Department Chair: Andrew Pawl
Office: 225 Engineering Hall
Phone: 608.342.6160


Engineering Physics
Broad Field Science


Natural Science

About the Department, Majors, and Minors

The UW-Platteville Department of Engineering Physics offers majors in Engineering Physics and Broad Field Science, and minors in Physics and Natural Science.

Engineering Physics

University of Wisconsin Platteville’s Engineering Physics program is accredited under the General Criteria by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,

The engineering physics program at UW-Platteville is a hybrid of applied physics, electrical engineering and mechanical engineering. The engineering physics curriculum provides students with a fundamental knowledge of physics and the application of physics to engineering problem solving, including design. It includes introductory courses in mechanical and electrical engineering, as well as a significant professional engineering concentration tailored to suit the individual’s particular interest. The program is designed to address the needs of students seeking innovative careers in high-tech fields, areas where multiple engineering disciplines merge (e.g., electro-mechanical industries), or non-traditional engineering disciplines (e.g., optics or acoustics). The engineering physics program is also structured for those students who have an interest in the physical sciences as well as engineering. The majority of graduates of the engineering physics program have obtained engineering positions in fields such as automation/controls, mechanical design, electronics design, nuclear instrumentation, robotics, manufacturing/QC, medical devices, or research & development. Others have continued their studies earning M.S. and Ph.D.’s in Physics, Material Science, Electrical or Mechanical Engineering, and Electro-Optics.

Program Objectives

The engineering physics program provides engineering physics majors with a quality undergraduate education in liberal studies, mathematics, science and engineering to prepare them:

  1. to, within a few years of graduation, have attained positions as professionals in industry, government, or academia;
  2. to become responsible, accountable, current professionals who work effectively in multidisciplinary teams, readily adapt to broad technical challenges, and demonstrate leadership.

Program Outcomes

Graduates of the engineering physics program must fulfill the following program outcomes as part of their education in engineering physics:

  1. Engineering physics graduates from UW-Platteville must have demonstrated:
    1. working knowledge of fundamental physics and basic electrical and/or mechanical engineering principles
    2. the ability to identify, formulate and solve engineering physics problems
    3. the ability to apply the design process to engineering problems
    4. the ability to formulate, conduct, analyze and interpret experiments in engineering physics
  2. Engineering physics graduates from UW-Platteville must have developed professional skills which will allow them to:
    1. communicate their ideas effectively, both orally and in writing
    2. function effectively in multidisciplinary teams
    3. use modern engineering techniques and tools, including software and laboratory instrumentation
  3. Engineering physics graduates must have the educational background to be good citizens, as well as good engineers, including:
    1. an understanding of their professional and ethical responsibility to society
    2. knowledge of the relationship between technology and society
    3. a capacity and desire for lifelong learning to improve themselves as citizens and engineers
    4. a knowledge of technical contemporary issues

Curricular Goals

The engineering physics curriculum is 123 credits including 60 credits of engineering. The engineering physics program provides a balanced curriculum emphasizing physics and engineering principles with design, diverse hands-on experiences to prepare the engineering physics graduate for the demands of laboratory or manufacturing environments, and strong communication and team working skills. The engineering credits are divided nearly equally among electrical and mechanical engineering science, engineering physics and a professional engineering concentration. The electrical engineering and mechanical engineering science includes introductory courses that provide the necessary prerequisites for further study in these two areas. The engineering physics core covers nearly all the basic areas of physics with a special emphasis placed on practical problem solving, including design. The professional engineering concentration consists of electives. Here a student may tailor the program to suit individual interests by selecting from a long list of courses in electrical and mechanical engineering, as well as some courses in software and industrial engineering. While students are free to choose the electives, an emphasis in one of the following areas is recommended: controls, electronics, electric power, digital systems, materials science engineering, mechanical design, thermo-fluid systems, or (pre-) biomedical engineering.

Academic Standards

  1. An average G.P.A. > 2.00 is required for all professional engineering courses taken to fulfill the requirements of the engineering physics major (all required and elective engineering courses numbered 3000 or above).
  2. A “C-” or better is required in the following prerequisites for required courses in the engineering physics curriculum:
    MATH 2640Calculus and Analytic Geometry I4
    MATH 2740Calculus and Analytic Geometry II4
    MATH 2840Calculus and Analytic Geometry III4
    MATH 3630Differential Equations I3
    PHYSICS 2240General Physics I4
    PHYSICS 2340General Physics II4
    PHYSICS 3140Modern Physics4
    ENGRPHYS 4010Engineering Physics Lab2
    ELECTENG 1210Circuit Modeling I3
    ELECTENG 2210Circuit Modeling II4
    ELECTENG 2220Signals and Systems4
    GENENG 2130Engineering Mechanics-Statics3
    COMPUTER 1430Programming in C++3
  3. Only one “D/D+” in an ENGRPHYS course may be counted toward graduation.

General Requirements Bachelor of Science Degree

Total for graduation123
General education24

Admission Requirements

For admission to engineering physics, students must meet the following requirements:

  1. Complete the general engineering core for engineering physics (ENGLISH 1130, CHEMSTRY 1450, GENENG 1000, GENENG 1030, GENENG 2030, MATH 2640 and MATH 2740) with a minimum core grade point average. The required C.G.P.A. for engineering physics is 2.40 as of spring 2011. Students must also have a “C-” or better in MATH 2640 and MATH 2740.

Students who fail to meet the C.G.P.A. standard may appeal to the general engineering department. Appeals may also be considered by the engineering physics program.

Broad Field Science

The College of Engineering, Mathematics and Science administers an interdepartmental broad field science major and a natural science minor.


ENGRPHYS 3240 Applied Mechanics 4 Credits

Newtonian mechanics of particles and rigid bodies, including oscillations and central force motion, with applications to mechanical design. Introduction to Lagrangian and Hamiltonian methods.
Components: Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: "C-" or better in PHYSICS 2340 and GENENG 2130; C: MATH 3630
Typically Offered: Fall

ENGRPHYS 3640 Electric and Magnetic Fields 4 Credits

Electrostatics, magnetostatics, Maxwells equations, plane waves, and transmission lines.
Components: Class
Cross Offering: ELECTENG 3140
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: "C-" or better in ELECTENG 2220, MATH 2840, MATH 3630 and PHYSICS 2340
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring

ENGRPHYS 3950 Engineering Physics Cooperative Education 4 Credits

Work experience in industry under the direction of the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Science Cooperative Education and Internship Program. During co-op the student is expected to be away from his/her studies at UW-Platteville and work for an industry for a semester and summer. Credits do not fulfill graduation requirements.
Components: Field Studies
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring

ENGRPHYS 3970 Engineering Physics Internship 1 Credit

Work experience in industry under the direction of the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Science Cooperative Education and Internship Program. NOTE: This program is separate and distinct from the cooperative education program and is principally designed to cover the summer work experience. Internship is designed to provide experiential learning experience to the student during the summer period. Credits do not fulfill graduation requirements.
Components: Field Studies
Prereqs/Coreqs: junior standing
Typically Offered: Summer

ENGRPHYS 4010 Engineering Physics Lab 2 Credits

Experiments in physics, introduction to experimental techniques, systems engineering, and methods of experiment design.
Components: Laboratory
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: PHYSICS 3140 with a "C-" or better
Typically Offered: Fall

ENGRPHYS 4140 Applied Optics 4 Credits

Geometric and physical optics to minimally include ray matrices, Cardinal Points, time-harmonic waves, phasors, interference, diffraction, thin films, Fresnel relations, and Gaussian Optics. The course also includes a laboratory component which covers basic geometric and physical optics.
Components: Laboratory, Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: "C-" or better in PHYSICS 3140; C: ELECTENG 2220
Typically Offered: Spring

ENGRPHYS 4210 Sensor Lab 2 Credits

Study of the physics exploited by the most basic types of sensors, including photoelectric, electromechanical, resistive, inductive, capacitive, and chemical. Includes a study of the basic building blocks of a sensor system: the sensor itself, signal conditioning electronics, and computer interfacing.
Components: Laboratory
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: C- or better in PHYSICS 3140 and ELECTENG 2210 and COMPUTER 1430 and ENGRPHYS 4010
Typically Offered: Spring

ENGRPHYS 4220 Introduction to Quantum Electronics 2 Credits

Applications of quantum mechanics, statistical mechanics, and solid state physics to electronics, optoelectronics and other modern engineering technology.
Components: Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: "C-" or better in PHYSICS 3140
Typically Offered: Fall

ENGRPHYS 4930 Engineering Physics Design 3 Credits

Integration of technical knowledge in an open-ended, comprehensive design project which simulates an engineering project environment, including teamwork, project management, and oral and written reports.
Components: Laboratory, Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: "C-" or better in ENGRPHYS 4010 and student must be within one year of graduation
Typically Offered: Spring

ENGRPHYS 4980 Special Topics in Engineering Physics 1-3 Credits

A presentation of selected contemporary topics in physics.
Components: Laboratory, Class
Typically Offered: Occasional

ENGRPHYS 4990 Independent Study in Engineering Physics 1-4 Credits

Study of special topics and/or developments of special projects having department approval.
Components: Independent Study
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring/Summer

Faculty and lecturers

Additional information about the Faculty and Lecturers below may be found in the Faculty and Academic Staff section of this catalog.

Evensen, Harold T.

Gopalakrishnan, Gokul

Holden, Elizabeth A.

Kilian, Karland A.

Li, Wei

Pawl, Andrew

Rabidoux, Katherine C.

St.John, W. Doyle

Wu, Yan