technical Elective 3
Technical Elective 3
Elective outside ECE and PHYS 2-4
 Total Hours128

ENGR 100 is one-semester-hour course, but does not count toward the total hours required for graduation.