The Department of Physics and Optical Engineering has provided both science and engineering foundation at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology through its physics and optics engineering programs. Physics is the foundation subject to all engineering and through the study in engineering physics we aim at blending a strong physics component with relevant engineering backgrounds that are usually necessary to work in areas such as semiconductor, optical technologies, biomedical applications, mechanical, electrical, and civil engineering, and polymer and biochemistry. The students will get their traditional undergraduate engineering education that has a broad foundation in mathematics, engineering sciences and technology. This program emphasizes problem solving skills and an understanding of engineering design to address the needs and challenges of the technology age and allow students to take a broad range of engineering careers.

Engineering Physics at Rose-Hulman will provide students with a unique opportunity to learn the foundation concepts of physics and make a concentrated study in micro and nano technology. Engineering physicist will be able to apply both scientific and engineering approaches to a wide variety of problems which otherwise is not possible with any traditional engineering or science degree. Rose-Hulman’s engineering physics graduates will be trained to take up challenging jobs in engineering and development of new technologies or to pursue further studies in engineering or physics.

Mission: To provide a coherent foundation of physics for all majors and a strong foundation of physics, engineering physics and optical engineering for our majors so that all students can acquire education appropriate to their majors. The engineering disciplines of optical engineering and engineering physics enable students to practice in their dynamic and progressive engineering professional careers with responsibility to society.

Vision: To cultivate in the students responsibility, independence, and knowledge that allows them to be fully engaged in all disciplines, to continuously improve the curriculum, and to be engaged in professional development.

EP Program Educational Objectives

  • Our graduates will set their career path and advance beyond their entry-level position or progress toward the completion of an advanced degree.
  • Our graduates will contribute to society locally, nationally or globally 
  • Our graduates will collaborate within their organization; and be active in research and development in a relevant area of science and technology.
  • Our graduates will continue to develop professionally. 


EP Student Learning Outcomes

Outcome A: Knowledge of the Fundamentals: An understanding of the fundamentals of science and engineering.
Outcome B1: Interpreting Data: Ability to interpret graphical, numerical, and textual data.
Outcome B2: System Level Modeling: Ability to model components and system level engineering problems.
Outcome B3: Experimentation: Ability to design and conduct experiments to understand the relationships between variables in a problem which may or may not have been mathematically modeled before.
Outcome C: Design: Ability to design a product or process to satisfy client's needs subject to constraints.
Outcome D: Team work and Deliverables: Ability to work in teams and understand the effective team dynamics and be able to deliver a product.
Outcome E: Problem Solving: Ability to apply relevant scientific and engineering principles to solve real world engineering problems.
Outcome F: Professional Practice and Ethics: Sound understanding of what a Materials professional is, and an awareness and understanding of professional ethics.
Outcome G: Communication: Ability to communicate effectively in oral, written and visual forms.
Outcome H: Contemporary issues, non-technical issues, global awareness: An awareness of contemporary and non-technical issues in engineering profession and the role of professionals in an interdependent global society.
Outcome I: Life Long Learning: A facility for independent learning and continued professional development.

ENGINEERING PHYSICS (Micro-Nano)

Freshman Year    
Fall Term   Credit
PH 111 Physics I 4
MA 111 Calculus I 5
CLSK 100 College & Life Skills 1
RH 131 Rhetoric and Composition 4
EM 104 Graphical Communications 2
  Total 16
Winter Term   Credit
PH 112 Physics II 4
MA 112 Calculus II 5
CHEM 111 General Chemistry I 4
CSSE 120

ME 123
Introduction to
Software Development
or
Computer Applications I
4
  Total 17
Spring Term   Credit
PH 113 Physics III 4
MA 113 Calculus III 5
CHEM 113 General Chemistry II 4
OE 172 Optics in Technology* 2
EM 103 Introduction to Design** 2
  Total 17*
Sophomore Year    
Fall Term   Credit
ES 201 Conservation and 
Accounting Principles
4
PH 235 Many Particle Physics 4
MA 211 Differential Equations 4
PH 292 Physical Optics 4
  Total 16
Winter Term   Credit
EP 280 Intro to Nano Engineering 4
PH 255 Foundations of 
Modern Physics
4
MA 212 Matrix Algebra and Systems
of Differential Equations
4
ES 202 Fluid & Thermal Systems 3
  Total 15
Spring Term   Credit
HSS Elective 4
OE 295 Optical Systems 4
SV 151 Principles of Economics 4
ES 203 Electrical Systems 4
  Total 16
Junior Year    
Fall Term   Credit
PH 316 Electric and Magnetic Fields 4
HSS Elective 4
PH 405 Semiconductor Materials 
and Applications
4
MA 223 Engineering Statistics I 4
  Total 16
Winter Term   Credit
HSS Elective 4
PH 317 Electromagnetism 4
RH 330 Technical and 
Professional Communication.
4
EP 406 Semiconductor Devices 
and Fabrication
4
  Total 16
Spring Term   Credit
EP 380 Nanotechnology, 
Entrepreneurship and Ethics
4
EP 410 Intro to MEMS 4
EP 415 Engineering Physics 
Project I
4


EP 408
Engineering Elective
or
Microsensors
4
  Total 16
Senior Year    
Fall Term   Credit
EP 416 Engineering Physics 
Project II
4
EP 411 Advanced topics in MEMS 4
OE 495 Optical Metrology 4
  Engineering Elective 4
  Total 16
Winter Term   Credit
EP 417 Engineering Physics 
Project III
4
HSS Elective 4
  Elective 4
PH 401 Intro Quantum Mechanics 4
  Total 16
Spring Term   Credit
HSS Elective 4
HSS Elective 4
  Science Elective 4


EP 408
Engineering Elective
or
Microsensors
4
  Total 16
  Total credits required: 193

*If students miss OE 172 in the freshmen or sophomore year, this requirement must be replaced with a 300 or 400-level OE course of at least 2 credits.
EP 415, EP 416, and EP 417 are courses the student can take from any engineering department where the student has an area of concentration. The projects will have industrial clients that emphasize both physics and engineering and it may be jointly administered with the respective departments.
EP course descriptions are listed under the Physics and Optical Engineering Department.

Courses taken in the respective departments:

Subjects #Classes Hours
Physics(PH) 10 40
Math(MA) 6 27
Chemistry(CHEM) 2 8
Computer Science(CSSE)/ME 1/0 or 0/1 4
EM 2 4
CLSK 1 1
Engineering Science 3 11
Optical Engineering (OE) 3 10
HSS 9 36
Engineering Physics (EP) 6 24
Engineering Physics Project(EP) 3 12
Elective(Science, Eng. and Free) 4 16
Total 50 193

SUMMARY OF GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS FOR ENGINEERING PHYSICS

  1. All the courses listed above by the number.
  2. The program must be approved by the EP advisor.
  3. A list of the engineering electives is provided.
  4. An engineering elective is any RHIT course in an engineering discipline.
  5. Science electives are courses that should be taken in the physics, chemistry, math, or biology programs.
  6. A free electives is any course in engineering, science, humanities, military science, or air science.
Classes by Subjects Hours
Physics Coursework* 40
Chemistry and Mathematics Coursework** 35
Humanities and Social Science(Standard requirement) 36
Computer Science, EM, CLSK Courses 9
Engineering Science Classes 11
Other Engineering Classes (Optical) 10
EP Courses 24
EP Projects 12
Engineering Electives 8
Science and Free Electives 8
Total 193

Foundation Physics Classes

Course Description Hours
PH 235 Many Particle Physics 4
PH 255 Foundations of Modern Physics 4
PH 316 Electric & Magnetic Fields 4
PH 317 Electromagnetism 4
PH 401 Introduction to Quantum Mechanics 4
Total   20

General Foundation Classes

Course Description Hours
PH 111 Physics I 4
PH 112 Physics II 4
PH 113 Physics III 4
MA 111 Calculus I 5
MA 112 Calculus II 5
MA 113 Calculus III 5
MA 211 Differential Equations 4
MA 212 Matrix Algebra and Systems of Differential Equations 4
MA 223 Engineering Statistics 4
CHEM 105 Engineering Chemistry I 4
CHEM 107 Engineering Chemistry II 4
Total   47

Engineering Sciences Foundation

Course Description Hours
EM 104 Graphical Communications 2
OE 172 Optics in Technology 2
ES 201 Conservation and Accounting Principles 4
ES 202 Fluids and Thermal Systems 3
ES 203 Electrical Systems 4
EP 280 Introduction to Nano-engineering 4
PH 292 Physical Optics 4
OE 295 Optical Systems 4
EP 380 Nanotechnology, Entrepreneurship and Ethics 4
PH 405 Semiconductor Materials and Applications 4
EP 406 Semiconductor Devices and Fabrication 4
EP 410 Introduction to MEMS; Fabrication and Applications 4
EP 411 Advance Topics in MEMS 4
OE 495 Optical Metrology 4
  Engineering Elective 8
CSSE 120/ME 123 Computer Programming 4
Total   67

Design Sequence

Course Description Hours
EM 103 Introduction to Design 2
EP 415 Engineering Physics Projects I 4
EP 416 Engineering Physics Projects II 4
EP 417 Engineering Physics Projects III 4
Total   14

Recommended Engineering Electives: Requires the approval of the advisor.
The EP advisory committee can modify this list and add more courses over time.

ECE 204 AC Circuits
ECE 205 Dynamic Systems
ECE 351 Analog Electronics
ME 424 Composite Materials & Mechanics
OE 485 Electro-Optics & Applications
OE 450 Laser Systems
ME 328 Engineering of Materials
CHE 315 Materials Science & Engineering
EP 440/407* Advanced Materials
* indicates a course that is under development.