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B.S. in Engineering Physics

The Bachelor of Science in Engineering Physics is designed to produce graduates with the knowledge and skills of both scientists and engineers. Combining the fields of space systems engineering and space physics, this program focuses on the scientific challenges and planning associated with mission design and research related to the exploration of the space environment, thereby providing an excellent stepping stone into the space program. Additionally, the Engineering Physics program’s strong emphasis on fundamental mathematics, engineering and applied sciences also provides the flexibility to enter a broad variety of engineering and physics applications and graduate programs.

The B.S. Engineering Physics program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org. This program supports the University’s purpose “to provide a comprehensive education to prepare graduates for productive careers and responsible citizenship with special emphasis on the needs of aviation, aerospace engineering, and related fields".

Admission Requirements

To enter this program, students must have completed four years of high school science and mathematics, demonstrating a high level of competency. Successful candidates for this program will be prepared to enter Calculus I and Chemistry for Engineers.

Spacecraft Systems Area of Concentration

The Engineering Physics degree with an area of concentration in Spacecraft Systems is specifically designed for students with interests in space physics, applied mathematics, and aerospace engineering sciences. The student MAY declare a Minor in Mathematics. The math courses required within the BSEP may fulfill the requirements of the Math Minor but the student will be held to Minor Policies, specifically they must complete the minor with a 2.00 GPA or higher. Students of this AOC benefit from a broad education in many disciplines of engineering and physics and graduate as versatile systems engineers and space scientists.

Spacecraft Instrumentation Area of Concentration

The Engineering Physics degree with an area of concentration in Spacecraft Instrumentation is specifically designed for students with interests in space physics, applied mathematics, and electrical engineering. The student MAY declare a Minor in Mathematics. The math courses required within the BSEP may fulfill the requirements of the Math Minor but the student will be held to Minor Policies, specifically they must complete the minor with a 2.00 GPA or higher. Students of this AOC benefit from in-depth training in electrical engineering and space physics, and graduate as engineers with instrumentation expertise and space scientists.

Degree Requirements

The Bachelor of Science in Engineering Physics degree program requires 128 credit hours. The program can be completed in eight semesters. The courses necessary to earn this degree are listed below.

Students should be aware that several courses in each academic year may have pre-requisites and/or corequisites. Check the course descriptions at the back of this catalog before registering for classes to ensure requisite sequencing.

Remaining on Track for Engineering Physics

A grade of C or better is required in MA 241/242/243 and PS 226/227/228 as a pre-requisite for entry into all subsequent EP and PS courses. Additionally, Engineering Physics students must attain a CGPA of 2.5 or higher in these six courses. Failure to satisfy the above requirement will prevent the student from continuing in the program.  

General Education Requirements

For a full description of Embry-Riddle General Education guidelines, please see the General Education section of this catalog. These minimum requirements are applicable to all degree programs.

Spacecraft Systems Area of Concentration

Year One
Credits
EP 101 Current Topics in Space Science 1
EGR 120 Graphical Communications 3
MA 241 Calculus and Analytical Geometry I 4
MA 242 Calculus and Analytical Geometry II 4
PS 140 Chemistry for Engineers 4
PS 141 Chemistry for Engineers Laboratory 1
Communication Theory and Skills * 6
PS 226 Physics I 3
PS 226L Physics I Laboratory 1
HU Lower-Level Elective * 3
SS Lower-Level Elective * 3
 Credits Subtotal33.0
Year Two
CS 223 Scientific Programming in C 3
ES 201 Statics 3
ES 202 Solid Mechanics 3
ES 204 Dynamics 3
MA 243 Calculus and Analytical Geometry III 4
MA 345 Differential Equations and Matrix Methods 4
Communication Theory and Skills * 3
HU/SS Lower or Upper Elective * 3
PS 227 Physics II 3
PS 228 Physics III 3
PS 228L Physics III Laboratory 1
 Credits Subtotal33.0
Year Three
EE 327 Electrical Engineering Fundamentals 3
EP 340 Introduction to Space Systems Design 2
EP 391 Microcomputers and Electronic Instrumentation 3
EP 391L Microcomputer and Electronic Instrumentation Laboratory 1
EP 393 Spaceflight Dynamics 3
EP 394 Space Systems Engineering 3
ES 206 Fluid Mechanics 3
MA 441 Mathematical Methods for Engineering and Physics I 3
MA 442 Mathematical Methods for Engineering and Physics II 3
ME 200 Machine Shop Laboratory 1
PS 303 Modern Physics 3
PS 305 Modern Physics Laboratory 1
PS 320 Classical Mechanics 3
 Credits Subtotal32.0
Year Four
EP 320 Electro-Optical Engineering 3
EP 410 Space Physics 3
EP 440 Engineering Electricity and Magnetism 3
EP 455 Quantum Mechanics 3
EP 496 Space Systems Design I 3
EP 497 Space Systems Design II 3
Engineering Elective *** 6
PS 290 Physics Laboratory Practicum 0
HU/SS Upper-Level Elective * 3
Open Electives 3
 Credits Subtotal30.0
 Credits Total: 128

Spacecraft Instrumentation Area of Concentration

Year One
Credits
EP 101 Current Topics in Space Science 1
EGR 120 Graphical Communications 3
MA 241 Calculus and Analytical Geometry I 4
MA 242 Calculus and Analytical Geometry II 4
PS 140 Chemistry for Engineers 4
PS 141 Chemistry for Engineers Laboratory 1
Communication Theory and Skills * 6
PS 226 Physics I 3
PS 226L Physics I Laboratory 1
HU Lower-Level Elective * 3
SS Lower-Level Elective * 3
 Credits Subtotal33.0
Year Two
CEC 220 Digital Circuit Design **3
CEC 222 Digital Circuit Design Laboratory **1
CEC 315 Signals and Systems **3
CEC 320 Microprocessor Systems **3
CEC 322 Microprocessor Systems Laboratory **1
CS 223 Scientific Programming in C 3
MA 243 Calculus and Analytical Geometry III 4
MA 345 Differential Equations and Matrix Methods 4
ME 200 Machine Shop Laboratory 1
Communication Theory and Skills * 3
PS 227 Physics II 3
PS 228 Physics III 3
PS 228L Physics III Laboratory 1
 Credits Subtotal33.0
Year Three
EP 340 Introduction to Space Systems Design 2
EP 391 Microcomputers and Electronic Instrumentation 3
EP 391L Microcomputer and Electronic Instrumentation Laboratory 1
EP 393 Spaceflight Dynamics 3
EP 394 Space Systems Engineering 3
MA 441 Mathematical Methods for Engineering and Physics I 3
PS 303 Modern Physics 3
PS 305 Modern Physics Laboratory 1
PS 320 Classical Mechanics 3
Engineering Elective *** 3
HU/SS Lower or Upper Elective * 3
Open Electives 3
 Credits Subtotal31.0
Year Four
CEC 410 Digital Signal Processing 3
CEC 411 Digital Signal Processing Laboratory 1
EP 320 Electro-Optical Engineering 3
EP 410 Space Physics 3
EP 430 Spacecraft Instrumentation 3
EP 440 Engineering Electricity and Magnetism 3
EP 455 Quantum Mechanics 3
EP 496 Space Systems Design I 3
EP 497 Space Systems Design II 3
MA 442 Mathematical Methods for Engineering and Physics II 3
PS 290 Physics Laboratory Practicum 0
HU/SS Upper-Level Elective * 3
 Credits Subtotal31.0
 Credits Total: 128
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Any of the Embry-Riddle courses listed in the General Education Requirements list can be taken assuming prerequisite requirements are met. Courses from other institutions are acceptable if they fall into these broad categories and are at the level specified above in the Engineering Physics vertical outline.

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These are the courses that are different from those in the Space Systems Area of Concentration.

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 Any 3xx-4xx course with one of the following prefixes is an acceptable engineering elective: AE/CEC/CIV/CS/EE/EGR/EP/ES/ME/SE/SYS.