The Engineering Physics program at University of the Pacific is offered through the cooperation of the Physics Department in the College of the Pacific and the School of Engineering and Computer Science. The Engineering Physics program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org. Engineering Physics is a field which provides broad training in physics and mathematics and basic training in engineering and design. The practitioner of engineering physics is often involved in the development of new devices and products using sophisticated physical concepts.
The engineering physics curriculum educates students to work in areas where technology is changing rapidly and where the boundaries of several traditional engineering disciplines overlap. Examples areas of multidisciplinary fields in need of engineering physicists include:
- medical imaging and instrumentation
- electronic materials
- quantum electronics
- What is Engineering Physics Engineering Physics combines basic engineering classes with fundamental physics and mathematics courses. Engineering Physics provides a more thorough frounding in applied physics of an area chosen by the student. Topics of study include: Applied thermodynamics, Optics, Nanotechnology, Superconductivity, Aerodynamics, Control theory and Solid State Physics.
- Careers in Engineering Physics A career in engineering physics offers employment in a huge variety of areas in engineering, applied science and applied physics with positions in: Private industry, National research laboratories, Universities, Federal government, Electronics industry, Petroleum industry, Chemical industry and Aerospace.
Development of Curriculum Plans
Students typically pick an electrical or mechanical engineering emphasis to augment their physics courses. Working with their faculty advisors, students can personalize their study plans to meet particular interests and to gain depth. All Engineering Physics students complete a Senior Design Project, which provides an opportunity to apply engineering fundamentals and design methods to the solution of a real problem. Example projects include an automatic digital blood pressure monitor, a laser display system, a magnetic levitation system and test-to-speech system.
Cooperative Education Program
Cooperative education is an integral part of the Pacific engineering program and all Pacific engineering students are required to complete 32 units of coop in order to graduate (non- U.S. citizens are exempt from the coop requirement.) Students take the 32 units of coop work for a Fall or Spring semester plus one Summer semester. Coop coordinators work with students to arrange relevant full-time paid jobs with engineering employers.